THE SISTER of murdered MP Jo Cox said she doesn’t want her death to be in vain.
Speaking at the unveiling of a street name dedicated to the former Batley & Spen MP in Brussels last Thursday, Kim Leadbeater said: “After Jo was killed it felt like there was a real hope that some things would change.
“Obviously for us everything changed forever, but beyond that I think a lot of people hoped that the violent assassination of a young mother of two small children on the streets where she grew up would have a profound and long-lasting effect on the political discourse in the UK and beyond.
“However, over two years later and despite many people working extremely hard to ensure that Jo’s murder was not in vain, I am sadly not at all sure that this is the case. As well as being a celebration of Jo’s life I feel that today is also an opportune time to reflect on this.”
Kim was joined by her mum and dad Jean and Gordon Leadbeater at the square – now named ‘Place Jo Cox’ – just behind the Ancienne Belgique concert venue where Mrs Cox visited when worked in Belgium.
Mrs Cox was included on a list of “illustrious women” who will have squares, streets and buildings named after them as part of the city’s plans for female and male equality. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also spoke at the event.