Soap Actor Lined up to Replace Murdered MP Jo Cox

Memorial Jo Cox
Flowers surround a photograph of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox in a memorial outside the Houses of Parliament in London on June 20, 2016. A new police squad to handle crimes against MPs was set up after her death. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

A former soap actor is being lined up to replace the murdered British MP Jo Cox, according to reports.

Tracy Brabin, 55, who has appeared in Coronation Street, Eastenders and Emmerdale is set to announce her campaign for the by-election in the Batley and Spen constituency in the coming days, The Sun reported.

Brabin was a close friend of Cox, who was killed in her constituency just days before the U.K.'s EU referendum.

A source told The Sun: "Tracy worked very closely with Jo on a number of local issues and is keen to carry on her work.

"She's well known locally, she grew up around here and is seen as the best candidate by the local Labour party.

"There will obviously be a process to nominate her, but it's pretty much nailed on."

Whoever is eventually chosen as Labour's candidate is near-certain to win the seat. UKIP, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives have all pledged that they will not contest the race as a mark of respect for Cox. Liberty GB, a fringe far-right party, is fielding a candidate.

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