Community events to celebrate life of Jo Cox take place

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"Her sense of our country and the time that we're living in, where I think we spend a lot of time talking about diversity and difference and we're not very good actually at talking about the things that bind us together", Cox said.

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

The family of murdered MP Jo Cox say they hope they are "doing her proud" as events honouring her take place.

The Batley and Spen MP was shot and stabbed by far-right terrorist Thomas Mair during the EU Referendum campaign on June 16 a year ago.

Mr Cox told Sky News that in keeping with his wife's message of unity the idea is to "celebrate the things that bind us together".

"Events like Jo's death and recent terror attacks bring us together, but it shouldn't just be bad events which do that, we should look after each other all the time". Brendan Cox was joined by all four of Britain's living former prime ministers in paying tribute to the MP and the impact she had on the country's political discourse.

There was also an event held at Rushcliffe Labour Party Women's Forum where a Big Tea Afternoon was launched in her memory. And it's not too late to organise your own Get Together this weekend with friends and neighbours.

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Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour this week, Cox said he wrote the book for those "who wanted to learn more about her - people who felt she stood for something".

"We will not go back to a "them and us" culture where distrust and hate exist and the best way to help end prejudice is by talking to each other and understanding our various communities".

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).

She said: "I think what it shows is that people have got a real appetite for something positive to bring people together".

"Politics at the moment is so divisive".

Organised by the Jo Cox Foundation "The Great Get Together" is already being supported by a wide range of organisations. It was absolutely at the heart of who she was.

"If you think about things that hold us together, those really British values, whether it's values of equality or the way we all believe the fact the weather is bad and we all like tea, these are more important than partisan politics and things that divide us".

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