Sister of murdered politician Jo Cox slams Jo Brand's acid attack comments

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The sister of murdered MP Jo Cox has hit out at Jo Brand for joking about violent attacks on politicians.

The comedian caused a furore this week by suggesting protestors might have chosen battery acid to hurl over Nigel Farage instead of milkshakes.

Police in London have said she will face no action for the quip on Radio 4 show Heresy.

But tragic Jo’s sister Kim Leadbeater, 43, fears no politician is safe in the current toxic climate sweeping Britain.

She said: “Jo Brand’s comments are not helpful for anyone who has been the victim of an acid attack, or has a family member who has been. It’s horrific and I don’t think they’d be finding this amusing at all.”

Today marks three years since Jo, 41, was shot and stabbed to death by far right extremist Thomas Mair in her constituency in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Murdered MP Jo Cox

 

Kim added: “We all have a responsibility to think about what we say. There are so many other things you can make jokes about and politics is a scary place to be – I’ve met MPs who are worried and have had some horrible things said to them.

“I don’t want to be accused of scaremongering but Jo’s dead. That’s the harsh reality we as a family have to face every day, but also as a country we have to be aware of.”

Kim presented a special edition of ITV’s Tonight on Thursday, exploring how Britain seems gripped by hatred since her sister’s death.

The Comedian’s joke has been widely criticised

 

 

She spoke to Jo’s friend and fellow Labour MP Jess Phillips, who discussed the amount of vile rape threats she’s had since being elected in 2015.

She also shared her fears for her six-year-old niece Lejla, who has said she wanted to be “an MP like mummy” in the wake of the tragedy.

She said: “Would I encourage Lejla to be an MP? It would depend where we were as a country but that’s Jo’s legacy and I’d want her to follow her heart.”

Next weekend Jo’s family will lead the Great Get Together, a nationwide effort to combat loneliness in her memory.

The Great Get Together, June 21-23. Go to greatgettogether.org for info.

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