Mark Burns-Williamson pays tribute to MP Jo Cox ahead of The Great Get Together (15 June 2017)

"Friday (June 16) marks a year since Jo Cox was so senselessly taken from us as she went about her normal business attending one of her public surgeries in Birstall.

"I have very happy memories of Jo and will always remember her as vibrant, warm and someone who made a difference to the lives of so many. She was a great MP who I felt privileged to know and work with.

"Those who knew Jo and were touched by her incredible energy, dynamism and drive to do the right thing and help those less fortunate and have the opportunity to pay tribute to her on Friday and this weekend with The Great Get Together.

"These events, aimed at bringing people together, will demonstrate in Jo's words why we "are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us".

"The last few weeks have been terrible with the devastating attacks in Manchester and London but we cannot let people who want to cause harm dictate how we live and work and The Great Get Together and Jo's legacy will reinforce our determination to combat hatred in all its forms.

"I also want to pay tribute to the work of West Yorkshire police officers and staff in for their continued dedication and commitment in ensuring communities feel safe.

"The diversity of West Yorkshire is one of its greatest strengths and community cohesion is vital to ensure our communities feel safe. The Great Get Together forms part of that and I would encourage people to find out how they can get involved in the events which are taking place across West Yorkshire this weekend with more information available on their website https://www.greatgettogether.org/join-in/.

"My thoughts remain with Jo's family and friends, who have shown incredible positivity and strength, ensuring Jo's legacy lives on."

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