Thousands have paid their last respects to an MP who meant so much to them.

Mourners gathered in the streets of both Heckmondwike and Batley today to pay their respects to Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox as her funeral cortege passed.

Mrs Cox, a 41-year-old mum of two, was brutally killed outside Birstall Library almost a month ago on her way to hosting a constituency surgery.

She had been an MP for just 11 months and has been laid to rest at a strictly family-only service.

Her funeral came just hours after a terrorist attack in Nice, prompting her husband Brendan Cox to take to social media platform Twitter to express what he thought would have been her reaction.

Mrs Cox campaigned hard for tolerance and unity.

Mr Cox said: “Jo would ask us not to fight hate with hate but draw together to drain the swamp that extremism breeds in.

“Thinking of all victims of hatred today.”

The cortege began at 10.30am along the A638 in Heckmondwike and first slowed at Westgate/Market Street for the crowds and the media.

It then followed a route to Batley where it slowed on Market Place/ Cambridge Street, outside the town hall before continuing on to the funeral.

Political leaders renewed their condolences, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Huddersfield’s MP Barry Sheerman.

Dozens of Kirklees councillors were among those to witness the cortege, including council leader David Sheard and Mayor of Kirklees, Jim Dodds.

He said: “It’s been a really sad few weeks across the world and with the tragedy in Nice it’s fitting that we come to give our respects to a lovely lady.

“I’m sure she’ll be remembered for all the good work that she’s done."

VIDEO: Bilal Khan, 12, pays tribute to Jo Cox

Video thumbnail, Bilal Khan, 12, of Upper Batley High, pays tribute to Jo Cox
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An inquest in Mrs Cox’s death was opened and adjourned last month after hearing she died from multiple stab and gunshot wounds.

Thomas Mair, 52, has appeared at the Old Bailey in London charged with murdering Mrs Cox. He is also charged with grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was remanded in custody and is due to go on trial in November.

A fund set up in Mrs Cox’s memory has raised £1.5m. It will be shared between the White Helmets which helps victims in Syria, the Royal Voluntary Service and Hope Not Hate which is committed to defeating hate and extremism.