The following piece appeared in The Yorkshire Post on Boxing Day.
A WORKING class Yorkshire MP said Cambridge University nearly broke her spirit, but realising ‘where you were born, matters’ has more than prepared her for her new life in Westminster.
Jo Cox, Labour’s MP for Batley and Spen, said she was a happy-go-lucky girl with a ‘lovely family and loads of mates’ until her university days, which ‘shook all her norms’.
The 41-year-old was elected to Parliament in May, having spent the previous decade working in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones as former head of policy and head of humanitarian campaigning for Oxfam.
Since arriving in Parliament she’s wasted no time in making a name for herself as a committed activist on finding a solution to the Syrian conflict and early next year she hopes to host UN envoy to Syria, Staffan di Mistura, at the newly created all-party parliamentary group on Syria, which she co-chairs.
Yet the mother-of-two’s years at university were so destabilising, she said it knocked her confidence for nearly five years.