Husband of murdered MP Jo Cox to marry domestic violence campaigner – seven years after the death of his beloved first wife
- Brendan Cox, 44, met domestic abuse campaigner Anna Ryder two years ago
The widower of MP Jo Cox is set to marry a domestic abuse campaigner seven years after the murder of his beloved first wife.
Brendan Cox, who campaigns on behalf of victims’ families, was introduced to Anna Ryder through a mutual friend two years ago.
The 44-year-old father said: ‘We are both very much looking forward to celebrating with our families.’
Anna, 37, is director of Killed Women, a network which works to support the bereaved families of victims of domestic violence.
Labour MP Jo was fatally shot and stabbed by a far right extremist as she attended her Batley and Spen constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, in June 2016.
Brendan Cox, 44, was introduced to Anna Ryder, 37, through a mutual friend two years ago
Labour MP Jo was fatally shot and stabbed by a far right extremist as she attended her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, in June 2016
White supremacist Thomas Mair was jailed for life for her murder later that year.
Since her tragic death, Brendan has focused on raising the couple’s children, Cuillin, 12, and Lejla, ten, alongside his campaigning.
He has relentlessly worked to support survivors of terror attacks and co-founded the Together Coalition, which aims to ‘build kinder, closer and more connected communities’.
The Jo Cox Foundation was also set up in his wife’s memory, and works to spread the dedicated MP’s message of unity from her maiden speech in Parliament, where she said: ‘we have more in common than that which divides us’.
Jo and Brendan married in 2009 and their children were aged just five and three at the time of her death.
Brendan and Anna’s families are said to be supportive of their marriage and the couple are reportedly planning a woodland ceremony in Herefordshire.
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.’
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