Leeds & West Yorkshire

MP Jo Cox charity single recorded by music stars and politicians

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Image caption Labour MP Jo Cox died after being attacked in her West Yorkshire constituency of Batley and Spen in June

Music stars and politicians have come together to record a charity single in memory of the late MP Jo Cox.

Mrs Cox, 41, was killed in her West Yorkshire constituency of Batley and Spen on 16 June.

Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley and KT Tunstall are among those who have recorded the track with a group of 20 MPs.

A version of The Rolling Stones' You Can't Always Get What You Want was recorded in Purfleet, Essex, earlier.

It is due to be released next year to mark the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation charity, which will raise funds for causes she had supported.

A man is currently on trial accused of murdering the MP.

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Image caption Kaiser Chiefs Ricky Wilson is among the stars who feature on the track, which was recorded at the Backstage Centre in Purfleet

Pop star David Gray, members of parliamentary rock group MP4 and the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus also feature on the recording.

Tunstall said: "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 the song was "really rocking" and she hoped the record "galvanises people" in a "divided world".

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Image caption Politicians including (middle left) Sue Hayman MP, (middle second left) Barbara Keeley MP, (middle row right) Tracy Brabin MP, (bottom left) Valerie Vaz MP and Marie Rimmer MP (bottom middle) join members of the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus for the recording

Labour MP for Cardiff West Kevin Brennan, a member of MP4 and organiser of the project, said he felt the song reflected the ethos of Mrs Cox.

"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."

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Image caption The Rolling Stones' conductor and music director Suzi Digby led the recording

He said there had been "mass hysteria" when Tunstall met MPs, many posing for selfies with the pop star.

Labour MP Tracy Brabin, who won the by-election in Batley and Spen, said the recording had brought "people together cross-party".

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