Statement on behalf of:
Calderdale Interfaith Council
Calderdale Council of Mosques
Cllr Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council
Cllr Scott Benton, Leader of the Conservative Group, Calderdale Council
Cllr James Baker, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Calderdale Council
Calderdale Council, Calderdale Interfaith Council and Calderdale Council of Mosques are deeply saddened by the loss of Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen.
Hilary Barber, Vicar of Halifax Minster and Vice Chair of Calderdale Interfaith Council said:
“We are shocked and appalled by the brutal, inhumane and savage attack on Jo Cox that resulted in the loss of her life.
“We extend our prayers to her husband, two children, family, friends, her staff and colleagues during this difficult time.
“As faith representatives we are committed to upholding democracy and freedom of speech and condemn any form of extremism or violence. We work together to make sure that our communities can live together peacefully, with a shared respect and tolerance of each other and we are united in our abhorrence of this act.”
Cllr Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council said:
“We echo Hilary’s comments on behalf of the Calderdale Interfaith Council and join him in condemning all forms of extremism. We fully support the Interfaith Council’s commitment to working together with faith communities to promote respect, tolerance and unity.”