Jo Cox’s sister says ‘kindness more important than ever’ on fourth anniversary of death

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The sister of Jo Cox has urged the country to pull together on the fourth anniversary of the MP’s murder.

Kim Leadbeater spoke passionately on the tragic anniversary to lament the fact that people were still being killed over the colour of their skin.

She went on to say that she was inspired by the level of humanity and care that people showed despite such violence and tensions.

The remarks came four years after Jo was fatally stabbed on the streets of Birstall by Thomas Mair, who held far-right views.

Kim said: “I sometimes feel that I can’t really begin to deal with the grieving process while there is still so much work to be done on some of the issues Jo cared about during her life – and indeed the issues raised by her brutal murder at the hands of a right wing extremist and white supremacist.

“In 2020 how can we still be living in a world where people are abused, attacked and killed because of the colour of their skin?

“How can we still be living in a world where we are supposedly better connected than ever yet so many people feel lonely?

“And how can so many of us still be so reluctant or unable to listen to other people’s opinions in a civilised and respectful manner?”

Kim added that while she still felt pain at her sister’s death, “I do continue to be inspired by how, when faced with tragedy and crisis, people often also show the best of humanity.”

Kim spoke out as new figures published by the Connection Coalition, which includes the Jo Cox Foundation and over 400 other charities and organisations, show a huge increase in the number of people who think we have become more caring as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.

When asked by YouGov about life in the UK in 2020, the number of people who said we look after each other rose from less than a quarter to almost two-thirds between February and May.

Next weekend marks the fourth annual Great Get Together in memory of Jo.

In her maiden speech in Parliament the Batley and Spen MP said that “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us” has never been more important or more relevant.

Great Get Together events will be taking place in communities all across the country, although most will be held online.

They include Bankside Open Spaces Trust community festival, the Run for Jo event and a national Virtual Community Service.

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