Hunstanton town council urged to do more for refugees to honour murdered MP

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Community leaders in a West Norfolk town have been urged to invoke the spirit of murdered MP Jo Cox and do more to welcome refugees into the area.

Mrs Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire, was killed in her constituency on Thursday afternoon.

A 52-year-old man, Thomas Mair, was remanded in custody when he appeared before Westminster magistrates on Saturday charged with her murder.

Ahead of his court appearance, during Friday’s Hunstanton town council meeting, resident Yvonne Bridger called for members to honour her memory by doing more to help people fleeing dangers elsewhere.

She said: “The events of the last 24 hours have shocked us all.

“Would the town council give consideration to doing something to show Jo’s life was not in vain?”

Members said they would discuss the issue at a future meeting.

Meanwhile, politicians on all sides in this area have expressed their horror at Mrs Cox’s death.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss described the news of her death as “absolutely terrible”, while North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb described it as a “tragic loss.”

And Labour’s Jo Rust called for both society and government to seek “a better way” as a legacy of Mrs Cox’s life.