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Jo Cox funeral: People in Batley and Spen pay respects

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Image caption Mourners threw roses to pay their respects as the funeral cortege of Labour MP Jo Cox passed through Batley, West Yorkshire

Hundreds of people have paid their respects to Labour MP Jo Cox's Batley and Spen constituency ahead of a private family funeral service.

People applauded and threw flowers as the cortege passed slowly through Heckmondwike and Batley earlier.

The mother of two young children died on 16 June after being shot and stabbed outside a library in Birstall.

Amongst the mourners were school children, who held white roses as the cortege passed by.

People also left floral tributes and placed posters and placards along the route pledging to "Love Like Jo".

Live updates and tributes on Jo Cox's funeral

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Image caption Mourners held white roses - the symbol of Yorkshire - as the funeral cortege passed through the towns of Heckmondwike and Batley
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Image caption Pupils and staff of Norristhorpe Junior and Infant School in Heckmondwike hold white roses as they watch the cortege

The mother of two young children died on 16 June after she was attacked outside the library in the village of Birstall.

Her killing provoked a wave of shock worldwide and a memorial fund set up by Jo's husband and friends has raised nearly £1.5m for organisations she supported.

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Image caption Labour MP Jo Cox died after being attacked in her West Yorkshire constituency
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Image caption Actress Tracy Brabin was among the mourners in Batley
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Image caption Placards pledging to "LoveLikeJo" were place along the route

Ahead of the funeral, Jo's family said: "Knowing that so many people share both our grief and our determination to take forward Jo's legacy is a source of great strength at what otherwise feels like a very bleak time."

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Image caption People applauded and wept as the funeral cortege processed through Batley Market Place
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Image caption Some placed their own tributes outside shops
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Image caption The flag at Batley Town Hall flew at half-mast to mark the funeral

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