What is The Great Get-Together? Event set up to honour Jo Cox

Some of those involved in preparing the food for the Big Lunch in south Belfast

Some of those involved in preparing the food for the Big Lunch in south Belfast

Cllr Rokshana Fiaz, who is part of the organising team, said: "It's about coming together and challenging hate and after the events in Manchester and on London Bridge it's even more important that local residents have the opportunity to show what we have in common, how easy it is to make connections and for all of us to get on".

Miss Leadbeater told BBC Breakfast: "I think the thing, as a family, is every day is hard".

She said that The Great Get Together has "nothing to do with anything other than getting together with people in your communities".

She said: "I think, for me, this is my way of coping with it and, hopefully, letting them know that, as a family, we won't be beaten by what's happened".

"When Jo was killed a year ago, it took the heart out of our family", he said.

In the light of this horrendous year, I think we are making a difference.

"The first emotion was shock, both numbing and shattering".

It's also heartening that Craig Nicholls and Jonathan Wright, the two unarmed police officers who risked their safety to arrest Mair, have been awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal - they could not be more deserving recipients - and that Sandra Major, the late Mrs Cox's constituency case worker, has been made a MBE. "But our family has not been broken".

Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, said: "Jo dedicated her life to public service and paid the ultimate price for striving to build a more inclusive society".

Earlier this year Mrs Cox's husband Brendan announced plans for the Great Get Together from June 16 to June 18. I think people are sick of the narrative of hatred and division that neither represents who they are nor our country.

He added: "We hope these events give us all a moment - as Jo talked about in her maiden speech - to focus on the things we have in common".

"In her short parliamentary career, Jo lit up Westminster with her desire to fight for a fairer Britain and bring about real change in this country".

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