The husband of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox said he’s been “encouraged” by the tone of political debate in Scotland – but warned campaigners not to let hatred creep in.
Brendan Cox, whose wife was brutally killed in June last year, was in Edinburgh yesterday to discuss plans for community events across the UK to mark the first anniversary of her death.
Known as the Great Get-Together, local events like street parties will be held over three days from June 16 – the date Jo, 41, was shot and stabbed by neo-Nazi Thomas Mair in her Batley and Spen constituency.
Main was ordered to serve a whole-life prison sentence for the shocking crime.
Brendan, at the Scottish Parliament, said he was anxious about a snap election being called just as he was preparing to mark the first anniversary of his loss.
Be he said: “So far in this election, I haven’t seen the vitriol that sometimes accompanies them.
“Where these voices are, I think they’re increasingly sidelined and marginalised. That’s something I take encouragement from.”
He noted the often-ill tempered independence debate in Scotland, adding: “Tempers were frayed in the run-up to the first indyref.
“But politics should be passionate. People should be able to passionately disagree with each other on fundamental things like independence or whether you’re in Europe or not.
“But there should not be hatred or feeding of hatred.
“What’s happening across politics across Europe and the US over the last five years is that some of the hatred of the ‘other’ group has come back.
“Whether that’s migrants or Muslims, Mexicans, refugees or people that voted a different way to you, I think we need to challenge that rather than assume people will agree.”
Brendan met Nicola Sturgeon and other party leaders to discuss his plans, which are supported by the Scottish Government.
Holyrood presiding officer Ken Macintosh announced yesterday that an event will be held at parliament on June 16. He will invite people from the local area to meet and chat with MSPs.