Vicar urges 'pledge for better world' as Birstall marks week since Jo Cox murder

A vicar urged everyone remembering Jo Cox to "pledge ourselves to a better world" as he led a memorial ceremony just a few yards away from where she was killed.

People gathered in the market square in Birstall, West Yorkshire, to mark the exact time a week ago that the Batley and Spen MP was attacked.

Members of the public pay tribute to Labour MP Jo Cox
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Cox was fatally injured outside the village library and tributes to her placed around a nearby statue have grown over the last seven days to form a carpet of thousands of flowers, messages and balloons.

More than 100 people ringed the makeshift memorial for moments of silence, hymns and eulogies led by the vicar of St Peter's Church, the Reverend Paul Knight.

Rev Knight told the crowd, who held hands around the memorial: "We're meeting seven days on from the tragedy that hit our community when our MP, Jo Cox, was brutally killed.

Labour MP Jo Cox
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"We're meeting today to remember her, to pray for her family and to pledge ourselves to a better world.

"To pledge ourselves to unity, because that was certainly one of Jo's passions."

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