June 16 marks one year since Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, was killed.
Cox was due to start a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, when she was murdered by Thomas Mair, who was armed with a knife and a firearm. Mair was sentenced to life imprisonment.
In remembrance of the one-year anniversary, the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow released a statement praising Cox’s “inclusive nature”.
“Jo spent her life serving and campaigning to bring people together through her charity work and her work as a Member of Parliament. As she so poignantly described in her maiden speech: ‘We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.’ Her warmth, generosity and compassion will be a lasting legacy,” he said.
“Jo’s killing was an attack on democracy which shook the world. It was an act of terror, designed not only to strike an individual but to undermine our freedom. In her honour, in Jo’s honour, and as we begin this new Parliament, it is incumbent upon us all to rededicate ourselves to our democracy, and stand together in the face of those who seek to destroy it,” he added.
Cox’s husband Brendan has also spoken of the “acute pain” of his and his family’s grief.
“Jo was defined by her empathy, inclusivity and kindness and my mission is to fight for this and against the hate that killed her,” he affirmed.
Brendan Cox has founded a charity in his wife’s name. The Jo Cox Foundation is organising The Great Get Together on the weekend of 16-18 June across the UK. The event will see hundreds of street parties and other community events happening all over the UK, with the aim of fostering community inclusion and neighbourhood cohesion.
To find out about events happening near you, visit: https://nvite.com/community/