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Labour's performance 'would have excited Jo'

By Lizzy Buchan

The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox has said she would have been "hugely excited" by Labour's performance in the General Election, which fell days before the anniversary of her death.

Brendan Cox, whose wife was shot and stabbed in her Batley and Spen constituency on June 16 last year, said he felt "empty" when the results came in, as he recalled her excitement at being elected in the 2015 poll.

Describing his wife's "amazing empathy" and "zest for life", he said her murder had failed in its aim to drive people apart and ensured her voice was heard more than ever.

Mr Cox told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It was a weird election for me because last time, two years ago, I was with her at the count.

He said: "I think overall she would have been hugely excited that the Labour Party was doing much better than she probably would have anticipated it doing."

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