Single white rose to be laid on Jo Cox's empty House of Commons seat as MPs pay tribute
A single white rose will be laid on Jo Cox's empty seat in the House of Commons when MPs gather to pay tribute to her.
MPs are on their way to Westminster to remember the Labour MP, who was killed on Thursday as she prepared to hold a constituency surgery.
Commons Speaker John Bercow agreed to the recall of the House to allow members to commemorate a colleague described as “perfect” by her family. The Lords are also returning.
MPs will be allowed to break with tradition to sit together, rather than dividing along party lines, in a gesture of solidarity proposed by Tory MP Jason McCartney.
However, Labour MPs are expected to sit together to comfort each other.
Following the emotional tributes, Labour and Conservative MPs will walk together in pairs to St Margaret’s Church - often referred to as the “parish church of the Commons” - for a service of prayer and remembrance.