Buchan MP pays tribute to former Oxfam colleague Jo Cox

A tribute to murdered Labour MP Jo Cox in Aberdeen
A tribute to murdered Labour MP Jo Cox in Aberdeen

A North-East MP has paid her respects to the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox in a tribute before the House of Commons yesterday.

Dr Eilidh Whiteford, Banff and Buchan MP, addressed parliament on the passion and determination of the woman she knew since they were colleagues at Oxfam together.

Dr Whiteford said: “I want to pay tribute to a remarkable woman whose passion, determination and dedication characterised the short time she was with us, and rubbed off on those around her.

“I was lucky enough to know Jo long before either of us was elected to Parliament, when we both worked for Oxfam.

“Jo was an inspired and inspiring colleague. When we first met, Jo, still only in her twenties, was already heading up Oxfam’s advocacy office in Brussels, lobbying to make trade fair for developing countries, and she was a joy to work with.”

Dr Whiteford described her former colleague as smart, focused and driven but also singled out her generosity and her willingness to help others.

Dr Whiteford said: “Jo really was a bright star who helped others to shine.

“She could have done anything with her life, but she chose to spend it helping others and making the world a better place.”

Ms Cox was killed on Thursday June 16 outside a public library in Birstall where she had been planning to run a constituency surgery.

The 41-year-old had been shot several times and stabbed.

Thomas Mair, 52, from Birtsall, has been charged with her murder.