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Funeral for slain MP Jo Cox to be small, private family affair

By Dave Higgens

Published 12/07/2016

Attacked: former Labour MP Jo Cox
Attacked: former Labour MP Jo Cox

The funeral of Labour MP Jo Cox, who died after she was attacked in her constituency, will be a "very small and private family affair".

Her family has confirmed that the service will take place in her Batley and Spen constituency in West Yorkshire on Friday.

Arrangements, however, have been made for the cortege to stop at two locations to allow the public to pay their respects.

The 41-year-old mother-of-two died on June 16 after she was attacked outside her constituency surgery in Birstall. Her killing provoked a wave of shock around the UK and across the world.

In a statement issued through West Yorkshire Police, her family said: "We have been overwhelmed and touched by the love and support people have shown us since Jo's death. We are deeply grateful to all who have reached out to us.

"Knowing that so many people share both our grief and our determination to take forward Jo's legacy is a source of great strength at what otherwise feels like a very bleak time.

"Now, particularly for the children, we have decided that Jo's funeral will be a very small and private family affair.

"Anybody from the community who would like to pay their respects is welcome to gather along the areas outlined.

"Following this we would ask everyone to respect our privacy to enable us to grieve and rebuild as a family."

The location of the funeral has not been publicised.

Mrs Cox had been an MP for just over a year. Her dedication to a range of causes, both as an MP and in her previous work with development charities, drew praise from all sides of the political spectrum and prompted calls for a rethink of the public's attitude to public figures.

An inquest in Mrs Cox's death was opened and adjourned last month after hearing she died from multiple stab and gunshot wounds.

Thomas Mair (52) has been charged with murdering Mrs Cox, causing grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon. He is due to stand trial in November.

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