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Memorial and community events to mark a year since Jo Cox's murder

Memorial and community events to mark a year since Jo Cox's murder

FRIENDS and supporters of murdered MP Jo Cox gathered for picnics and fetes in her memory.

He addressed a crowd of about 100 people at the event held at Sandwell Valley Country Park.

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

Mother-of-two Mrs Cox was shot and stabbed on June 16 a year ago as she arrived for a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Miss Leadbeater told BBC Breakfast: "I think the thing, as a family, is every day is hard".

Earlier this year Mrs Cox's husband Brendan announced plans for the Great Get Together from June 16 to June 18.

The Jo Cox Foundation teamed up with The Big Lunch to create The Great Get Together in celebration of Mrs Cox's belief that we all have more in common than that which divides us.

"I think, for me, this is my way of coping with it and, hopefully, letting them know that, as a family, we won't be beaten by what's happened".

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.

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".

"The Great Get Together is an excellent opportunity for all of us to strengthen the ties that bind us - as local communities and as a country - and to practise our values of hospitality, welcome, and generosity". "She inspired us with her passion for finding common ground with people of good will and building a better world with them".

Widower of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox, Brendan Cox (L) react as Jo's sister Kim Leadbeater delivers a statement outside the Old Bailey criminal court in London on November 23, 2016, following the conviction of Jo's killer Thomas Mair. "Just moments that don't fixate on the differences but focus on those things that we have in common".

The First Minister urged those attending the tea party at Glasgow Woman's Library to focus on the things that "bring us together".

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.

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