Jo Cox honoured with coat of arms in Parliament

Murdered MP Jo Cox has been honoured by having a coat of arms unveiled in Parliament by her two children.

Cuillin, six, and Lejla, four, designed the memorial plaque which was installed in the Commons chamber as part of a “family day” in Parliament.

A coat of arms being unveiled in Parliament in honour of murdered MP Jo Cox, by her two children Cuillin, six, and Lejla, four
A coat of arms being unveiled in Parliament in honour of murdered MP Jo Cox, by her two children Cuillin, six, and Lejla, four CREDIT: PA /UK PARLIAMENT/JESSICA TAYLOR

MPs and staff were encouraged to bring their children into the chamber, and there was a special question time where the youngsters quizzed Commons Speaker John Bercow on how Parliament works.

Inspired by Mrs Cox’s maiden speech, which contained the line “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”, the plaque bears the motto “More in Common”.

It has elements to show Mrs Cox's love of rivers and mountains and her support for women, as well as four roses to represent each of her family members
It has elements to show Mrs Cox’s love of rivers and mountains and her support for women, as well as four roses to represent each of her family members CREDIT: PA/UK PARLIAMENT/JESSICA TAYLOR¬†

It also has elements to show Mrs Cox’s love of rivers and mountains and her support for women, as well as four roses to represent each of her family members – two red for Labour and two white for Yorkshire.

The unveiling – which was rescheduled due to the General Election – comes shortly after the first anniversary of the Labour MP’s murder by right-wing extremist Thomas Mair as she arrived to host a surgery in her Batley and Spen constituency.

She was shot and stabbed by Mair, an unemployed gardener, and later died of her injuries. He was jailed for life in November.

Last weekend the first annual “Great Get Together” event was held in her memory.

Neighbourhoods across the country held street parties in an effort to “bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us”.

MPs killed while in office are traditionally remembered by heraldic shields in the Commons.

As well as honouring MPs who fell during military campaigns, there are also shields in memory of Conservative MP Ian Gow, who was killed by an IRA car bomb in 1990, and shadow Northern Ireland secretary Airey Neave, who died in a car bomb attack in Westminster in 1979.

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