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Jo Cox was a regular visitor to the Ancienne Belgique concert hall when she worked in Belgium before being elected to Parliament in 2015.

Jo Cox was a regular visitor to the Ancienne Belgique concert hall when she worked in Belgium before being elected to Parliament in 2015.

Jo Cox was a regular visitor to the Ancienne Belgique concert hall when she worked in Belgium before being elected to Parliament in 2015.

A square in Brussels is to be named in honour of the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox as part of a bid to ‘feminise’ the city’s streets.

The mother of two, 41, was a regular visitor to the Ancienne Belgique concert hall when she worked in Belgium before being elected to Parliament in 2015.

Ms Cox, who was killed just before the EU referendum, had lived in Brussels for about six years, working for the MEP Glenys Kinnock and Oxfam, where she was head of policy. 

Brussels MP Mohamed Ouriaghli‏ said the square which is home to the music venue, would be named after her on September 27.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘On 27.09 at 1pm, Helen Joanne Cox will have her name attributed to the place located at the back of the Ancienne Belgique, a place she frequented during her stay at #BXL.

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‘This event is in her honour and in the wish to feminise the squares and street names of the @VilleBruxelles.’

The announcement was welcomed by Stephen Kinnock, who called it a ‘lovely gesture.’

The Labour MP for Aberavon, whose mother, the former MEP Glenys Kinnock, employed Ms Cox as an assistant in Brussels, added: ‘Jo loved living in Brussels, and back in the day we all loved going to the Ancienne Belgique – a fantastic live music venue.

The square at the back of the concert hall Ancienne Belgique, that will be named after the Labour MP

The square at the back of the concert hall Ancienne Belgique, that will be named after the Labour MP

The square at the back of the concert hall Ancienne Belgique, that will be named after the Labour MP

‘Kudos and ‘un grand merci’ to the City of Brussels, for doing this.’

Ms Cox was included on a list of ‘illustrious women’ who will have squares, streets and buildings named after them as part of the city’s plans for female and male equality. 

The Batley and Spen MP was murdered on 16 June, in Birstall, West Yorkshire, as she arrived to hold a constituency surgery.

Her killer Thomas Mair shouted: ‘This is for Britain’, ‘keep Britain independent’, and ‘Britain first’. 

Labour MP Stephen Kinnock said Ms Cox 'loved going to the Ancienne Belgique' calling it a 'fantastic live music venue'

Labour MP Stephen Kinnock said Ms Cox 'loved going to the Ancienne Belgique' calling it a 'fantastic live music venue'

Labour MP Stephen Kinnock said Ms Cox ‘loved going to the Ancienne Belgique’ calling it a ‘fantastic live music venue’

Mair, who has a history of mental illness but did not want it to form his defence, also stabbed 77-year-old Bernard Kenny in the stomach when the pensioner tried to protect Cox.

In November 2016 Mair was sentenced to life in prison. 

In February her husband Brendan Cox apologised after allegations of sexual assault against him emerged.

He said sorry for the ‘hurt and offence’ he caused to women and was ‘deeply apologetic’ for his behaviour. 

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, he announced his immediate resignation from the Jo Cox Foundation and More In Common – the charities he launched to honour the memory of his wife. 

 

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