As a mark of respect for the murdered Labour MP, Jo Cox, the Conservative party have promised not to contest the triggered Batley and Spen by-election.
A Conservative party spokesperson has said that “following the tragic killing of Labour MP Jo Cox, the party has decided not to contest the forthcoming by-election as a mark of respect to a much-loved and respected politician.”
The decision comes after a tweet from party chairman, Grant Shapps, imploring the party not to field a candidate in the constituency “as a tribute to Jo’s extraordinary public service.”
Today, Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Opposition Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, led a joint tribute to the MP, with the PM urging the the British public to “treasure and value our democracy.”
He added, “we should value and see as precious the democracy that we have on these islands, where 65 million of us live together and work together and get on together.”
The Prime Minister finally commented: “where we see hatred, where we find division, where we see intolerance, we must drive it out of our politics and out of our public life and out of our communities.”
Despite claims by both sides of the houses of parliament, the decision has been seen by many as a real gesture of
Jo Cox, 41, leaves behind a husband and two daughters after she was shot and stabbed to death. Thomas Mair, has been arrested in connection with the murder.
No British MP has been killed since Ian Gow, MP for Eastbourne, was assassinated by the Provisional IRA in 1990. After a car bomb left under his car outside of his East Sussex home exploded and killed him, however, the resulting by-election was contested as normal by the parties.
As soon as Labour moves the writ into the schedule in the House of Commons the date for the by-election for Batley and Spen, West Yorkshire, will be set.