Remember Jo at 'get together'

Communities to unite to remember murdered Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox in Great Get Together

"At the end of the day it's about people and communities coming together, and in that sense it's not about what happened to Jo, it's about what she believed in".

THE life of MP Jo Cox will be commemorated by volunteers tomorrow.

The then MP for Batley and Spen was murdered by a far-right extremist a year ago in her West Yorkshire constituency.

In other areas, Kirklees' arts partners Creative Scene is bringing Ska band The Baghdaddies to Cleckheaton's Memorial Park from 1pm-3pm on Saturday, June 17 while Cleckheaton Churches Together is organising a Picnic in the Park to bring all sections of the community together.

There was also an event held at Rushcliffe Labour Party Women's Forum where a Big Tea Afternoon was launched in her memory.

More than 100,000 events are to be held around the country to remember the life of Ms. Cox, who was just 41-years-old when she died, leaving behind a husband and two children. And it's not too late to organise your own Get Together this weekend with friends and neighbours.

Street parties, picnics, concerts and gatherings will prove the MP's motto that "we have far more in common than that which divides us".

Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour this week, Cox said he wrote the book for those "who wanted to learn more about her - people who felt she stood for something".

He said: "We can be a focus for good".

Mair was jailed for life after being convicted of her murder at the Old Bailey in November past year.

THE GREAT GET TOGETHERTHE GREAT GET TOGETHERHe said: "I'm both amazed and humbled that so many people have said they want to take part in the Great Get Together".

"Politics at the moment is so divisive".

The foundation has helped to organise this weekend's nationwide events under the banner The Great Get Together. "The important thing is that it will be a lot of fun, and will, hopefully, play its part in reminding us all of the values that make this country such a great place to live".

"We've had a lot of really horrendous things happen in the past 12 months, whether it's the Manchester attack, or the London attack or this horrendous fire this week, but what you see when those terrible things happen is that people do come together and we see the best of community spirit".

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