Election campaigning to briefly pause in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox | Politics

Politicians will take a one-hour break from election campaigning to remember Jo Cox, the Labour MP who was murdered by a far-right extremist during the EU referendum campaign last year.

Candidates from all parties have been asked to choose an hour on Sunday in which to honour Cox and recognise that people have more in common than they have have differences, a message from her maiden speech to the House of Commons.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will participate in the pause, which was described as a “powerful sign of togetherness” by Cox’s husband, Brendan.

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He told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show: “The fact that all of the party leaders have responded to say ‘actually, we are going to pause for a second and say of course we fundamentally disagree with each other on lots of things, but actually there is more that unites us than divides us’, I think is a really important signal.”

Corbyn is scheduled to visit a Liverpool arts centre, the Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, a community picnic in Kendal and the Green party co-leader Caroline Lucas a church project in Brighton.

The Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, will be joined by representatives from the Scottish Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Conservatives and the Scottish National party for an event to mark the campaign break.

It comes at a critical time in the election campaign, as polls suggest a narrowing of the Conservative lead over Labour.

The Tories appear to have lost support over their pledge to withdraw the winter fuel allowance from wealthier pensioners and make older people pay for at-home social care out of the value of their houses for the first time, down to a floor of £100,000 in assets.

The party is also scrapping the triple lock pledge to raise the state pension by whatever is higher – 2.5%, average earnings growth or inflation, replacing it with a double lock to reflect earnings and inflation.

Labour’s manifesto, which promises nationalisation of energy, rail, post and water, as well as scrapping tuition fees, seems to have had a positive reception from voters.

For the last three weeks of the campaign, the Conservatives will aim to shift the focus on to questions of leadership and the delivery of Brexit, while Labour will want to concentrate on its populist policy programme.