The Labour MP Jo Cox, who has died aged 41 after being shot and stabbed in her constituency of Batley and Spen, in West Yorkshire, was a woman who in many ways represented the character and style of the modern Labour party. She was widely viewed as someone who could have been a serious player in the party in the years to come.
Cox combined academic achievement with political experience, but she threw into the mix an understanding of the Labour movement, a profound concern for the issues that affected the country and a personal heritage that qualified her for a career on the frontbench.
Elected to the House of Commons last year, she was inordinately proud of winning in her birthplace. She was born Jo Leadbeater in Batley, one of two daughters of Gordon, a cosmetics factory worker, and his wife, Jean, who was a school secretary. Jo herself worked in the same factory as her father, packaging toothpaste during the holidays, having gained a place at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where she took a degree in social and political studies.
In an interview she suggested that her experience at Heckmondwike grammar school had not prepared her for life as an undergraduate at Cambridge. She readily acknowledged that she had not grown up in a political tradition and she had no understanding of how her birthplace and background would be viewed. “I didn’t really speak right or know the right people,” she said. The experience was quite startling for her, but it equipped her for her future: she would say later that joining the Commons was like “a walk in the park” in comparison.
MP Jo Cox has been described as a "21st Century Good Samaritan" in a church service held to remember her life.
At St Peter's Church, Birstall - in Mrs Cox's constituency - the Rev Paul Knight called her a "fervent advocate for the poor and the oppressed".
The mother of two was killed in the town on Thursday, and a fund set up in her name has exceeded £700,000.
Her husband, Brendan, posted on Twitter to say he had taken their children camping in their mother's memory.
"Jo loved camping. Last night the kids & I camped in her memory & remembered the last time we were all woken by the dawn chorus," he wrote.
Politicians will return to Westminster later to pay tribute to Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in her constituency in West Yorkshire on Thursday.
MPs, who had been in recess for the EU referendum, have been recalled to the Commons to remember Mrs Cox, 41, who was described as "perfect" by her family. The Lords are also returning.
They will then process to St Margaret's Church for a short memorial service.
It had been suggested that MPs from different parties might sit together when they appear in the Commons later as a sign of unity.
On Sunday, the leader of the Commons, Chris Grayling, said "conventional party politics should be a million miles away", while Mr Corbyn told the BBC he was considering allowing Labour MPs to sit with colleagues from rival parties.
Jo Cox was killed because of her strong political views, her widower Brendan has told the BBC.
The late Labour MP would want people to stand up for her beliefs "in death as much as she did in life", he told political editor Laura Kuenssberg.
He said his late wife, who would have been 42 tomorrow, was concerned about "coarsening" of the referendum debate.
He also spoke about the need to support their children to "make sure something good comes out of this".
A fund set up in her memory has raised £1m in donations while a series of events will be held around the country on Wednesday to mark what would have been her 42nd birthday.
Mr Cox said that his late wife - who was a passionate campaigner for human rights, international development and the plight of refugees during her parliamentary career and in her previous role working for Oxfam - "died for her views".
"She was a politician and she had very strong political views and I believe was she killed because of those views," he said. "I think she died because of them and she would want to stand up for those in death as much as she did in life.
"I don't want people ascribing views to her that she didn't have but I certainly want to continue to fight for the legacy and for the politics and the views she espoused.
Events are taking place around the world to mark the birthday of killed MP Jo Cox.
The Labour MP and mother of two was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday.
Organisers said the events, on what would have been her 42nd birthday, would "show the world we have more in common than that which divides us".
Tributes are planned in New York, Paris, London and in Mrs Cox's Batley and Spen constituency.