There are few moments in politics when parties put aside their differences to come together. Yesterday’s tragic events in Birstall has brought about one such occasion. After the terrible killing of Labour MP Jo Cox, the Conservatives have said they will not be contesting the by-election held in Batley and Spen. In a statement, the Conservative party said:
‘Following the tragic killing of Labour MP Jo Cox, the Conservative Party has decided not to contest the forthcoming by-election as a mark of respect to a much-loved and respected politician’
The Prime Minister, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow have also appear together in a tribute to Cox today in Batley and Spen: a fitting show of solidarity to an MP who set up the All Party Parliamentary Working Group on Syria and by all accounts was eager to put party differences to one side for the common good. Jeremy Corbyn also confirmed in his emotional tribute to Cox that Parliament will be recalled on Monday in order for MPs to ‘pay due tribute to her on behalf of everyone in this country who values democracy’.