House of Commons speaker John Bercow pays tribute to slain MP Jo Cox ahead of anniversary of her murder

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Bercow described the murder as "an assault on democracy" (Source: Getty)

House of Commons speaker John Bercow has marked the first anniversary of the death of Jo Cox by paying tribute to her.

Cox was killed in her constituency of Batley and Spen on 16 June last year, just one a week before the UK went to the polls on EU membership.

Her widow, Brendan Cox, has been an active campaigner since her death and helped to create "The Great Get Together" this weekend, a series of events which will see traditional rivals link arms.

In his statement, Bercow paid tribute to Cox's work both as an MP and a charity campaigner.

"I didn’t know Jo until she was elected and therefore I was privileged to know her for just one year. But in the year that I did know her, I saw and heard her a great deal," Bercow said.

"She made a huge impact on me and my strong sense is that she made a huge impact on everyone around her. She came into politics for all the right reasons and was doing a magnificent job."

With less than a week before the state opening of parliament, Bercow described Cox's murder as "an attack on democracy"

"In her honour, in Jo’s honour, and as we begin this new Parliament, it is incumbent upon us all to rededicate ourselves to our democracy, and stand together in the face of those who seek to destroy it,” he said.

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