WaterAid staff pay tribute to MP Jo Cox

Following news of the tragic death of the MP Jo Cox, WaterAid staff have been paying tribute to a remarkable woman and a passionate campaigner, who many of us were privileged to know and work with.

17 Jun 2016

Staff across WaterAid have been paying tribute to Jo Cox MP, who was tragically killed in her West Yorkshire constituency yesterday, 16 June.

“We all share the deep sadness and grief for a life lost and for someone who lived her life believing in and working for a better world for all of us,” said Barbara Frost, WaterAid's Chief Executive.

WaterAid’s Director of Global Policy and Campaigns, Margaret Batty, added:

“Jo was a remarkable young woman who had accomplished so much. The tributes are heart rending. A passionate campaigner, an MP, a mother, wife and friend, with so much more to give. She was a cherished part of the international NGO community.”

“Everyone has woken up today with a heavy sadness in our hearts.”

MP Jo Cox visits our Victorian Street as part of the Big History Project.
Jo Cox MP, centre, poses on our Victorian Street in 2015, as part of our Big History Project.

Many WaterAid staff knew Jo personally, having worked with her during her time at Oxfam – where she became Head of Policy – and through her role as MP for Batley and Spen.

In 2015 Jo also attended the hand-in of our petition to reach everyone everywhere with taps and toilets, posing on a Victorian street outside the Houses of Parliament to highlight the lessons we can learn from the UK’s history of delivering universal access to water and sanitation.

Her support reflected her own campaigning work and her ongoing commitment to creating a fairer, more tolerant and just world.

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences are with Jo’s family at this time.