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“I’ve been in some horrific situations” – Jo Cox MP

The following piece appeared in The Yorkshire Post on Boxing Day.

Jo Cox at the Batley Train Station. (D532H441)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.

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Hunt is ‘dismantling the NHS’ says Jo Cox

The following article appeared in today’s edition of the The Press newspaper.

Jo Cox BBC Daily Politics October 2015AN MP has accused health secretary Jeremy Hunt of “endorsing” the dismantling of the NHS.

Jo Cox (Lab, Batley and Spen) hit out over proposals revealed this week to close the A&E department at Huddersfield Infirmary.

This would leave the whole of Kirklees without a full A&E, given plans to cut services at Dewsbury District Hospital.

Mrs Cox questioned the impact the Huddersfield scheme will have here and elsewhere.

She said: “There are only so many times you can demand the health secretary stop these sorts of plans and intervene in the interests of public safety.

“So far he hasn’t listened once and instead has endorsed this dismantling of our NHS.

“There are some serious questions to be answered: Where is the NHS in Kirklees heading, who is co-ordinating this constant chipping away at our health service and what is their vision of our NHS in five or 10 or 20 years’ time?

“Dewsbury’s A&E is to be downgraded and now there’s a plan to close Huddersfield’s A&E – where will people go?

“What will be the impact on neighbouring A&E departments?

“And what will be the consequences for those who need to access emergency medical help?

“The view that I, health professionals and many of my constituents have is that no-one can answer these questions.

“There is no long-term plan and we will all end up making do with whatever bones of our NHS remains.”