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UK: Hundreds commemorate Jo Cox's birthday on eve of EU Brexit vote02:13

UK: Hundreds commemorate Jo Cox's birthday on eve of EU Brexit vote

United Kingdom, Batley
June 22, 2016 at 20:22 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds rallied to commemorate what would have been late Labour MP Jo Cox's birthday at her constituency in Batley, Wednesday, on the eve of the EU Brexit referendum.

Paul Taylor, head of Support Development at the Royal Voluntary Service, said "the message that Jo's family want to write large today is that love is so much stronger than hate and hope is so much stronger than fear. And that we have so much more in common than anything that divides us. Here in Batley, in London, and throughout the world, that's the message that is being sent out today."

Cox's sister, Kim Leadbeater, also addressed the crowd, saying "I don't have any answers as to why such a horrendous and tragic event has occurred in our lives. But I do know that Jo would not have wanted any of us to allow it to make her life anything other than the force for good it always was."

Leadbeater also added "to come together and unite against hate and division and to fight instead for inclusion, love and unity. In Jo's honour and on behalf of her grieving family, I urge you to please do so. Thank you."

Jo Cox died after being shot and stabbed outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday, following a constituency meeting. A 52-year-old man named Thomas Mair was arrested by police in connection with the attack.

UK: Hundreds commemorate Jo Cox's birthday on eve of EU Brexit vote02:13
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Hundreds rallied to commemorate what would have been late Labour MP Jo Cox's birthday at her constituency in Batley, Wednesday, on the eve of the EU Brexit referendum.

Paul Taylor, head of Support Development at the Royal Voluntary Service, said "the message that Jo's family want to write large today is that love is so much stronger than hate and hope is so much stronger than fear. And that we have so much more in common than anything that divides us. Here in Batley, in London, and throughout the world, that's the message that is being sent out today."

Cox's sister, Kim Leadbeater, also addressed the crowd, saying "I don't have any answers as to why such a horrendous and tragic event has occurred in our lives. But I do know that Jo would not have wanted any of us to allow it to make her life anything other than the force for good it always was."

Leadbeater also added "to come together and unite against hate and division and to fight instead for inclusion, love and unity. In Jo's honour and on behalf of her grieving family, I urge you to please do so. Thank you."

Jo Cox died after being shot and stabbed outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday, following a constituency meeting. A 52-year-old man named Thomas Mair was arrested by police in connection with the attack.

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