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Summary

  1. Global tributes worldwide to mark birthday of killed MP Jo Cox
  2. Jo Cox's husband Brendan will attend a memorial in Trafalgar Square
  3. Live updates on Wednesday 22 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Our live updates of the events held around the world on what would have been Jo Cox's 42nd birthday have now finished.

Thousands turned out in her honour - from Yorkshire to Sydney and from New York to Trafalgar Square...

Crowd in Trafalgar Square
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'We bonded over feminism and dry white wine' - Mariella Frostrup

One of several events taking place across the country and around the globe was held in Trafalgar Square, London, where people used the inclusivity theme of the late MP's maiden speech in the Commons to remember Mrs Cox.

Mariella Frostrup
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Those on the stage were greeted by a sea of placards, many carrying the slogan #LoveLikeJo and #MoreInCommon, while others were simply colour portraits of the smiling MP. 

Hosting the event, Mrs Cox's friend and television presenter Mariella Frostrup said the pair bonded over mutual passions including "feminism and dry white wine".

Dublin tribute: 'Jo stood for the best'

Crowds gathered by Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin to remember MP Jo Cox.

Dublin tribute
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Jamie Drummond, who along with Bono co-founded poverty foundation One, was a friend of Mrs Cox's since her days working with aid agencies.

He said: "Jo stood for the best, whether as an activist on the outside or as an activist on the inside when she joined parliament."

A Yorkshire rose for a 'Yorkshire lass'

A member of the crowd attending a commemorative event to celebrate the life of killed Labour MP Jo Cox.

Yorkshire rose
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White roses left in tribute to Jo Cox

Nick Beake

Home affairs correspondent, BBC London

Crowds in central Brussels leave white roses as a tribute to Jo Cox.

Flowers left in Brussels
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Paris tribute: French national assembly hosts ceremony

A portrait of Jo Cox was displayed in front of the French National Assembly in Paris during a ceremony in tribute to the late MP.

Image of Jo Cox in Paris
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Band in Brussels celebrates life of Jo Cox

Nick Beake

Home affairs correspondent, BBC London

A Gypsy Balkan band celebrates the life of Jo Cox in heart of Brussels at the end of the memorial.

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'Modern day suffragette'

Ashley Semler

Journalist in Washington

"Jo Cox was a modern day suffragette," says Betsy McCallon, executive director of White Ribbon Alliance, at the Washington tribute. 

She adds Jo was one of her heroes and made every moment matter.

Betsy McCallon at Washington tribute event
BBC

Tribute to MP's 'confidence, determination and style'

Ashley Semler

BBC World News, Washington

In Washington, people watched a live stream of the Jo Cox memorial in London where husband Brendan was speaking.

Washington tribute to Jo Cox
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Former Oxfam colleague Bernice Romero says Jo Cox taught her about "confidence, determination and style".

Brussels tribute: 'We will love like Jo'

Nick Beake

Home affairs correspondent, BBC London

The audience holds hands and calls out in unison "We will love like Jo" as the event in Brussels ends.

Brussels tribute event
BBC

Gathering in Cambridge where MP studied

Louise Hubball

BBC Look East

Around 80 people gathered in Cambridge to pay tribute to MP Jo Cox who had studied in the city.  

Cambridge tribute to Jo Cox
BBC

Scenes from Batley: Goodbye, Jo

Trevor Gibbons

BBC Local Live

A mixed day of emotions here in Batley as today's event comes to a close.

Many people remain in the square chatting in the sunshine as the community clap and cheer in honour of the Batley and Spen MP.

Batley crowd
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Friends gather at Edinburgh beach to mark Jo Cox birthday

At Portobello Beach in Edinburgh, friends of Ms Cox gathered to celebrate her life. Her photo was placed on the sand next to 300 candles arranged into the words 'More In Common'. 

Portobello beach, Edinburgh
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Kim Wallace, a friend and former colleague of Ms Cox and her husband, said: "Jo was fearless in standing up for her beliefs and was a force for good, bringing people together."

Portobello beach, Edinburgh
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Nobel Peace Prize winner addresses Trafalgar Square crowds

Human rights campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai tells the crowd in Trafalgar Square that their response to the killing of Jo Cox shows that "once again, the extremists have failed" .

Malala Yousafzai
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New York tribute to Jo Cox: 'She was a pioneer'

Crowds also gathered outside the Unicef building in New York to remember Jo. 

David Miliband, head of humanitarian relief agency International Rescue Committee addressed the crowds.

Crowds also gathered outside the Unicef building in New York
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He said: "I want to not dwell on the lessons of her death but of her life. Jo broke all the rules. She was from a small town yet she broke out, but her soul never left home."

"She was a pioneer for a different kind of politics and, as a woman in politics, Jo showed how politics should be done."  

People gather to sign a book of condolence in memory of Jo Cox MP

Trevor Gibbons

BBC Local Live

Remembrance book
BBC

People continue to sign a book of condolence in memory of Jo Cox MP in Batley as the speakers lead more tributes.

Remembrance book
BBC

Poignant image as Brendan Cox attends wife's birthday tribute event

Brendan Cox listened intently in front of an image of his wife as tributes were paid to her during the rally in Trafalgar Square.

Brendan Cox in front of picture of his wife Jo Cox
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Scene in Batley during minute's silence

Trevor Gibbons

BBC Local Live

The silence when it came was total and heartfelt, save for the cries of a babe and the bark of a faraway dog.

The smell of flowers piled up in front of Batley town hall drifted across the hushed crowd of all faiths and none, those who knew her and those that wished they had. 

Crowd observe minute's silcence in Batley
Trevor Gibbons

Once the feed on the big screen from London had finished the mood picked up, a school choir belted out "Ain't no mountain high enough" and the crowd clapped along . 

The applause of a Yorkshire crowd for the speakers began to relax those gathered there and became a celebration of a remarkable life.

'Jo was caring, compassionate and inspirational': Kim Leadbeater on her sister

Kim Leadbeater
BBC

Kim Leadbeater urges people to do small day-to-day acts in her sister's memory.

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'Above all else she was a mum' - Brendan Cox on Jo

Brendan Cox, husband of Jo Cox, delivers a speech during a memorial event at Trafalgar Square.

Brendan Cox
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This was the response to his speech in Batley.

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In pictures: #LoveLikeJo

The crowd rally in Trafalgar Square, central London, to celebrate what would have been the 42nd birthday of Jo Cox MP.

LoveLikeJo
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LoveLikeJo
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'We honor the memory of Jo Cox' - United Nations in New York

The scene in Batley as crowds gather to remember 'our Jo'

BBC Radio Leeds

The sun broke out just in time for Batley to pay tribute to one of its own, our Jo.

Crowds in Batley
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The scene in Trafalgar Square

Thousands of people are now in place for the start of the event to remember Jo Cox on what would have been her 42nd birthday.

The MP died following an attack in her Batley and Spen constituency last week.

Jo Cox tribute in Trafalgar Square
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Jo Cox placards
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In pictures: Floral tribute floats down the Thames in honour of Jo

A boat with floral tributes to Jo Cox follows the boat carrying Brendan Cox, the widower of Labour MP, along the River Thames.

Thames
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Thames
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Thames
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Community come together in Batley Market Sqaure

Batley Market Square is starting to fill with people in preparation for the Jo Cox MP birthday event which will start at 16:00.

Batley Market Square
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Batley Market Square
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In pictures: People begin arriving for Jo Cox birthday memorial events

BBC Radio Leeds

Crowds are slowly starting to gather in Batley as the local community come together to remember Jo Cox MP, who represented the area.

Batley crowds
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Batley crowds
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Batley crowds
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Watch: Floral tributes in memory of Jo Cox MP left outside Batley Town Hall

'I hope we can stop the divides in our society'

BBC Radio Leeds

Tributes and events are taking place worldwide to mark the birthday of Jo Cox MP.

People will gather in New York, Paris, London and in Mrs Cox's Batley and Spen constituency.

Batley cafe owner
BBC

This is what people in Batley told us:

Linda Bennett, from Batley, said: "It's a bit frightening isn't it? So near home. All I can think about is those two poor children."

Chris Drake has come from Hebden Bridge because she felt that Jo Cox, like herself, wanted a better world:

"I hope we can stop the divides in our society."

Cafe owner Angela Putterill said "All I can say is it's tragic."

Along with her husband, both pictured, Angela owns the cafe next to Jo Cox's constituency office and across the street from the memorial service.

Oxfam staff prepare for Jo Cox event in London

Oxfam staff from the charity's Oxford HQ have travelled to Trafalgar Square to join events taking place around the world to mark the birthday of killed MP Jo Cox.

Organisers said the events, on what would have been her 42nd birthday, would "show the world we have more in common than that which divides us".

Tributes are planned in New York, Paris, London and in Mrs Cox's Batley and Spen constituency.

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Tributes mark Jo Cox's birthday

Syria vigil
Women Now

Events are taking place around the world to mark the 42nd birthday of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in her constituency last week.

The one pictured above took place in Syria, a place Jo had taken to her heart and had worked tirelessly to try and improve people's lives in the war-torn country.

Watch: York's Millennium Bridge tribute to MP Jo Cox

BBC Radio York

A special event is due to take place in York later paying tribute to killed Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.

It would have been the Labour MP's 42nd birthday today, but she killed in Birstall last Thursday. 

Selena Whitehead has organised the event at York's Millennium Bridge, which is expected to start at about 16:00, and this is what she has to say:

Watch: Birthday tribute planned in Batley for Jo Cox MP

Charles Engwell

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

An event is due to take place in Batley later to mark what would have been the 42nd birthday of killed Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.

The gathering in Batley this afternoon is one of several events taking place all over the world to celebrate Mrs Cox's life.

Reporter Charles Engwell explains what will happen.

On air: BBC Radio Leeds is live in Batley

BBC Radio Leeds

We're coming to you live from Batley on BBC Radio Leeds this afternoon.

Events are taking place around the world to mark the birthday of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox who was killed in her constituency in West Yorkshire last Thursday.

You can listen along live from 15:00 until 18:00.

Batley
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Leeds University open day 'will be hit by strike action'

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at the University of Leeds are expected to walk out tomorrow as part of a nationwide strike in a row over pay and conditions.

The action's been timed to coincide with an open day, with UCU members aiming to lobby prospective students and parents as they arrive, the union says. 

Parkinson Building, Leeds University
David Martin/Geograph

The walkout is part of a pay dispute, with the University and College Union rejecting a pay offer of 1.1%.  

Striking staff will be on picket lines outside the main entrance to the university from about 07:00, the union says.

My Local staff receive job pledges from former owners Morrisons

Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons has said it will offer jobs to most My Local staff in the event of the chain closing

My Local sign
BBC

The business was its convenience store offshoot - known as M Local - before it was sold last September.

My Local has 1,650 staff in some 130 stores. New owner Greybull Capital lined up administrators on Tuesday.

Morrisons said in a statement: "If no buyer is found, and stores close, we will welcome our former colleagues back to a job at Morrisons."

In pictures: Jo Cox MP remembered in Batley

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Events are taking place worldwide to mark the birthday of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox who was killed in Birstall six days ago.

These are the scenes in Batley this afternoon ahead of a special tribute event to Mrs Cox, who would have been celebrating her 42nd birthday today.

Batley Cox
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Cox Batley
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Cox Batley
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Bradford park art commemorates WW1 soldiers from British India

An outdoor work of art reflecting the exploits of the Indian Army which fought on the side of the British in World War One has been unveiled.

Art work in Bradford
BBC

Garden Within A Garden, by Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, has been painted in Lister Park and City Park, Bradford.

More than one million Muslim, Sikh and Hindu soldiers fought for Britain between 1914 and 1918.

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry, bright and humid

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be dry, bright and feeling increasingly humid with the chance of some thundery downpours.

Weather graph
BBC

Another warm day with highs of about 21C (70F).

A cloudy, mild and very humid night with lows of 15C (59F), with the risk of some torrential downpours early on, but these will ease as we make our way into the early hours.

'Honour guard' and U2 video tribute in London for killed MP Jo Cox

More details have been released about an event due to be held in London later to mark what would have been the 42nd birthday of Jo Cox MP, who was killed in Birstall last week.

Tributes to Jo Cox
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The event, called #MoreInCommon, will be hosted by BBC radio presenter Mariella Frostrup, a friend of Mrs Cox who has campaigned alongside her.

The tribute, due to be held in Trafalgar Square from about 16:00, is expected to include:

  • An "honour guard" of Mrs Cox's friends in the women's movement
  • The laying of 42 white roses by faith representatives
  • A film tribute to Mrs Cox made by her friend Sarah Hamilton
  • A speech by Mrs Cox's husband, Brendan
  • A video tribute from U2, a reading by Bill Nighy and a speech by Malala Yousafzai