Jo legacy weekend extended into Scotland

GGT 2017
GGT 2017

Events to commemorate the life of murdered MP Jo Cox are to be expanded in Scotland this year with more support from the Scottish Government and local councils.

Mrs Cox's sister, Kim Leadbeater, is to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other party leaders in Edinburgh on Wednesday to discuss plans for The Great Get Together between June 22 and 24.

Jo's sister, Kim Leadbeater.

Jo's sister, Kim Leadbeater.

The Scottish Government has already pledged its support to the UK-wide event which encourages a range of activities bring people together.

It was inspired by Mrs Cox's maiden speech as an MP, which contained the line "we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us".

This year's events will take place around what would have been the Labour MP's birthday and two years since she was murdered by right-wing extremist Thomas Mair as she arrived to host a surgery in her Batley and Spen constituency.

The Great Get Together is also being supported by Glasgow and Edinburgh councils this year with events to be staged in Scotland's two biggest cities.

Ms Leadbeater said: "Right now, it can feel like our country is deeply divided. But we know that when we get together that brings out the best in our people and our communities.

"Last year we saw Great Get Together events take place all around the country, bringing together people from across Scotland's diverse communities, and I can't thank people enough for that.

"Those events were inspired by my sister Jo. She touched so many people when she said that we had more in common than the things that divide us."

She added: "This year, we're repeating the Great Get Together and holding it to coincide with Jo's birthday.

"In Scotland, this year's Great Get Together is going to be even bigger than last year and we're really pleased that Glasgow and Edinburgh City Councils are planning to support our events.

"We want people across Scotland to host events that bring people together in their local area.

"There are so many benefits to living in closer communities, but that involves reaching out and meeting people we might otherwise never encounter."