A few minutes ago Thomas Mair, 53, was found guilty of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox.
Over the next 24 hours we will hear a lot about Thomas Mair. We will hear how he had a 30-year history on the fringes of far-right groups. We will hear how he ordered bomb-making manuals from the US and read hardcore Nazi books. And we will hear how he targeted Jo Cox because, like many British nazis, he saw politicians as ‘traitors’.
But, for now, I think it is vital we remember Jo Cox: a mother of two young children, a wife and a tireless campaigner.
As a fitting tribute to Jo’s memory, we are asking people to share this drawing of her
Jo was murdered because she was a good person. She was killed because she cared for the very community where she was brought up. She was killed because she was a passionate supporter of equality and a vocal opponent of discrimination and hate. She was killed because the championed the rights of refugees and people suffering around the world.
Even as she was being attacked, her only thought was for the safety of others as she pleaded with her killer to just target her and leave her staff alone.
Jo embodied HOPE. In her maiden speech in Parliament she said that “we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”
That was Jo Cox.
HOPE not hate promises to continue Jo’s work. We will continue to fight injustice and hatred, and we will look for peaceful and constructive ways to break down barriers and division. And it is a commitment that I hope you will make too.
In the meantime, let's pay our respect to Jo and all she stood for by sharing this image on social media.
Remember her life, celebrate her vision, continue her fight #LoveLikeJo - please share