Kaiser Chiefs front man and politicians raise funds for murdered Yorkshire MP's foundation

Supporters of the Jo Cox Foundation are appealing to the public to make a charity song recorded in her name this year's Christmas Number One.

Wednesday, 7th December 2016, 10:59 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:33 pm

The song, a collaboration of politicians - including former Isle MP Ian Cawsey, music stars and volunteers, is a cover of the Rolling Stones classic, You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

All funds raised from the single which is being released by Chrysalis Records tomorrow, December 16, will go to causes which the murdered MP supported.

Mr Cawsey, who performs on the track with his band MP4, said others involved were The Parliamentary Choir and the Royal Opera House Community Choir, along with Steve Harley (best known for being the singer of Cockney Rebel), Ricky Wilson (singer in the Kaiser Chiefs), David Gray and KT Tunstall.

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The record is produced by Robin Millar, the man behind Sade, the Fine Young Cannibals and many others.

Mr Cawsey added: “There has been a fantastic reaction this project, people really feel moved to do something to commemorate the life of Jo Cox and the compassion she represented and encouraged.

“The response by artistes and people in the music industry has been wonderful with everyone giving their services for free and without hesitation.

“It’s also a great version of a great song with a brilliant video of all the guest performers. So I hope that from December 16 people will buy the single.

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“It will be a simple download so will take just a few seconds and all the money will go to the Jo Cox Foundation.

“On behalf of MP4 we want to thank everyone who have helped get the project to this point and also to thank the support we have had across the political divide, I shall long remember watching Conservative, Labour and SNP MPs standing shoulder to shoulder and singing their hearts out in the chorus.

“There was something reassuring and heartening about that and maybe this can be an uplifting way of ending what has been a challenging year.”

Producer Robin Millar said organisers wanted to create something to show that Mrs Cox’s “hugely selfless and energetic campaigning must live on through greater unity”.

Steve Harley added: “I am not really a political animal. But Jo Cox was a cut above and her legacy should be celebrated.

“Mrs Cox was a truly special person, and the more I learn about her life and work, the more deeply I admire her.”

Helen Joanne ‘Jo’ Cox was the MP for the Batley and Spen constituency from her election in May 2015 until her murder 13 months later, having won the seat with an increased majority for Labour in the 2015 general election.

Jo died shortly after being shot and stabbed multiple times in Birstall in June this year, where she had been due to hold a constituency surgery.

Thomas Mair, was found guilty of her murder five months later and sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime which the trial judge described as an “act of terror”. It was revealed at Mair’s trial that he was associated with far-right organisations.

Prime Minister Theresa May last week praised the dignity shown by the family of Mrs Cox during the trial of the man convicted of killing her. Mrs May was speaking in the House of Commons at Prime Minister’s Questions in response to a question about Mrs Cox’s work on the issue of loneliness.