MPs and high-profile musicians unite for Jo Cox charity single

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Jo Cox may have been taken from us too soon, but her incredible legacy lives on in the Jo Cox Foundation.

And now MPs and musicians are uniting to release a very special single in a bid to raise money, and awareness, for the charity.

The late MP’s former colleagues Kevin Brennan, Sir Greg Knight, Pete Wishart and Ian Cawsey – already members of the “world’s first parliamentary rock group”, MP4 – will be joined in the studio by KT Tunstall, Suzi Quatro, David Gray, the Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson, and Cockney Rebel’s frontman Steve Harley.

Together, they will sing a cover of the Rolling Stones’ You Can’t Always Get What You Want alongside the Parliament Choir and the Royal Opera House with the Thurrock Community Choir.

"Twenty-five MPs from across the political spectrum will also attend and join in the choir to reflect Jo Cox’s campaigning for Better Together, which asserts that more unites genuine politicians than divides them," MP4's spokesperson Robin Millar told The Guardian .

Jo Cox was murdered in West Yorkshire in June this year. The 41-year-old was outside Birstall Library, making her way to the MP’s constituency surgery, when she was attacked with a knife and shot three times by 52-year-old Thomas Mair.

He has since been charged with her murder and his trial is due to begin at the Old Bailey in London later today.

The single will be recorded in Thurrock, Essex, later this week for a release in the New Year.

However, in an unfortunate twist, the classic Rolling Stones song has since been given a new meaning by Donald Trump. The new president-elect played the song throughout his controversial election campaign, despite repeated protests from the band, who said they had not granted permission. 

Addressing this issue, Millar said: “We are aware that the court case to prosecute the person accused of Mrs Cox’s murder begins on 14 November and that the song in question was hijacked by Donald Trump but this only increases their determination to reclaim the song and the high ground for positive outcomes.”

The recording will be released in 2017.

Earlier this year, Brendan Cox urged people to “fight against the hatred that killed” his wife.

“Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people,” he said powerfully.

“She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn't have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.”

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