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Jo Cox: Death of an MP

  • 2017
  • Documentary and factual
  • Lifestyle

Summary

On June 16, 2016, Labour MP for Batley and Spen Jo Cox was assaulted and gunned down following a constituency surgery in Batley, West Yorkshire. Her attacker was Thomas Mair, a local man whose personal political views are said to have been antithetical to Cox's, and were thought to have driven him to murder. This documentary makes use of eye-witness testimonies to tell the story of the brutal attack that brought an end to the life of a passionate and ambitious parliamentarian. The film profiles her killer, presenting a portrait of a conflicted, contradictory man who volunteered to help people of all races, but harboured a secret obsession with Nazism and the extreme right-wing.

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Review

On 16 June last year the ebullient Labour MP for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, jumped out of a car to make her way to a constituency surgery at a local library. A member of her staff, Sandra Major, watched as a man approached: “He just shot Jo in the head. Just like that.”

This harrowing, poignant documentary makes clear the shocking level of violence used against Cox by her murderer, Nazi-obsessed loner Thomas Mair, who shot her twice more and stabbed her 13 times as she lay stricken on the ground. It’s still not known how he got the gun.

There are contributions from the police involved in the capture of Mair, whose movements were tracked on multiple CCTV cameras before and after the killing.

But it’s also a warm and generous tribute to a much-loved woman, from her family and her friends.

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DirectorToby Paton
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