Leeds & West Yorkshire

Jo Cox MP charity single has VAT waived

Jo Cox by her houseboat Image copyright Brendan Cox
Image caption Labour MP Jo Cox died after being attacked in her West Yorkshire constituency

A Christmas single in memory of Jo Cox MP is to have the VAT on sales given to charity, the chancellor has announced.

Music stars and MPs have recorded the tribute to the member for Batley and Spen who was murdered in her constituency.

It is a cover version of the Rolling Stones classic, You Can't Always Get What You Want, to raise money for a charity set up in her name.

The Jo Cox Foundation supports a range of charities championed by the late MP.

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Media captionStars and MPs record a Jo Cox tribute single with a cover of You Can't Always Get What You Want

The recording features musicians including Kaiser Chiefs' frontman Ricky Wilson, Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley, KT Tunstall and David Gray.

The government is to make a charitable donation equivalent to the VAT payable on the sales of the single to the foundation, the treasury has announced.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said: "I am pleased to confirm that every single penny of sales from this single will go towards the good causes the Jo Cox Foundation supports."

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