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Jo Cox's husband says 'family has not been broken'


A year ago the Cox family - Brendan, wife Jo and children Cuillin and Lejla - joined a flotilla of vessels floating down the Thames to campaign to remain in the EU.

The Great Get Together is a chance to bridge divides in communities and bring people together at a hard time, says the head of the foundation set up in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

The Batley and Spen MP was shot and stabbed by far-right terrorist Thomas Mair during the EU Referendum campaign on June 16 past year. "We have such a strong community spirit here and I'm sure everyone will thoroughly enjoy these great fun events".

ON the very weekend that communities are encouraged to come together to honour the memory, and legacy, of Jo Cox, it is humbling that Bernard Kenny - the pensioner badly injured as he rushed to the aid of the dying MP - is awarded the George Medal for his bravery and heroism.

The event is inspired by words from Mrs Cox's first speech in Parliament: "We are far more united, and have far more in common than that which divides us".

He said: "She would have loved this thing. We should come together to celebrate the strength, kindness and unity of our communities". "For us, as a family, that's the best thing we can have". "Just moments that don't fixate on the differences but focus on those things that we have in common".

Right-wing loner Thomas Mair was given a whole life term after being convicted of her murder at the Old Bailey in November.

"Of course it's partly about Jo but, actually, I think it's tapping into something more important even than that which is a sense that our communities want to come together again".

The Vicar of Cleckheaton, the Revd Brunel James, has organised a community picnic in the centre of the town, in partnership with his local Churches Together group.

The commemoration dubbed "The Great Get Together" was set up by Cox's family and aims to send out a message of hope.

"What you see when those terrible things happen is that people do come together and we see the best of community spirit", she said.

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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