Slain British lawmaker laid to rest in private ceremony

Mourners paying their respects as the funeral cortege of British MP Jo Cox passes through Batley, Britain, yesterday. Mrs Cox was murdered on June 16 while she was on her way to meet her constituents.
Mourners paying their respects as the funeral cortege of British MP Jo Cox passes through Batley, Britain, yesterday. Mrs Cox was murdered on June 16 while she was on her way to meet her constituents.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

BATLEY (England) • The funeral of lawmaker Jo Cox, whose murder shocked Britain in the run-up to last month's European Union referendum, was held yesterday in the constituency she represented.

Mrs Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two young children, was shot and stabbed in the street in the village of Birstall, West Yorkshire, on June 16, as she made her way to an advice session for the people she represented in Parliament.

The slaying of the opposition Labour Party lawmaker, a little over a year after she was elected, horrified politicians and the public.

Mrs Cox, who was an ardent supporter of Britain remaining in Europe, had campaigned for Syrian refugees and had praised the positive impact immigration had had on her constituency, Batley and Spen, a semi-rural area near the city of Leeds.

Her husband Brendan said on Twitter before the private service that he was "thinking of all victims of hatred today". "Jo would ask us not to fight hate with hate but draw together to drain the swamp that extremism breeds in," he said.

A 52-year-old local man, Thomas Mair, has been charged with Mrs Cox's murder and will go on trial in November.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2016, with the headline 'Slain British lawmaker laid to rest in private ceremony'. Print Edition | Subscribe