Single white rose to be laid on Jo Cox's empty House of Commons seat as MPs pay tribute

A single white rose will be laid on Jo Cox's empty seat in the House of Commons when MPs gather to pay tribute to her.

Monday, 20th June 2016, 2:16 pm
Updated Monday, 20th June 2016, 3:18 pm

MPs are on their way to Westminster to remember the Labour MP, who was killed on Thursday as she prepared to hold a constituency surgery.

Commons Speaker John Bercow agreed to the recall of the House to allow members to commemorate a colleague described as “perfect” by her family. The Lords are also returning.

MPs will be allowed to break with tradition to sit together, rather than dividing along party lines, in a gesture of solidarity proposed by Tory MP Jason McCartney.

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However, Labour MPs are expected to sit together to comfort each other.

Following the emotional tributes, Labour and Conservative MPs will walk together in pairs to St Margaret’s Church - often referred to as the “parish church of the Commons” - for a service of prayer and remembrance.