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Sunday 19 August 2018

Husband of slain MP Jo steps down

Brendan Cox
Brendan Cox

The widower of a slain British politician has stepped down from two charities set up in her memory, after allegations of sexual misconduct.

Brendan Cox said he had acted inappropriately and would leave his positions at the Jo Cox Foundation and the More in Common charity.

Both were started after his wife, Labour MP Jo Cox, was shot and stabbed to death by far-right extremist Thomas Mair, an unemployed gardener, during the Brexit referendum in 2016.

Brendan Cox said he wanted to apologise "deeply and unreservedly" for his past behaviour while working at another charity.

Offence

"I do acknowledge and understand that during my time at Save the Children I made mistakes and behaved in a way that caused some women hurt and offence," he said in the statement.

He promised to hold himself to "much higher standards" in the future.

This came after reports alleging sexual misconduct on his part.

Brendan Cox called the newspaper's allegations a "massive exaggeration".

Yesterday Jo Cox's family offered support for Brendan Cox, praising him for taking responsibility for prior misdeeds.

Her sister, Kim Leadbeater, said Brendan Cox "did the right thing" by admitting inappropriate behaviour.

"As a family we will support Brendan as he endeavours to do the right thing by admitting mistakes he may have made in the past, and we respect him for doing so," she said.

"We all make mistakes. Brendan is a wonderful father and I have no doubt about the happiness he brought Jo."

Brendan has campaigned publicly for his wife's beliefs since her death.

Jo Cox was opposed to Brexit, and was killed by extremist Mair, who is now serving a life sentence for her murder.

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