Jo Cox’s sister is ready to work “hand-in-hand” with the Daily Mirror’s groundbreaking Britain Talks project, to help bring the country back together.
Kim Leadbeater stepped into public life in memory of the former Labour MP for Batley and Spen, murdered by a far-right thug during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign.
She said: “I believe the Great Get Together and Britain Talks can help heal some of the divisions that have scarred this country of late.”
Kim, 42, has written an article that will appear today across all of the Britain Talks partners, spanning the Brexit and political divide.
Britain Talks will match people with opposing views willing to have a constructive conversation over tea and coffee.
To take part, head here — or you can print out this form , fill it in and mail it to us at: Britain Talks, PO Box 4012, London E14 5BD.
Here, Kim explains why it is vital that we all play our part…
“My sister Jo was a great campaigner for all the things she believed in.
Tragically, she was murdered in the middle of the Brexit referendum campaign while out doing her job as an MP.
That was three years ago. But if the country felt split then, those divisions feel even deeper and more bitter today.
Jo would have hated that. She was all about bringing people and communities together.
As she famously said, ‘We are far more united and have more in common than that which divides us’.
Jo was Labour but more than ready to work with Tories or anybody else to get things done.
On Monday, the Jo Cox Foundation is announcing details of this year’s Great Get Together, which aims to put the values Jo lived by into practice.
This year, it takes place on what would have been Jo’s 45th birthday.
By coincidence the events, from June 21 to 23, also take place on the third anniversary of the Brexit referendum.
Readers of this paper and its sister publications are urged to help bring the nation back together over a cup of tea with Britain Talks.
You’ll probably discover you really do have more in common than you might think.
Great Get Togethers will be taking place across the country. And at some there will be a special corner set aside for Britain Talks conversations. It’s what the country is crying out for.
There’s going to be a lot more campaigning over the next few months. Healthy debate is what democracy is all about.
But we can have disagreements in a respectful way, without threatening or intimidating language.
Working hand-in-hand, I believe the Great Get Together and Britain Talks can help heal some of the divisions.
I had hoped the reaction to Jo’s murder would lead to a more compassionate politics and stronger communities. Instead, it feels like things got worse.
But I refuse to give up that hope.
We can all make a difference. For me, it’s about creating a legacy for Jo we can all be proud of. It’s not too late to plan a Great Get Together where you live.”