CANDIDATES IN JO COX\'S FORMER SEAT SIGN PLEDGE OPPOSING ABUSE AND INTIMIDATION

CANDIDATES IN JO COX'S FORMER SEAT SIGN PLEDGE OPPOSING ABUSE AND INTIMIDATION

They have spoken out in the Batley and Spen constituency

Candidates for the seat once held by murdered MP Jo Cox have signed a cross-party pledge for an election campaign free of abuse and intimidation.

The 41-year-old Labour politician died after being shot and stabbed in her Batley and Spen constituency by a right-wing extremist in the lead up to the 2016 EU referendum.

On Monday, candidates running for the seat met outside Jo Cox House, a short distance from where the attack happened, to sign an agreement to set the appropriate tone when campaigning ahead of the December 12 election.

The pledge also commits the candidates to foster "constructive democratic debate" and to treat others, including opponents, with dignity and respect.

Mrs Cox's sister, Kim Leadbeater, said she hoped that the agreement would "send a clear message to the country about the kind of democracy we all want" and that politicians should use facts instead of "rhetoric and violent language".

She added that she is hoping that political parties at a national level will sign up to similar pledges.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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