June 2017 – Jo Cox Memorial Wall, 2016

Jo Cox Memorial Wall. Photograph © David Holt

Labour MP Jo Cox was the Member of Parliament for Batley & Spen in West Yorkshire.  She became an MP in 2015 having previously worked for Oxfam.  As an MP, Jo Cox was involved in many aspects of political campaigning and had particular interests in foreign policy and international development.  As well as serving her constituency, she was especially concerned with the consequences of the civil war in Syria, with campaigning for women’s rights, and in promoting tolerance of ethnic diversity.

In 2016, prior to holding a constituency surgery, Jo Cox was murdered by someone with far right views.  It was the first time since 1990 that a serving British MP had been murdered.

Following Jo Cox’s death, a memorial was erected in Parliament Square in conjunction with the campaign group Avaaz.  The focus of the memorial was a wall on which hundreds of people from the UK and overseas left written tributes expressing their condolences and sympathies.  Flowers, candles and flags were also left.  Messages included:

“You were an example to all of us, the UK will miss you.”

“The world needs more inspirational women like you standing up for those without a voice.”

“In all its forms hate will never succeed. RIP Jo”.

Jo Cox’s life has inspired the Great Get Together, a weekend of community and neighbourhood events.  MPs are also discussing establishing a permanent memorial to her in London.

The memorial wall is now part of the People’s History Museum collection.  If you wish to view the wall please contact collections@phm.org.uk.

Image: © David Holt.