Remembering Jo Cox

Jo Cox is a symbol of the very best of British and European values, and her murder a tragic reminder of the consequences of irrationality and hate.

Many ECFR staff and Council members knew Jo Cox personally, and many more knew of her as one of the most promising of a new generation of Labour MPs. 

Now slain while doing her democratic daily work, she is for all of us a symbol of the very best of British and European values, and her murder is a tragic reminder of what irrationality and hate can do. 

Many of us have worked with her on different causes as an activist, including her time in Brussels, and remember her spark and drive. She campaigned until her dying day for refugees, the humanitarian plight of Syrians, and Britain's EU membership.  

Jo's power came from the fact that she always put humanity first.  She had no airs or graces but always came across as just one of us, working hard to make the world a better place. She reminded us that there are many good people all working in their different ways, of how fortunate we are to share in that, and that we should never take it for granted.

Our hearts go out to Brendan and the children. 


Jo’s family and friends have set up a fund in her honour to support some of the causes that she cared most about. Should you wish to contribute, you can find details here:

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