Picnic in memory of MP Jo

June 30 2017

"WE have far more in common than that which divide us" are the famous words of Jo Cox, the Batley and Spen Labour MP who was brutally murdered last June.

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"WE have far more in common than that which divide us" are the famous words of Jo Cox, the Batley and Spen Labour MP who was brutally murdered last June.

A year on from her death, people in Fishponds gathered at an event in celebration of her memory.

In a display of unity on Father's Day, families came together in Fishponds Park to picnic and join in games.

Frome Vale Labour councillor Nicola Bowden-Jones said the decision to hold the event had been made by the Friends of Fishponds Park after members listened to an inspiring speech given by Mrs Cox's husband Brendan.

She said: "We all talked about how incredibly moved we were by Brendan and what an inspiration he has been to fathers across the UK. We wanted to recognise the contribution both Jo and Brendan made in their commitment towards building community cohesion by focusing on Jo's famous maiden speech she made in parliament when she said 'We have more in common than that which divides us'.

"I was thrilled that so many people were able to attend the event and that people were able to enjoy and appreciate the park. The lovely weather played its part too in the event's success."

The picnic in the park was part of a series of celebrations of unity across the UK called The Great Get Together, all held on or around the first anniversary of  Mrs Cox's death.

The initiative was devised by Mrs Cox's husband Brendan as a legacy to his wife's life and work.

Jo Cox died on June 16 2016 after she was shot and stabbed multiple times by Thomas Mair who was associated with far-right organisations. Mair was found guilty of her murder last November and sentenced to life. 

• Cllr Bowden-Jones is one of three women in Bristol to have been chosen to take part in the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme which supports women to take on greater roles within their community. 

"I have been particularly lucky to have been chosen along with two other women from Bristol among over 1,000 applications," she said.

"We are coming to the end of our training, but the course will continue and new cohorts are needed. It would be great for other women from Fishponds to go forward."

Applications for the programme are open to members of the Labour Party.