Jo Cox's husband 'awed' by togetherness celebrations on anniversary of killing

Sunday, 18 Jun, 2017

"A meeting of our diocesan family is a great time to thank God for Jo Cox".

More than 108,000 get-togethers are happening across the country, according to the event's website, including bake-offs, barbecues and games of football.

Cox was due to start a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, when she was murdered by Thomas Mair, who was armed with a knife and a firearm. "I think with what's happened in London during the last week, everyone is getting a feeling for how important community is".

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.

To commemorate the anniversary of her death, Brighton and Hove Labour politicians answered the calls of her widower Brendan who wanted the weekend to celebrate everything the country had in common.

She was speaking at a tea party at Glasgow Women's Library.

"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 or all of us to try and live our lives by".

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He said: "She would have loved this thing".

Mr Parmar himself came to Bolton from Nairobi, Kenya, almost 50 years ago, and said how important it was to support people and groups who might not otherwise easily integrate into the community.

"We need to stand together and show the people who want to divide us that we are united", he concludes. "I think that's an admirable thing for them to do".

He was later handed a whole-life prison sentence for her murder.

"Politics at the moment is so divisive". "So it's not as if today is actually very different for us in lots of ways".

"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 disgusting things happen is that people do come together and we see the best of community spirit".

The Great Get Together, as it has been named, will see a series of picnics, street parties, and concerts run across the weekend.