Local goverment workers remember murdered MP and Orlando club goers

UNISON president says people should ‘reflect on some of the language used’ in EU debate as delegates hold minute’s silence for union member Jo Cox

UNISON president Wendy Nichols paid tribute to murdered MP Jo Cox and the 49 victims of the Orlando LGBT club shooting as the union’s local government conference opened in Brighton this morning.

Speaking of Ms Cox, a UNISON member on whose selection committee she sat, the president urged delegates – whatever side of the EU referendum debate they were on – to “reflect on some of the language that’s been being used”, and never let such events happen again.

“It isn’t right and it has to stop,” she said, voice choking with emotion, as she called on delegates to stand and observe a minute’s silence.