- Date of Birth:
- June 22, 1974
Jo Cox (born Helen Joanne Cox in Batley, West Yorkshire, England on June 22, 1974) was a politician in the United Kingdom’s Labour Party. She served as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Batley and Spen, for which she was elected in the 2015 general election. Before joining Parliament, Jo spent more than a decade working with aid agency Oxfam, working in a variety of roles from head of humanitarian campaigning to head of policy. She also advocated for women’s and children’s issues, spending four years as the national chair of the Labour Women’s Network. Jo passed away on June 16, 2016, at the young age of 41 after a man shot and stabbed her in her constituency following a regular meeting with constituents.
Best Known For:
Jo was best known for her role in the UK’s Labour Party, often referred to as a “rising star” within the party because of her beloved persona both in and outside of her political career.
Jo was married to Brendan Cox, who also worked in politics as an adviser on international development to Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Jo had two children with Brendan who were aged 3 and 5 at the time of her death. The Coxs lived on a converted barge that was anchored near Tower Bridge in London.