Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is encouraging communities in Wolverhampton to take part in ‘The Great Get Together.’ The initiative will involve thousands of communities up and down the country organising get-togethers such as street parties. These will be held in memory of Jo Cox, the Labour MP who was murdered last year. Events will take place on the weekend of 17 and 18 of June.

The Jo Cox Foundation and The Big Lunch along with dozens of other community groups have come together to organise the initiative, which could be the biggest event of its kind since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It is being supported by Brendan Cox, Jo’s husband, the Duchess of Cornwall and figures such as Jamie Oliver.

Emma said: “I strongly support the Jo Cox’s Foundation’s excellent idea, ‘The Great Get Together.’ In her maiden speech in Parliament, my friend and colleague Jo made the important point that what unites us is more important than what divides us. I hope that churches, gurdwaras, other religious groups and community organisations in Wolverhampton will all get involved and organise their own community street parties.

“The Great Get Together is not supposed to be about politics, instead it is an excellent opportunity to come together, meet new people, make new friends. It will be a wonderful community celebration.

“I am really proud that here in Wolverhampton, different religions and ethnicities already come together regularly to celebrate and share our festivals and cultures. The Great Get Together is an opportunity to build on these excellent community relations. I encourage everyone to take part.“

April 2017