Welsh MP leads call for Jo Cox charity single

18 November 2016, 07:20


A Welsh politician has become the driving force behind a charity single in memory of the murdered MP Jo Cox.

Kevin Brennan Labour MP for Cardiff West has organised the project in the hope the song would show "there's more that unites than divides us''.

The single, which will be released next year, will mark the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation - a charity raising funds for causes close to the late MP.

Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley and pop star David Gray are among those taking part in the special recording of The Rolling Stones' You Can't Always Get What You Want.

A cross party group of 20 MPs, members of parliamentary rock group MP4 and the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus will also feature on the track

Mr Brennan said there had been ``mass hysteria'' when Tunstall met MPs, with many posing for selfies with the pop star.

The singer said her decision to take part in the project in memory of Mrs Cox was a ``complete no-brainer''. ``There's too few of her in the world so it's just incredibly sad that she has gone”

"At the same time I think she'd be really happy that we are doing something so joyful and so celebratory and fun in her honour - and to help raise money and awareness for her causes” Tunstall said.

Mr Brennan said he felt the song, first released in 1969, reflected the ethos of Mrs Cox, who was Labour MP for Batley and Spen at the time of her death.

He said: "Jo Cox was someone who really tried very hard until she got what was needed and that's a message within the song.

"She also said that people should work together - that we are stronger together, there's more that unites than divides us.

"So we wanted to do something that reflected that and would help raise awareness of the foundation.''

Labour MP Tracy Brabin, who won the by-election in Batley and Spen following the death of Mrs Cox, said: "I think it's an amazing event because it's bringing people together cross-party.

"There's Conservatives, there's Labour and I think that's what Jo always loved, to be able to work - when the idea was big and important - across parties.''

The former Coronation Street star said it was happening in "desperately sad circumstances'' but Mrs Cox would have wanted to "bring people together in a joyous scenario where we can do something positive''.

Describing her hopes for the single, she said: "I'm hoping it will be uplifting and remind people of her values, about social cohesion and about working as a community.''