Cross-party vigil held at town hall in memory of Jo Cox MP

Hannah Crouch

Hannah Crouch

Party politics were pushed to the side on Saturday as various political figures from across all parties attended a vigil for Jo Cox.

The Labour MP for Batley and Spen was killed in Birstall in West Yorkshire on Thursday after she was shot and stabbed.

Royal Borough council leader, Cllr Simon Dudley and Cllr Simon Werner (Lib Dem, Pinkney's Green) both gave short speeches outside Maidenhead Town Hall in St Ives Road.

Chairman of the Maidenhead Labour Party, Graham Lee, also read out an excerpt from a statement by the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.

Afterwards he said he had been 'shocked' by the incident.

He added: "We need to make sure we remember this and act accordingly.

"I hope this sends a positive and powerful message that this tragedy will not be tolerated."

Home Secretary and MP for Maidenhead, Theresa May, also attended the event and laid down flowers.

Mrs May said: "Let's all of us who are elected representatives reaffirm our commitment to making other people’s lives better and to recognises that important bond that underpins our democracy and that link between the member of parliament and their constituents

"But today above all let’s remember a very bright star who was cruelly taken from her husband, her young children, her family and her friends.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them as we all mourn the loss."

The idea to hold a vigil came from the chairman of the Berkshire branch of Britain Stronger in Europe, Matt Bezzant.

Mr Bezzant said he was planning on campaigning in Maidenhead High Street but, following the events on Thursday, decided to organise a vigil instead.

"It was a very sombre affair and it has shocked a lot of people," Matt, who is also the chairman of the Taplow and Dorney Conservatives, said.

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