CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development, expresses our shock and deep sadness at the killing yesterday of Jo Cox MP.

Jo worked tirelessly to make the world a better place. She served with Oxfam GB including the Oxfam EU office from 2001 to 2009 (while she was head of the office, Oxfam became a member of CONCORD). Jo was committed to an internationalist and European approach to global justice.

Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences go out to Brendan Cox and their children. Perhaps the best way we can honour Jo’s memory is to continue her fight for the better, more just society that she believed in and campaigned for in her life. A life that was cut tragically short on the streets of her constituency yesterday.

Former CONCORD President Joanna Maycock was a close friend of Jo’s. She said: “Jo Cox was a dear personal friend of mine for twenty years. She was an extraordinary, brilliant and fearless woman driven by a passion for global social justice, and a belief that we can and must fight for a safer, fairer and more equal world. It was truly a privilege to be her friend and hard to believe that she has been taken so brutally from us. I know she would want us to come together with renewed vigour and intent in our joint struggles to bring love and peace where too often fear and cynicism prevail.”

“Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo’s friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.”

“Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people.”

“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. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.”

“Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.”

Brendan Cox