Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Churches join in events celebrating Jo Cox's life

Churches join in events celebrating Jo Cox's life

Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, added: "A year has passed since the tragic death of our colleague, Jo Cox, and as always my thoughts will be with Brendan, their children and Jo's family and friends on this sad anniversary".

An event was also held at Academy Day Nursery in Rise Park today (Saturday), where around 100 people enjoyed the sun and an array of activities for all the family.

Mrs Cox was fatally shot and stabbed in Birstall in her Yorkshire constituency of Batley and Spen on 16 June.

"Events like Jo's death and recent terror attacks bring us together, but it shouldn't just be terrible events which do that, we should look after each other all the time". His tribute to the life and career of his wife - a young Labour Party MP heralded as a champion for women, immigrants and the vulnerable - helped him "process what has happened".

Mrs Leadbeater said the anniversary of Mrs Cox's death would be "difficult" for the family but they were attending a number of community events in her honour.

The Great Get Together is based on the message in her maiden speech in Parliament that "we have more in common than that which divides us".

She said: "There's a lot of stuff that I still haven't dealt with, and I guess that's where maybe counselling or some advice on how to cope with that would come in".

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The MP was shot and stabbed in a brutal attack previous year - and now events are being held across the United Kingdom for the Great Get Together.

Organised by the Jo Cox Foundation "The Great Get Together" is already being supported by a wide range of organisations.

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

"Our heart goes out to the people who spent the night hoping their loved ones are safe but probably coming to realise they may not be".

She said the response to the Great Get Together showed people had an appetite for something positive after the "really horrendous" things that had happened in the past 12 months.

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

"If you think about things that hold us together, those really British values, whether it's values of equality or the way we all believe the fact the weather is bad and we all like tea, these are more important than partisan politics and things that divide us".

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