MP Kim Leadbeater represents the same West Yorks seat of Batley and Spen her sister Jo Cox held until she was murdered in 2016 – she says ‘so many MPs today will be scared’ by the death of Sir David Amess
The MP whose sister Jo Cox was murdered said her partner has asked her to step down after Sir David Amess was killed.
Kim Leadbeater, who represents the same West Yorks seat of Batley and Spen her sister held until her death in 2016, admitted she felt “frightened” following the attack on the Tory MP.
Ms Leadbeater, who was visiting a school when she learned of Sir David’s death, said she was “totally shocked by what has happened, to think that something so horrific could happen again to another MP, to another family – and scared and frightened, a real rollercoaster of emotions”.
The 45-year-old added: “The shock and the feelings for us as a family – obviously what we went through and another family are going through that again – it’s horrific.
“It’s hard to put into words how that feels for me.
“The main people I am thinking about are David’s family, his friends and the community he represents and has represented for such a long time.
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“I think that’s the thing that people need to understand – it’s about a lot of people whose lives have been changed forever today.”
She said the role of an MP held risks and “it’s so hard because we have a job to do”.
Ms Leadbeater went on: “I find myself now working as a politician and trying to help people and do good things for people, and it’s really important you get good people in public life.
“But this is the risk we are all taking and so many MPs today will be scared by this.
“My partner came home and said, ‘I don’t want you to do it any more because the next time that phone goes, it could be a different conversation’.”
She said Sir David’s family and friends’ “lives will never be the same again, they will think about this every single day for the rest of their lives”.
She added: “I still can’t believe that this has happened, it feels very raw for me.”