Batley and Spen will not be defined by the one person who took from us, but by the many who give.
I wasn’t elected in a conventional way and it was in the darkest of circumstances through the loss of my friend and inspiration, Jo Cox, that I came to be here.
What happened wasn’t only an attack on a woman, family and a community, it was an assault on the principles and basis of our democracy.
I will stand tall against those whose only mission is to divide our community.
It was in her maiden speech that Jo said ‘What surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us’.
We will never forget the difference Jo has made and through her legacy continues to make.
One gentleman from the community reflected ‘Jo was a small woman with a big kick’.
I witnessed that kick campaigning alongside Jo and the community to successfully defend Batley and Birstall’s local libraries.