The whole country was shocked when, on 16th June 2016, Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox was murdered by a right wing extremist. For those of us in Leeds, her home, it felt very personal. Her widower, Brendan was determined that his wife would be remembered not as a victim but by what she stood for and so The Great Get Together was created in memory of MS Cox’s maiden speech in which she said:
“We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”
Mr Cox urged local communities to come together and share food in events which celebrated what we have in common as well as our diversity. Faith leaders, royals, politicians and celebrities helped to endorse the scheme.