Parties from across the political divide will join Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale in paying tribute to the late politician
POLITICIANS will call an hour-long campaigning truce in Edinburgh in memory of Labour MP Jo Cox.
Parties from across the political divide will join Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale at Edinburgh’s Serenity Cafe on Sunday to remember the murdered politician.
Labour activists around Scotland have been asked to halt their campaigning at the same time.
Mother-of-two Jo Cox was shot and stabbed by neo-Nazi Thomas Mair during the EU referendum campaign in June last year.
He was later handed a life sentence for the murder of the 41-year-old.
Ms Dugdale said: “Jo Cox was an inspiration and one of the UK’s brightest political lights. She was someone who devoted her life to helping others, believing there is more that unites than divides us.”
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She added: “As we gather, we will think of a mother and a wife who inspired us to remember that we have more in common than that which divides us.
“Candidates from the different political parties will gather in Edinburgh to reflect on that legacy of peace and compassion that unites us all.
“By putting aside our differences, we can instead focus on what unites us – our commitment to make Scotland and the UK a better, more progressive place.”
It comes after Jo Cox’s widower, Brendan Cox, visited Holyrood on Wednesday.
He met with Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson and other members from the main parties at Scottish Parliament to speak about Jo Cox’s legacy of togetherness.
The Scottish Government have also pledged to support the UK-wide event Mr Cox has organised on the weekend of the anniversary of his wife’s death.
The Great Get Together will take place from June 16 to 18, with more than 100,000 community events being held all over the country including picnics, street parties, barbecues, coffee morning and tea parties, and will pay tribute to the late MP.
Punters will be invited to attend the Scottish Parliament’s own get-together on June 16.
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