Jo Cox The Great Get Together what events are taking place this

first_imgJo Cox Brendan Cox, the MP’s husband, said his wife’s killing “aimed to divide communities but has instead brought them together”.He added: “Her killing by a far-right extremist shocked the country and unleashed a wave of compassion and kindness that has comforted us ever since and for which we are extremely grateful.“At a time when extremists of all types are trying to divide our communities there is a huge ground swell of people who just want to focus on the things that unite us, who want to draw closer to their neighbours and communities. Mr Cox said he was “awed by the scale of the reaction” to The Great Together.“We hope these events give us all a moment – as Jo talked about in her maiden speech – to focus on the things we have in common,” he said.“I also hope they are fun, full of energy and laughter. That’s what Jo would have wanted.”What else is going on?Yorkshire’s two regional TV news programmes will put aside 50 years of rivalry when they broadcast jointly for the initiative.  The editors of The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph have also published an opinion piece under a joint byline to support The Great Get Together.People taking part have also been sharing photos using the hashtag #moreincommon Yes – anyone can take part and it’s still not too late to register your interest online in The Great Get Together.“Arrange something with your neighbours, find an event taking place near you or join in online. Whatever you decide, you’ll be part of a huge national celebration,” organisers say. #JoCox as I’ll always remember her; smiling. Thinking of @MrBrendanCox & all Jo’s family today. Hoping everyone will enjoy @great_together— Jo Stevens (@JoStevensLabour) June 16, 2017 People all across the UK will come together to enjoy picnics, street parties and concerts for The Great Get Together, marking the first anniversary of her death.Mrs Cox’s constituency will be the focal point of the event, with schoolchildren taking part in special assemblies, the renaming of a conference centre in Mrs Cox’s honour, moments of reflection in Birstall, where she was killed, and church services.You can search for your nearest event online.Can anyone take part? The Great Get Together, described as “the biggest neighbourhood celebrations since the Jubilee street parties”, will run from 16 – 18 June.Where is it? Mrs Cox’s family and friends came up with the initiative.“We believe there is a groundswell of people who reject divisive politics and simply want to bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us. This is our chance,” they say.“As the Prime Minister said, when she remarked on Jo’s death in her New Year’s message: 2017 represents an opportunity to move forward and ‘bring this country together, as never before’.”What has the reaction been? #JoCox as I’ll always remember her; smiling. Thinking of @MrBrendanCox & all Jo’s family today. Hoping everyone will enjoy @great_together— Jo Stevens (@JoStevensLabour) June 16, 2017 Brendan Cox, widower of murdered MP Jo CoxCredit:PA Brendan Cox, widower of murdered MP Jo Cox “We’re inviting people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common.“It could be a street party or a shared barbecue, a picnic or a bake off. What matters is that we have fun and bring communities closer together.”The organisers said they expect people to take part “for many different reasons”.Inspired by Jo Cox Tomorrow thousands of schools will be holding assemblies& Great Get Togethers – focussing on the things that bind us together. #moreincommon— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) June 15, 2017 “I think people are sick of the narrative of hatred and division that neither represents who they are nor our great country.” What is The Great Get Together?The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, the Labour MP who was shot and stabbed to death in her Batley and Spen constituency, in Yorkshire, on June 16 last year. Jo Cox on her wedding day Credit:The Jo Cox foundation  Neighbourhood celebrations are taking place up and down the country to bring communities together, with more than 110,000 events organised.When is it? The Horror of what unfolded a year ago will live with me forever. Thinking of my brilliant, talented & wonderful friend #JoCox #MoreInCommon— Chris Elmore MP (@CPJElmore) June 16, 2017 Exactly a year ago, Jo Cox was killed. Today let’s keep her words alive. A powerful way you can help is by sharing Jo’s words #MoreInCommon— Great Get Together (@great_together) June 16, 2017 Today, as we remember Jo Cox, her work, her life, & legacy, let’s remember that we do, & always will, have #MoreInCommon— Steven Atkins (@StevenAtkinsUK) June 16, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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