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Parties to pause campaign to visit community projects in mark of respect to Labour MP murdered last year

The leaders of all the main political parties will stop campaigning for an hour on Sunday in memory of Jo Cox, the Labour MP murdered in her Yorkshire constituency a year ago.

Party leaders will halt political activity and instead visit community projects. The parties have asked all their candidates to do the same.

Jeremy Corbyn is due to visit a project in Liverpool, while Tim Farron will take part in a picnic in Kendal. The one-hour pause will be at a time of each candidate’s choosing.

In Jo Cox’s former constituency of Batley and Spen, the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green candidates will attend a farmers’ event to raise money for a baby care unit. Before she became an MP, Cox worked in the charity and aid sectors.

Her widower, Brendan Cox, said that the break would send a positive signal. “Doing so in such a coordinated way will, we hope, send a powerful message that, whatever our political disagreements, we really do hold more in common and show a united front against hatred and extremism. in all its forms.”

After polling day, tens of thousands of community get-togethers are being held all over the country on 16, 17 and 18 June to mark the first anniversary of Cox’s death.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/20/election-campaigning-halt-memory-jo-cox-labour-tribute?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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