Liz McInnes MP has joined MPs from different parties and stars such as Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray to take part in the recording of a unique protest single initiated by parliamentary rock band MP4 as a tribute to the late MP Jo Cox.
Under the name Friends of Jo Cox featuring MP4, Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray the single is now available to buy from iTunes and Amazon and can be streamed on sites including Spotify.
Sales from the song, a cover of the Rolling Stones classic ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, will raise funds for the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation established after her death.
Liz McInnes MP says: ‘Jo Cox achieved so much, and her life is a lesson in the power and importance of compassion, empathy and love. It was an honour to take part in the recording of this single which I hope will help the very worthy causes she championed so passionately.’
Renowned producer Robin Millar, who has worked with countless artists including Sade, Big Country and Everything But The Girl produced the single. Robin Millar said: ‘This is essentially a protest record as we believe a piece of music can still make a statement. We wanted to create something to show that Jo Cox’s hugely selfless and energetic campaigning must live on through greater unity. 16 MPs from across the political spectrum took part alongside our artists to reflect Jo’s belief that more unites us than divides us. I hope by making this record we can both honour Jo and help work continue through the Foundation.’
Steve Harley said: ‘I am not really a political animal. But Jo Cox was a cut above and her legacy should be celebrated. Mrs Cox was a truly special person, and the more I learn about her life and work, the more deeply I admire her.’
David Gray said: ‘In an era that has seen politics characterized by campaigns driven by hateful and divisive language, Jo Cox was that rare thing - someone you could believe in. A dedicated politician working at the heart of her community who believed in a politics of compassion and in building a fairer world.’
KT Tunstall said: ‘It was an absolute honour to take part in a project that brought so many different people together including Jo Cox's family, the local community, numerous MP's from all over the country and from ALL parties, as well as musical artists I very much admire. I was grateful to be able to talk with those who knew Jo, and I can only wish I had known her. She sounded like an extraordinary person. Many people told me she would have loved what we did making this song; coming together to honour the causes she felt so strongly about, and having so much fun doing it. It is a tragic loss that she is gone, but the best way to remember her is to take action, speak up, and be kind.’