Even as someone who stays well appraised of news and current affairs, I have to admit that prior to this time yesterday I hadn’t heard of Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley & Spen.
Tragically, like millions of people the world over, I am now all too aware of this wonderful woman, following her brutal murder.
The overwhelming outpouring of love, warmth, admiration and respect from those who knew Jo, gives the rest of us an insight into a truly lovely, compassionate, intelligent, gifted and tenacious lady.
Pure evil has robbed us all of a dynamic bundle of energy – a force for good – a politician who refused to be pigeon-holed by petty party politics, an individual who just wanted to make a positive difference.
The tributes following her death have gone way beyond the perfunctory sympathies expressed by politicians when a fellow Member of Parliament dies.
The killing of Jo Cox has shocked a nation, left her family, friends and colleagues grief-stricken and touched the hearts of those who didn’t know her personally or, until 24 hours ago, were ignorant of a Yorkshire lass, a 5ft ‘pocket rocket’ who worked and campaigned relentlessly to help some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.
RIP Jo Cox.