Brendan Cox, 44, has confirmed plans to remarry seven years after the tragic passing of his wife and former Labour MP Jo Cox.
Cox is set to marry Anna Ryder, 37, the director of Killed Women, an organisation that supports the bereaved families of violence against women.
‘We are both very much looking forward to celebrating with our families’, the father of two says. He adds that his children's response to wanting to marry Anna was ‘You're never going to do any better than Anna’.
‘They’re very excited about it’ he said.
Jo, 41, served as Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen from May 2015 until her death in June 2016. She was fatally attacked outside the Library and Information Centre in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where she was to hold a constituency surgery.
Cox told ITV’s Lorraine that he and Jo had previously talked about remarrying should one of them die.
‘I always knew she would want that’ he continued. ‘But i never thought it would happen because when you lose somebody like Jo, you never think you’ll find somebody with the energy and the love and the enthusiasm and the excitement that Jo had. Im incredibly lucky that I have”.
Mrs Cox was attacked by Thomas Mair, 53, an extreme rightwing terrorist who, during the attack, said ‘Britain first’ and ‘This is for Britain’.
Mair has been sentenced to life in prison due to the ‘exceptional seriousness’ of the offence and his motivations behind it. Mrs Cox had supported remaining in the EU during the referendum.
Prosecutors during Mr Mair’s trial say he researched right-wing politicians, as well as the Ku Klux Klan and civil rights activists killed by its supporters.
‘The prosecution suggests that motive was such that he killed her because she was an MP who did not share his views’.
Brendan celebrated Jo’s 49th birthday on Thursday, tweeting ‘Today would've been Jo’s 49th birthday - though I expect she would have still looked like she was 22’.
From the 23rd until the 25th of June begins The Great Get Together, a series of community events run in memory of Jo Cox, with the aim of promoting unity. Something Jo advocated for in her first parliamentary speech: ‘We have more in common than that which divides us’.
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