Home Secretary Amber Rudd
Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, said she was determined that we challenge extremism in all its forms. She said:
“Jo Cox was a committed and passionate politician, devoted to her two young children and her husband, and our thoughts are with her family today.
“The shocking and senseless murder of Jo was an attack on all of us and the values we share of democracy and tolerance.
“As Home Secretary I am determined that we challenge extremism in all its forms including the evil of far-right extremism and the terrible damage it can cause to individuals, families and communities.
“Jo knew that tackling hatred and division is not something that can be done by Government alone but only by working in partnership with local people and groups, getting involved and speaking up for the values that make us the country we are proud to be.
“Jo’s life was brutally taken away. It falls on all of us to redouble our efforts to make sure the principles that she stood for live on.”
John McDonnell, shadow chancellor
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell used his opening remarks on the Autumn Statement in the Commons to pay tribute to the murdered MP.
Speaking shortly after the verdict was delivered, he said: “This morning we’ve heard the verdict from the trial following the tragic murder of Jo Cox.
“Jo Cox’s murder robbed this House of a fierce advocate for social justice and a passionate campaigner. Her killing was an attack on democracy itself. Our thoughts are with her family this morning.”
Philip Hammond, the Chancellor
Chancellor Philip Hammond, speaking in the Commons, associated himself with Mr McDonnell’s remarks on Mrs Cox.
He said: “(I) send my very deepest condolences to the family and her friends who will be suffering again today.”
Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen
Outside court, Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen said: “It is still hard to comprehend the magnitude of what happened in the quiet market town of Birstall on a day in June. The murder of Jo Cox was a tragedy on so many levels.”
Not only had it caused devastation to her family, the killing was the first of a female serving Member of Parliament, he said.
He said: “Jo Cox championed the democracy and inclusivity of this country and for that she paid the ultimate price.”
The officer paid tribute to those who came to the aid of Mrs Cox as well as the courage of the unarmed patrol officers who arrested the “cold-blooded killer” while he was still armed.
He added: “Nothing can excuse the evil and horror his actions brought to the small town of Birstall on June 16 this year.”
Sue Hemming, Crown Prosecution Service
Sue Hemming, head of special crime and counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Mair has offered no explanation for his actions but the prosecution was able to demonstrate that, motivated by hate, his pre-meditated crimes were nothing less than acts of terrorism designed to advance his twisted ideology.
“The CPS worked closely with police from the outset of their thorough investigation to build a strong case. This included the evidence of a number of brave eyewitnesses, who are to be commended. A jury has now unanimously agreed on Mair’s guilt of all offences committed during this disturbing attack.
“Our thoughts are with Jo Cox’s family, who attended the court hearing and have behaved with real strength and dignity throughout. The CPS will continue to work with criminal justice partners to combat those who seek to sow hatred and division by advancing extremist ideologies.”
Rev Paul Knight, vicar of Birstall
The vicar of Birstall, the Rev Paul Knight, said: “We’re relieved that it’s gone this far and that it’s wrapping up, really.
“We want to concentrate on the good things that can come out of this.
“Jo was so positive and changed so many lives. We want to make sure that’s the thing that’s remembered, not the guy that did it.”
Speaking outside Birstall Library, Mr Knight said: “We’re getting back to a normality but we’ll never forget Jo. That’s what we promised.”
He said: “Everybody always says that kind of thing doesn’t happen round here but it did. And we had deal with it and there was an incredible outpouring of grief.”