“How unbelievably lucky we were to have her in our lives for so long”, said Brendan Cox, Jo Cox’s widower, yesterday to crowds gathered to honor the MP’s 42nd birthday.

Event on birthday of Jo Cox in Trafalgar Square on 22 June 2016.
Event on birthday of Jo Cox in Trafalgar Square on 22 June 2016. Image by Andrew Davidson. CC 4.0

Mrs Cox was shot and stabbed in Birstall, in her hometown of Batley, West Yorkshire. Her sister Kim Leadbeater praised her ‘compassionate and inspirational nature.”

Brendan Cox cruised down the Thames on a barge with both children Lejla, three, and Cuillin, five. He delivered a heartfelt speech to a vast crowd in Trafalgar Square. It towed a memorial boat named Yorkshire Rose covered in flowers. He said: “She was the best mum any child could wish for.”

Meanwhile, an aircraft company apologized for flying a Leave banner over the London event.

Tributes also took place in New York, Washington DC, Brussels, Melbourne and Beirut. Mr Cox said: “What a beautiful irony that an act designed for hatred brought us together in acts of love.”

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