Death of MP brings back painful memories for town – says Eastbourne MP

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Last week’s atrocity in Yorkshire where MP Jo Cox was brutally killed will bring back painful memories for Eastbourne residents of the death of Ian Gow more than 25 years ago, says MP Caroline Ansell.

Mrs Cox, a mother of two, had just left a constituency meeting when she was shot and stabbed.

The popular 41-year-old was the first sitting MP to be killed since 1990 when Eastbourne’s Ian Gow was killed in a bomb blast set by Northern Ireland terrorists as he was leaving his Hankham home.

Mrs Ansell said, “I remain stunned by the news from Batley & Spen where its Member of Parliament, Jo Cox, lost her life in the most violent way.

“Even to this day people in Eastbourne still remember where they were when they heard about Ian Gow’s death in 1990.

“I was at home and remember watching the shocking television coverage. I had met him just a couple of weeks before when he presented a prize at school.

“People here will know the shock and sadness felt by those in Yorkshire.”

Mrs Ansell added she had only days before been supporting Mrs Cox in a charity tug of war.

She said, “She was so full of life. Like me, she was a new MP in 2015.

“This last year I have heard her speak many times. I admired her conviction and her strength of purpose. She was a powerful advocate for those caught up in the refugee crisis.

“As a mum myself, it is devastating to think of her children. Her husband said she fought everyday for a better world and would want us all to unite to defeat the hatred which killed her.

“So with thoughts and prayers for all those she loved, dear Jo, rest in peace.”

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