Helen Joanne "Jo" Cox (née Leadbeater; 22 June 1974 – 16 June 2016) was a British Labour Party politician. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Batley and Spen constituency from her election in May 2015 until her death 13 months later in June 2016, having won the seat with an increased majority for Labour in the 2015 general election. Cox was born in Batley, West Yorkshire and studied Social and Political Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Working first as a political assistant, she then joined the international humanitarian charity Oxfam, where she rose to become head of policy and advocacy at Oxfam GB. She was selected to contest the Batley and Spen parliamentary seat after the previous incumbent decided not to stand in 2015. Having held the seat for Labour, she became a campaigner on issues relating to the Syrian Civil War, and founded and chaired the all-party parliamentary group Friends of Syria; an obituary appearing in The Independent on the day of her death described her as having "campaigned tirelessly for refugees". On 16 June 2016, Cox died shortly after being shot and stabbed multiple times in Birstall, where she had been due to hold a constituency surgery. A 52-year-old man was charged with her murder and will stand trial under the Terrorism Acts.