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Barack Obama meets with Jo Cox’s family to pay tribute to British MP


Husband of the British MP who was shot and stabbed to death in West Yorkshire in June said he talked to the US president about fighting extremism

Barack Obama paid tribute to Jo Cox, the British MP killed in June, in a meeting with her husband and young children at the White House on Friday.

Brendan Cox tweeted: The kids & I met @POTUS today. He was excellent with the kids, we talked about Jo, fighting extremism & the kids gave him their best drawings.

Cox, 41, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was shot and stabbed to death outside Birstall public library in West Yorkshire on 16 June. Thomas Mair, 52, is set to go on trial in November in what the judge has said will be treated as a terrorist case.

Brendan Cox, a campaigner and activist determined to continue his late wifes work, attended Obamas summit on refugees in New York this week. He then met the president in the Oval Office on Friday.

Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) September 23, 2016

The kids &I met @POTUS today. He was excellent with the kids, we talked about Jo,fighting extremism&the kids gave him their best drawings

A White House official said: The visit was the result of an invitation the president extended to Mr Cox and his family when he called him on June 17 to offer his sincere condolences on behalf of the American people.

The president reminded Mr Cox and his children that the selfless service to others of their late mother had made the world a better place, and reaffirmed their shared commitment to carry on the legacy of her work.

The death of Cox came at the height of the febrile debate over whether Britain should leave the European Union, a move she opposed, and caused widespread shock and revulsion.

In an article published in the New York Times on Friday, Brendan Cox wrote: In the months since Jos murder, Ive been focused on two things: first, on loving our children and giving them the security, support and reassurance they need to survive what happened. They are doing better than I could have hoped they have their mothers resilience and spirit.

Second, Ive thought about what we can do to advance Jos beliefs. While she worried about the direction of politics in many countries, she was never despondent. She knew from a lifetime of activism that most people are good, and that human empathy is a powerful force for change.

This week, former Coronation Street actress Tracy Brabin was selected as the Labour candidate for the by-election called following Coxs death. Other major parties have pledged not to contest the seat out of respect for the late MP.

Originally found athttp://www.theguardian.com/us