Husband of murdered MP Jo Cox to remarry domestic violence campaigner

21 June 2023, 08:05 | Updated: 21 June 2023, 09:56

Brendan Cox (l) is set to marry Anna Ryder (r) seven years after his first wife Jo cox (inset) was murdered
Brendan Cox (l) is set to marry Anna Ryder (r) seven years after his first wife Jo cox (inset) was murdered. Picture: Alamy/social media

By Kit Heren

The husband of Jo Cox, an MP who was murdered seven years ago, is set to get married again to a domestic violence campaigner.

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Brendan Cox, 44, is going to tie the knot with Anna Ryder, after mutual friends introduced them two years ago.

Ms Ryder, 37, is director of Killed Women, a group that supports families of victims of domestic violence.

Mr Cox, who works with campaign group Survivors Against Terror, said: "We are both very much looking forward to celebrating with our families."

Jo Cox was murdered in 2016
Jo Cox was murdered in 2016. Picture: Alamy

A source told The Sun: 'They are very happy together. It's lovely news for the family. 

"Brendan's a fantastic dad and his focus has been very much on the children.

"It was with their en­couragement that Brendan and Anna wanted to take this step. They are very excited for the wedding."

The couple are planning to marry in a woodland ceremony in Herefordshire.

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Jo Cox's death sparked an outpouring of grief
Jo Cox's death sparked an outpouring of grief. Picture: Alamy

Labour MP Ms Cox was killed in her constituency of Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire in 2016, a few days before the Brexit referendum, by far-right extremist Thomas Mair.

Mair stabbed and shot Ms Cox on the street, and she died soon after in hospital.

Mair was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to life in prison, on a whole-life order.

The Jo Cox Foundation was set up after the MP's death and campaigns under the banner "More in Common" in an attempt to bring people together.

Her sister, Kim Leadbeater, followed in her footsteps by becoming the Labour MP for Batley and Spen in 2021.

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