Belfast Telegraph

Mourners clap and throw flowers in streets as slain MP laid to rest

By Amy Murphy

Hundreds of people lined the streets to pay their respects as the funeral of murdered MP Jo Cox took place yesterday.

There were emotional scenes as the cortege travelled through her Batley and Spen constituency in West Yorkshire.

The mother-of-two died on June 16 after being shot and stabbed outside a library in Birstall. Her killing provoked a wave of shock around the UK and across the world.

Members of the public, including schoolchildren, gathered in Heckmondwike to say a final farewell to the MP.

Well-wishers applauded as the funeral cars made the journey through the town. Many threw flowers in the path of the vehicles as they passed.

Children from Norristhorpe Junior and Infant School were among the first of the mourners to set down white roses.

One woman walked into the road as the cortege drove by to lay a large bouquet on the bonnet of a hearse that was strewn with roses and sunflowers.

Mrs Cox's coffin could be seen in the back of the vehicle, surrounded by white floral tributes.

In Batley, the crowds also applauded as the cortege passed.

Mrs Cox's family asked that the funeral service remain a small and private occasion for close friends and family only.

Mrs Cox had been an MP for just over a year when she was murdered.

She was elected to represent the Batley and Spen constituency, in which she grew up, only last May.

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