Tributes to Jo

Around the world, people have been inspired by Jo's example to take action to drive positive change in her memory.



“Our memories will be forever scarred by this moment. Our hearts will always be hurt at our country’s loss … Whenever you talked to her, the compassion in her eyes and the commitment in her soul shone through. Years of public service advancing the causes she cared passionately about should have been ahead of her.” - Gordon Brown



“Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy and a zest for life that would exhaust most people. Jo would have no regrets about her life. She lived every day of it to the full.” - Brendan Cox, Jo's husband 



“She was a woman utterly committed to serving others in the community and making a difference in it and the wider world, and was deeply committed to her own family as a wife and mother.” - Dr Jonathan Gibbs, Bishop of Huddersfield 



“I talked about Jo to my own daughter as I explained the news report and why I had been crying, she understood. I wanted to tell her that there are many women in the world who are wonderful, strong and powerful role models for us all and Jo was one of them... even though we didn't know her at all. That night we lit a candle to remember her.”  - Anonymous donor to the Jo Cox Fund



"Jo was struck down much too soon. So it now falls on all our shoulders – the woman I met in a Batley coffee shop, Jo’s friends, MPs, all of us – to carry on Jo’s work: to combat and guard against hatred, intolerance and injustice and to serve others with dignity and love. That is the best way we can remember Jo and all she stood for." - Rachel Reeves, MP



“I did not have the privilege of knowing her. But I know the spirit that defined her life… she believed in an idea that transcends borders and cultures – the power of people to bring about change, from the grassroots up.” - Barack Obama



 “She showed us that you can be small and still be a giant. And that’s what Jo was – a giant.” - Malala Yousafzai



“Togetherness, unity – these were values that drove Jo in all that she did. She believed in a world that celebrated and reflected our common humanity. She believed in a nation that was united and welcomed diversity.” - Julia Gillard


"Not only did Jo do nothing bad in her life but, much more importantly, she successfully strove always to do good. Happily, she was no saint. She was mischievous, merry and irreverent as well as focused, determined, resilient and brave." - Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead 



“Jo Cox was a voice of compassion, whose irrepressible spirit and boundless energy lit up the lives of all who knew her and saved the lives of many she never, ever met.” - David Cameron 


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