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27/09/2018 08:06 BST

Brussels Square To Be Named After MP Jo Cox

Cox worked in Belgium before being elected to parliament in 2015.

Reuters
Jo Cox 

A square in the centre of Brussels, Belgium will be named in honour of the late MP Jo Cox.

Cox’s relatives will be joined by Jeremy Corbyn for the official inauguration of Place Jo Cox on Thursday afternoon.

The city of Brussels decided to rename the square, which sits near the town hall, after the Labour MP  as part of a a bid to have more streets and public places named after women.

The 41-year-old is said to have frequented the Ancienne Belgique concert hall which backs onto the square when she worked in Belgium before being elected to Parliament in 2015.

The Mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close, will lead the ceremony alongside Cox’s sister Kim Leadbeater and her parents Gordon and Jean.

Ahead of the ceremony, Leadbeater said: “My parents and I are very pleased to be attending the inauguration of Jo Cox Square and are honoured that the city of Brussels has chosen to remember Jo in this way.

“She had many happy times living there and made some deep and long-lasting friendships.

“We visited her on several occasions and have many heartwarming memories of seeing how much she enjoyed being there.

“To know that she will have a permanent place where she, and the values she stood by, can be remembered is a comfort and an honour and I would like to thank everyone involved.”

Representatives of the Labour Party and the European Parliament are also expected to attend.

Cox was killed by neo-Nazi terrorist Thomas Mair in 2016, and survived by her husband, Brendan, and two young children.

Her family have since launched the Jo Cox Foundation while earlier this year, the Department for International Development (DFID) started a Jo Cox Memorial Grants project, in her memory.