Here is husband Brendan's moving tribute to Jo Cox in full

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Jo Cox's grieving husband has said their two children were "enveloped in her love, excited by her energy and inspired by her example".

Brendan Cox paid a moving tribute to the 41-year-old MP who he fell in love with when they worked together at Oxfam.

Her murderer Thomas Mair was sentenced to life in prison after a guilty verdict was returned by the jury.

Speaking outside the Old Bailey, he said: "A few weeks ago Jo was taken from us and our lives collapsed.

Jo Cox on her wedding day (Jo Cox Foundation)
Jo Cox on her wedding day (Jo Cox Foundation)

"To the world, Jo was a member of parliament, a campaigner, an activist and many other things.

"But first and foremost she was a sister, a daughter, an auntie, a wife, and above all a mum to two young children who love her with all their being.

"All their lives they have been enveloped in her love, excited by her energy and inspired by her example.

(Yui Mok/PA)
(Yui Mok/PA)

"This has been Britain at its best - compassionate, courageous and kind. It's given us great strength and solace.

"We try now not to focus on how unlucky we were to have her taken from us, but how lucky we were to have her in our lives for so long.

"To the person who did this we have nothing but pity - that his life was so devoid of love and consumed with hatred that this became his desperate and cowardly attempt to find meaning.

A sea of flowers at a memorial in Birstall for Jo Cox (Peter Byrne/PA)
A sea of flowers at a memorial in Birstall for Jo Cox (Peter Byrne/PA)

"An act driven by hatred which instead has created an outpouring of love.

"An act designed to drive communities apart which has instead pulled them together.

"An act designed to silence a voice which instead has allowed millions of others to hear it.

(Jo Cox Foundation)
(Jo Cox Foundation)

"As a family, we will not respond to hatred with hatred. We will love like Jo did and know that, although she is dead, the ideas and values that she held so dear will live on.

"And know that, although she is not with us, her energy and her love are hard-wired into our children for the rest of their lives.

"Finally, we hope the country will also take something from this - that Jo's death will have meaning.

Candles are lit at a memorial (Yui Mok/PA)
Candles are lit at a memorial (Yui Mok/PA)

"That those in politics, the media and our own communities who seek to divide us will face an unassailable wall of British tolerance and the articulation of Jo's belief that we hold more in common than that which divides us."