Hundreds line the streets to pay respects ahead of Jo Cox's funeral


Hundreds of people have lined the streets to pay their respects to Labour MP Jo Cox ahead of her private funeral.

Cox's funeral cortege travelled through her Batley and Spen constituency in West Yorkshire, slowing down in the town of Heckmondwike before continuing to Batley.

Members of the public, including schoolchildren, gathered in Heckmondwike to say a final farewell to the MP.

Jo Cox funeral
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Cox's coffin could be seen in the back of the vehicle surrounded by white floral tributes.

Well-wishers applauded as the funeral cars made the journey through the town. Many threw flowers in the path of the cortege as it passed the market place.

Children from Norristhorpe Junior and Infant School were among the first of the mourners to throw white roses in the path of the cars.

Jo Cox funeral
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Shortly after her death, Cox's widower Brendan led tributes to his wife, joining thousands of people across the country and around the world who paused on what would have been her 42nd birthday to reflect on a woman who "just wanted people to be happy".

Before this, then prime minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Birstall market square together to add their tributes to a sea of floral memorials, yards from where the tragedy happened.

Cameron praised the young MP as "a voice of compassion whose irrepressible spirit and boundless energy lit up the lives of all who knew her".

Corbyn said British society had lost "one of our very best".