Kim Leadbeater to receive MBE in New Year Honours

Our Ambassador and Jo Cox's sister, Kim Leadbeater, is to receive an MBE in the New Year Honours List, awarded for services to social cohesion, the community in Batley & Spen, West Yorkshire, and combatting loneliness during Covid-19



Kim Leadbeater commented:

"I am very honoured and humbled to receive this recognition. I would have much preferred for my sister to be here carrying on the work she started on loneliness and so much else, but while this is sadly a bittersweet moment for our family, I know that Jo would be extremely proud.

For me this is not a personal achievement - it is an acknowledgement of the many people who have worked alongside me since Jo’s murder to make a difference on the issues she cared deeply about. I am reminded every day that you are only as good as your team and your support network - and mine are amazing.

This includes many volunteers locally and across the country, family and friends, the Jo Cox Foundation staff, and the More in Common group in Batley & Spen. The love and support of my parents and partner have carried me through some of the darkest of times. Jo’s children remain my constant inspiration, along with Jo herself of course.

After such a difficult year for so many, the work of The Jo Cox Foundation has never been more important. We face unprecedented levels of loneliness and social isolation, compounded by grief and bereavement along with serious concerns around mental health and well-being. Communities across the UK will sadly face many more challenges in the coming months. I intend to use the recognition of this honour to turbo-charge my efforts and those of my team to make as much difference as we can in 2021.

Many thanks, Kim"