Cullen pays tearful tribute to slain British MP

MP Nathan Cullen pays tribute to MP Jo Cox in the House of Commons

  • Jun. 17, 2016 12:00 p.m.

An emotional Nathan Cullen rose in Parliament to pay tribute to British MP and personal friend Jo Cox, who died after being shot while meeting with constituents in northern England yesterday.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to the life of Jo Cox, a mom of two beautiful children, a friend, a dedicated labour MP, and a long advocate of human rights in Britain and around the world, who was murdered today,” said Cullen.

“She dedicated her passion to those who needed it most, and she harnessed her limitless love, even and especially for those who allowed hate to consume them.”

Cullen, who has known Cox for several years through their shared work on human rights in civil and military conflicts, spoke tearfully of the 41-year-old assassinated politician’s two young children.

“Her husband Brendan said it beautifully: ‘She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love, and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her.’

“To Brendan, and to Jo’s beautiful children, we express our deepest condolences.”

British media  are reporting the Opposition MP was shot two times and possibly knifed in the early afternoon and pronounced dead shortly before 2 p.m. local time.