Jo Cox's Husband Is Who We Need To Listen To After Yesterday's Terrible Events

Brendan Cox spoke out this morning, telling the nation what helped him most after his wife's attack, and explains whose names we should keep repeating

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Responses to the Westminster Attack carried out yesterday have been deafening.

There has been an overwhelming message of unity and mourning from many people. However, messages of division have still come to light.

Jo Cox is the MP who was murdered in a terror attack last year by a white supremacist. Since her terrible death, her husband Brendan Cox has been a vocal advocate for unity in the face of any perceived threat to democracy and free speech.

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This morning he has spoken extensively about reactions to and the wider implications of the attack on Westminster.

He reiterated in multiple interviews and on Twitter that, although 'what happened' should be made accessible to people via the media, our thoughts should be with the the victims and their families and that their names are the names we should not forget, rather than the assailant's.

Policeman Keith Palmer and teacher Aysha Frade are the two murdered victims who have so far been named.

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Likewise, Cox explained how important it is for our national unity to remain unwavering.

He spoke to Radio 4's Today programme saying:

What the terrorist would like to happen is for us to fall apart and start blaming groups of people, to say that in some way this is Muslim or Islam as a whole...We have to remember that the person who did this is no more representative of British Muslims than the person who killed Jo is representative of people that are from Yorkshire. This is an extremist, we have to tackle that extremism, we have to fight it with everything we have. But the way we do that, and the way we will defeat it, is together and not by turning on ourselves.

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Brendan also gave his personal view on how he grieved the loss of his wife:

The first thing we need to do is to remember that this is a story about people who didn't come home yesterday, and the impact that will have on their families, the thousands of lives that will be touched by the individual tragedies...What helped me in the weeks after [Ms Cox's death] was that sense of public support, those thousand acts of kindness – the sense the person you lost meant something not just to you, but to others.

Many people have Tweeted in support of Cox's Statements.

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He also spoke to Good Morning Britain saying;

These people won't win, they're not going to defeat our country by driving a car down a bridge and mowing down pedestrians. The only way they'll win is if they sow discord and they drive us against each other. If you look around us, the people who are protecting us they're from all faiths and backgrounds they're all races and religions. We have to remember that we're united against these extremists no matter what their background. If we do that we'll succeed. These are extremists. We have to take them on and defeat them but without making the mistake that they represent the broader group.

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