Partner of Jo Cox’s sister asks her to ‘step down’ as MP after David Amess killing

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The sister of slain MP Joe Cox has said her colleague had suggested her step down from becoming a Member of Parliament following the assassination of Sir David Ames.

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Kim Leadbeater, who represents Battle and Spain in West Yorkshire, said she felt “terrified” after the fatal attack on a Conservative MP at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex.

The Labor member said: “My partner came home and said ‘I don’t want you to do this any more because the next time he calls, it might be a different conversation.


He continued: “Absolutely shocked by what has happened that something so terrible could happen to another MP, to another family. And scared and scared – a real rollercoaster of emotions.”

Ms Cox was the last serving MP to be killed before Sir David on Friday. He was also stabbed to death in his constituency – Batali and Spain – in June 2016 while on his way to meet constituents during a surgery in Birstall.

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Speaking of Sir David, Ms Leadbeater said: “My phone immediately started ringing, my mum and dad, my partner, my friend, ‘Are you okay?’ And I was like, I was going to a school.

“But the shock and the feelings for us as a family, obviously the phase we have gone through and another family going through the same phase again, is horrifying. It is hard to put into words what it is for me. How does it feel

“The main people I’m thinking of are David’s family, his friends and the community he represents and has represented for so long.

“I think that’s what people need to understand, it’s about a lot of people whose lives are changed forever today.

“People still come up to me and talk to me about where they were when Joe was murdered. His life has just changed.”

She continued: “At the heart of this are David’s family and friends. I now know for them that their life will never be the same again, they will think about it every single day for the rest of their lives.

“Even David’s employees – today there are many others trying to do the right thing, trying to do the really important thing in public life, and it happens.

“I can’t believe this has happened. It feels so raw to me.

“I know from the messages I get from politicians across the political spectrum, it’s incredibly raw to them.”

Friday’s attack has now been declared a terrorist incident by the police. A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and the investigation is now under the control of anti-terrorism spies.


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