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Jo Cox family in message of unity on anniversary of MP's death

Communities to unite to remember murdered Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox in Great Get Together

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

More than 100,000 events are taking place across the United Kingdom over the weekend.

Jo Cox's widower has said his family has not been broken by her murder ahead of the first anniversary of the MP's death.

Jo Cox was campaigner on issues relating to the Syrian Civil War, and founded and chaired the all-party parliamentary group Friends of Syria.

On June 16 previous year Jo Cox was shot and stabbed by a far-right extremist in Birstall, near her constituency of Bateley and Spen.

More than 100,000 events are to be held around the country to remember the life of Ms. Cox, who was just 41-years-old when she died, leaving behind a husband and two children.

"Jo Cox was an inspirational MP and the Great Get Together is in the spirit of that".

St. Peter's Church of which Knight is the leader of, will hold its "Great Get Together" on Sunday.

"With almost 3,000 staff we have our own community here at Airedale, but don't often get the chance to come together and have a chat".

He added: "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. Just moments that don't fixate on the differences but focus on those things that we have in common".

"And hopefully we're doing Jo proud by doing the things that she would have been doing". "She inspired us with her passion for finding common ground with people of good will and building a better world with them".

"She was a fantastic woman; energetic, honest, great fun, she was lovely".

The event was devised by Mr Cox to ensure that his wife's life and work was foremost during the anniversary, not the division and hatred that motivated her killer, Thomas Mair, a white supremacist (News, 25 November).

He said: "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".

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