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Jo Cox remembered

Events are taking place across the country this weekend to remember Jo Cox MP.

It is exactly a year since the member of parliament for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire was stabbed and gunned down in a sickening attack by a right-wing fantasist.

Jo Cox’s family have been remarkably brave ever since she died. The mental strength that her husband Brendan has shown in interviews over the past year, as well as Jo’s sister Kim Leadbeater, is nothing short of incredible.

They seem to have an attitude to life that is positive beyond comprehension, and every one of us can learn from this outlook in life.

A lot of people could easily have gone into a downward spiral after such an awful event, and that would be totally understandable.

Instead, the Jo Cox Foundation was set up to carry on her work, which includes highlighting the plight of innocent people in Syria, and to battling loneliness and social isolation in the UK.

The Great Get Together will take place across the UK over the weekend, and is designed not to have any religious or political motives.

It is simply a series of picnics, street parties and concerts with the aim of bringing people together and celebrating the diversity and freedom that we get to enjoy in this country.

Trying to hold onto the positive virtues in life feels all the more important considering recent events such as the terrorist atrocities in London and Manchester, as well as the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower this week.

This positive message isn’t something we should just want at the moment – I think it’s something that as a nation we desperately need.

We have never been more divided in some respects (Brexit and the way elections have gone recently), so let us hope that the 100,000 events – a remarkably high figure – that are taking place this weekend can go some way towards helping us respect one another more, and bring us closer together.


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