'The Great Get Together will bridge divides in communities and celebrate common ground' says Jo Cox Foundation director

'The Great Get Together will bridge divides in communities and celebrate common ground' says Jo Cox Foundation

Jo Cox was murdered a year ago

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Great Get Together is a chance to bridge divides in communities and bring people together at a difficult time, says the head of the foundation set up in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

Today (June 16) marks the anniversary of the day MP Jo Cox was murdered, in an event which stunned the nation. An event has been created in her memory called the Great Get Together, which encourages members of the public to come together in community events.

Iona Lawrence, director of the Jo Cox Foundation, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "The family [of Jo Cox] really wanted to make sure [the anniversary] was a moment of positivity and hope.

"What marks it all is what we do here in Britain best is pour out cups of tea, but what we’re not really good at is having conversation with strangers and bridging those divides.

"We need an excuse to do it, so that’s what this weekend really is - an excuse to bring communities together up and down the country and celebrate what we have in common.

"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 awful and we all like tea, these are more important than partisan politics and things that divide us."

Listen to the full interview above