The sister of Jo Cox, the MP murdered in her Yorkshire constituency in 2016, is encouraging people in Hull and East Riding to take part in some special events.
The Great Get Together is being held in two weeks’ time across our region, and encompasses several meet ups to remind ourselves that “we all have more in common than that which divides us.”
Those were the words from Jo Cox’s first speech to parliament and they have never been more relevant than they are today.
The events are the culmination of the Britain Talks project with Hull Live, in partnership the Mirror, Daily Express and dozens of Reach PLC regional newspapers, wanting to stop derision in the nation and bring everyone back together over a nice cup of tea.
As part of joining people together in our city, MP Emma Hardy is holding a Better Together event which will feature a street ‘Living Room’ in Whitefriargate where people can come to chat in Hull city centre on Saturday, June 22 from 11am-1pm.
MP Graham Stuart’s Withernsea Street Surgery is also on the same day from 10.30am-12pm where Councillors Lyn Healing, Dave Tucker and Paul Whitehead will be present.
Other events in the area include the Age UK Lindsey Charity Shop coffee morning on Friday, June 21, a celebration of Sancton’s past in photos with a ‘cuppa and cake’ at Sancton Village Hall on Saturday, June 22 and a fun cricket match for all ages and abilities on Sunday, June 23 in Osgodby.
This coming together of the city of Hull, as well as bringing Britain back together, is something that Kim Leadbeater who stepped into public life in memory of her sister, the former Labour MP for Batley and Spen, is very passionate about.
“Humberside has always been really enthusiastic about organising Great Get Togethers and this year will be better than ever,” said Ms Leadbeater.
“I’ve got no doubt at all that the people of the city are ready to get back together and this is just the right moment.
“It is three years since Jo’s horrific murder and I still can’t believe what has happened to our family.
“My personal grief is compounded by the current divisions across the country, which in many ways feel worse than ever.
“It makes it more important than ever to take some time to reconnect with each other on a human level, and The Great Get Together is the perfect opportunity to do so.
“When we turn on the TV or read the paper these days all we seem to be met with is anger and disagreement. And whilst robust debate and discussion is hugely important, I think it is also vital for us to remember how to do so in a respectful way and to take some time to focus on the things we share and have in common.
“The only way to understand each other and live peacefully together is by getting to know each other, and The Great Get Together will have lots of brilliant events where we can do just that.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support in making this year’s celebrations more special than ever. Have a great time.”
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Catherine Anderson, CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation, says this year’s Great Get Together is more varied and more exciting than ever.
“We have literally lost count of the number of different activities, large and small, being planned across the UK”, she said.
“The organisers I speak to tell me time and again how their communities are looking forward so much to the opportunity to forget about all the divisions in society and simply have a good time and remember that we really do have so much more in common.
“It’s not too late to start planning something if you haven’t already. And whether you feel you know your neighbours and others in your community well or not, there will be a warm welcome for you at an event not far from where you live.”
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