Pembroke ‘deeply shocked’ at death of alumnus Jo Cox

The Pembroke alumna and Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered yesterday.

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Pembroke College have issued a statement about the death of alumna and Labour MP for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, saying they are ‘deeply shocked and saddened’ by her death. 

Jo Cox is the first MP to be killed since 1990. The statement from Pembroke referred to how, as an undergraduate, Cox ‘thoroughly embraced College life and was an energetic and respected member of the Junior Parlour (JCR).’

Jo Cox in 2015

Cox studied Archeology and Anthropology, and later Social and Political Sciences at Pembroke, before graduating and becoming advisor to Sarah Brown, Baroness Kinnock, and Head of Policy of Oxfam before embarking upon her career in politics.

The college twitter account expressed their condolences

The Master of Pembroke, Lord Smith of Finsbury, expressed his sadness at the tragedy: ‘Our hearts go out to her family, her friends and colleagues, and we grieve for someone with so much promise who has been cruelly taken from us all.’

In her memory, Pembroke College is flying their flag at half mast, and a book of condolences has been placed in their chapel.