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Community parties to honour murdered MP Jo Cox on her 44th birthday

Parties in honour of murdered MP Jo Cox will be held across the country on what would have been her 44th birthday, it has been announced.

Plans to repeat the Great Get Together, which was held last year on the anniversary of Ms Cox’s death, on a more “positive” date were revealed at a Downing Street reception to celebrate her legacy.

Mrs Cox’s parents, who were among the guests, told of their pride in the work she did to bring people together.

Jean and Gordon Leadbeater said: “It was wonderful to see millions of people of all ages and backgrounds come out last year for the Great Get Together.

“It was a sad and difficult time for us, of course, but we felt proud that so many were inspired by what Jo said in her maiden speech about how we have more in common than that which divides us.

“Time and again we have been asked if there will be another Great Get Together this year and we’re pleased that there will and that it will be over the weekend of Jo’s birthday.

“This feels like a very positive occasion both to remember Jo and her work and also to enjoy once again everything that the Great Get Together stands for.”

It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Tracey Crouch as minister for loneliness following a series of recommendations made by the Jo Cox Commission set up to tackle the issue.

Mrs Cox, who was brutally murdered by a far-right terrorist, campaigned across the political divide before her death to find ways to combat loneliness.

Picture: Jo Cox. (Yui Mok PA).