Merton Council pays tribute to MP Jo Cox

Merton Council has paid tribute to Labour MP Jo Cox who was killed in her constituency on Thursday.

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From left: Merton Council Leader Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Merton Conservatives Leader Councillor Oonagh Moulton and Merton Park Ward Independent Residents group councillor Edward Foley. 

A cross-party statement from the Labour administration, Merton Conservatives and the Merton Park Ward Independent Residents group expressed shock at the killing in Birstall, West Yorkshire,  of MP Jo Cox.

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The Union Jack flies at half mast outside the Civic Offices in memory of MP Jo Cox

A 52-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the killing.

Merton Council lowered the Union Jack flag outside the Civic Offices as a mark of respect.

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The lowered flag sits alongside the rainbow flag which flies at half mast in tribute to the 49 people killed by gunman Omar Mateen in a nightclub in Orlando at the weekend.

The statement said: “We are all shocked by the killing of Jo Cox MP. All our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and her children.  Jo was a rising star in Westminster and a brave and hard working Member of Parliament, mother and wife.

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“Her values of service, tolerance and community are values we all need to safeguard and cherish in Merton and throughout the country.

“We are all agreed that democracy must prevail at all times.”