Leeds & West Yorkshire

Jo Cox MP remembered at birth unit opening in Dewsbury

Gordon Leadbeater (left), Kim Leadbeater (centre) and Jean Leadbeater (right) opening birth unit at Dewsbury hospital
Image caption Jean Leadbeater (right) reminded staff at the hospital both Jo and her sister were born there

The parents and sister of the late MP Jo Cox have opened a new birth centre at a hospital in her constituency.

The Labour MP for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire was killed in Birstall, on 16 June.

Mrs Cox had cut the turf at a ceremony at the start of construction on the £1.38m unit at Dewsbury District Hospital, in December 2015.

Her parents and sister took part in a short ceremony and unveiled a plaque dedicated to her.

Jean Leadbeater, Mrs Cox's mother, said: "Jo was an MP, a humanitarian, a wife, a sister and a daughter but most of all she was a mum and she would have been amazed at the birth unit.

"She knew how important it was to have units like this in our local community."

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Image caption Jo Cox had cut the turf at the start of construction work on the new birth unit in December 2015

She also reminded staff at the hospital that both Mrs Cox and her sister, Kim, had been born there.

"This is my third visit and on the last two occasions we left with two amazing babies," Mrs Leadbeater said.

"Hopefully there won't be a third," she added, to much laughter.

Jules Preston, chairman of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust which runs the hospital, said: "When Jo came and cut the first turf it was always envisaged she would come back and open the place.

"To have that promise delivered through her parents and sister is just so gratifying."

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