Boating Community Honors MP Jo Cox After Tragic Death

June 2016 Web Exclusive

After Member of Parliament (MP) Jo Cox was tragically killed yesterday, the Evening Standard shared that mourners were quick to cover her Thames houseboat with flowers and photographs. The 41-year-old, her husband Brendan, and their two children had enjoyed time between the houseboat and their home in West Yorkshire after Cox was elected as MP for Batley and Spen last year.

It didn’t take long for Cox and her family to establish ties with their boating community, as evidenced by the love and support outpoured by her dock neighbors following the fatal shooting and stabbing outside her constituency surgery in Birstall. Anne Wainwright, chair of Hermitage moorings, told the Evening Standard, “Today is the saddest day of this close community. We have lost a dear, dear, friend in the most tragic and outrageous circumstances. We pay tribute to our amazing, wonderful and spirited member of this community. A beacon of hope who believed in love, friendship and values that we all so much need at this time. The community will continue to be inspired by her relentless energy and her commitment to all that is good. Our thoughts go to her husband Brendan and her two wonderful children.”

The Cox’s dockmates are joined by Londoners everywhere as multiple emotional vigils take place across the capital in a beautiful outpouring of love and support, an inspiration to see after such tragedy. 

Photos credited to the Evening Standard

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