Mary Creagh MP

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The country has decided to leave the European Union.

As you will know, I campaigned tirelessly for Britain to remain in Europe. But I accept that the majority of people in the country chose another path.

As you will know, I campaigned tirelessly for Britain to remain in Europe. But I accept that the majority of people in the country chose another path.

My priority now is to mitigate the negative consequences for people in Wakefield. We have already seen worrying movement on the stock market and economic turbulence.

I will be challenging the Government to take swift decisions to restore economic stability. We need to provide businesses with the certainty that they need to invest and keep and create jobs in Yorkshire and around the UK.

I also want to reassure you that I will continue to work for everyone in Wakefield – however you voted in the referendum, whichever party you support.

As I said during the campaign, the global challenges we face today, like climate change, the refugee crisis and cross-border terrorism, are ones that we will tackle together or not at all. I am unwavering in that view. It is vital we do not let division take hold.

As it says on the back of our Labour Party membership cards, by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we do alone.

I will continue to fight every day for a tolerant, open, outward-looking United Kingdom. A country that works with its neighbours and allies as we strive for peace, tolerance and equality across the globe. A country in which children born in Wakefield today have a chance to thrive and do better than the previous generation.

EU referendum result

The country has decided to leave the European Union. As you will know, I campaigned tirelessly for Britain to remain in Europe. But I accept that the majority of people...

Yesterday in Parliament, Mary joined MPs from all parties in paying tribute Jo Cox.

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Watch or read Mary's speech below.

We are here today to remember our beloved Jo Cox—a woman who loved and was loved; a woman who fizzed with life, compassion and commitment to social justice; a woman who cherished her family, who served her community and whose sole aim was to leave the world a better place than she found it.

She did, didn’t she? The cross-party group on Syria, and the Government agreeing to take 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian child refugees. In 13 short months, Jo achieved more than some MPs achieve in 13 years.

Jo had an open mind and an open heart, and the world really needed somebody like Jo. Somebody who never gave up; somebody who knew that, by the strength of our common endeavour, we achieve more than we can alone.

We send our deepest condolences to her dear family, and thank them for sharing her with us. It was a blessing to have known Jo. Rest in peace, sweet friend.

Tribute in Parliament to Jo Cox

Yesterday in Parliament, Mary joined MPs from all parties in paying tribute Jo Cox.

Jo Cox, who has been taken from us so cruelly, was a brilliant politician, tireless campaigner for social justice and friend to all who knew her. Jo lit up any room she walked into, with her warmth, wit and wisdom. The Labour Party has lost one of our brightest and one of our best.

Jo was brave and tough. We spent a lot of time together discussing the horrors of the Syrian refugee crisis and I was thrilled when she was one of the first people to back me in last year's Labour leadership campaign. Jo was unflagging in pursuing urgent questions in Parliament on the refugee crisis and launched a cross party group to achieve the changes she wanted to see. She was dogged in her pursuit of humanitarian relief for rebel-held areas in Syria, and was the first MP to call for air drops to stricken communities. Colleagues across Parliament will be aghast at her cruel and senseless murder.

Jo's office, which she shared with Stephen Kinnock, was on the same floor as mine. The two of them were crammed into two small rooms with their staff and whenever I stopped by, I teased them that it felt like a California tech start up, two small rooms where bright young things were cooking up new ideas for the future of our country.

Jo's Labour family is shocked to the core that such a vibrant, dedicated, warm and exuberant woman can be snatched from us in an instant. Jo fizzed with life, energy, and compassion.

Jo's husband Brendan has urged us all to fight against the hatred that killed her. I know that he and their children will have all the love and support that our party, and our country, can give as they face a future without the wife and mother they loved.

One night cycling home from Westminster, I decided to try and keep up with a younger, fitter women who was cycling down the Embankment. I drew level with her at the first set of lights and we both burst out laughing when we recognised each other. I told her I couldn't keep up with her and she should get going back to the boat, to Brendan and their children.

Ride on, Jo. Ride on, sweet sister.

Watch Mary pay tribute to Jo on the BBC's Daily Politics programme:

Tribute to Jo Cox

Jo Cox, who has been taken from us so cruelly, was a brilliant politician, tireless campaigner for social justice and friend to all who knew her. Jo lit up any...


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