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Anniversary of the death of Jo Cox MP

18 June 2017
Anniversary of the death of Jo Cox MP

Today (June 16) marks the anniversary of the day MP Jo Cox was murdered, in an event which stunned the nation.

Jo Cox was campaigner on issues relating to the Syrian Civil War, and founded and chaired the all-party parliamentary group Friends of Syria.

Brendan Cox, whose wife was attacked outside a constituency surgery in Birstall on June 16 past year, also welcomed the award of honours to Mrs Cox's senior caseworker and the two West Yorkshire Police officers who arrested the murderer.

"We need an excuse to do it, so that's what this weekend really is - an excuse to bring communities together up and down the country and celebrate what we have in common".

Communities around the country will be paying their own tributes a year after her tragic death.

Prominent religious leaders are among the 117,000 people who have signed up to take part in the Great Get Together, including the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

"Jo's maiden speech in the House of Commons had that memorable phrase "we have more in common than anything that divides us", so that's a pretty good principle for all of us to try and live our lives by".

"And hopefully we're doing Jo proud by doing the things that she would have been doing".

But I think what I chose to do is to come into the community and be around the people who loved Jo and who Jo loved and in the place that we were born and brought up. "For us, as a family, that's the best thing we can have".

The event was devised by Mr Cox to ensure that his wife's life and work was foremost during the anniversary, not the division and hatred that motivated her killer, Thomas Mair, a white supremacist (News, 25 November).

"Nothing to do with anything other than getting together with people in your communities", she told the BBC.

"Politics at the moment is so divisive".

More than one hundred organisations are supporting The Great Get Together, from The Big Lunch, Help for Heroes to Amnesty International, the RNLI to the RSPB as well as the Scouts and the Guides and The Women's Institute.

"The murder of Jo Cox was.an attempt to divide communities and to undermine democracy, but the response to the murder in the year since it happened has shown the British people will not be intimidated by such cowardly acts".