Adenike Lucas, reporting Live from Liverpool.
The murdered British MP Jo Cox is to be honoured at the Labour party conference today, Sunday 25 September.
Rachel Reeves MP is expected to introduce a film which pays tribute to the 41-year-old former Batley and Spen MP who once did work experience with her.
National Executive Committee members Diana Holland and Jim Kennedy, Shadow Housing Minister Teresa Pearce MP, Leader of the Labour Group, Local Government Association Nick Forbes have all spoken at a debate currently taking place at the Pullman centre in Liverpool.
The film will be shown to party members after today’s debate session. Some of the debate heard include that on Transport which was closed by Andy McDonald, the Shadow Minister for Transport.
With this year’s Labour conference theme titled: “Working Together for Real Change,” key figures within the party have called on dissenting MPs to unite.
Jeremy Corbyn who won a resounding 61.8 per cent of the vote share has also paid tribute to Jo who was shot and stabbed to death outside Birstall public library in West Yorkshire on 16 June.
He said: “There’s one person who isn’t here today. She would be if it weren’t for an act of hatred and violence that robbed two children of their mother and the Labour party of a valued and cherished friend
“She was murdered as an act of murder on democracy. Remember Jo as a brave woman who stood up for everybody within our society.”
Though the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and UKIP have all said they will not field a candidate in the by-election as a mark of respect to Jo, a by-election will take place on October 7th with the deputy chairman of the English Democrats standing against Jack Buckby of Liberty GB and the Labour candidate Tracy Brabin.
Brabin, a former EastEnders and Emmerdale star is expected to leverage on the 6,057 majority shored up by Jo to win the seat.
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