As the one-year anniversary of the murder of British MP Jo Cox approaches a number of British TV/movie stars, musicians and athletes have gotten together to support Cox’s memory as part of the Great Get Together event. Among them? Ed Sheeran, who appears in a video to support the event, which aims to get Brits to come out for one of the 100,000 events being organized over the weekend (June 16-18) around the nation to encourage unity.
Sheeran is both lighthearted and somber in his thoughts on what brings citizens of the UK together. His first thought is tasty: fish and chips. His second, though, is more introspective: “the things that unite us as a country are the things that are meant to tear us apart, but they actually make us stronger.”
Cox, a British Labour Party member, was killed on June 16, 2016, after being shot and stabbed multiple times on the street while on her way to a constituent event. Though she held her office for less than a year, Cox quickly gained notice for her passionate argument that the British government should be doing more to help the victims of the Syrian civil war and her feeling that the nation should remain in the EU, a rebuke of the eventual, controversial, Brexit vote.
She was known for urging her fellow citizens to consider the notion that “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”
— David Haye (@mrdavidhaye) June 13, 2017
Among the other stars who appear in the video in support of the Great Get Together are Stephen Fry, Bill Nighy, Helen Mirren and tennis star Andy Murray. “The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June last year,” reads a statement about the event. “We believe there is a groundswell of people who reject divisive politics and simply want to bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us. This is our chance. As the prime minister said, when she remarked on Jo’s death in her New Year’s message: 2017 represents an opportunity to move forward and “bring this country together, as never before”. Jo’s family and friends came up with the initiative, and The Big Lunch have teamed up with us to move their annual celebration. More than one hundred organisations are now supporting us, see our partners page for the full list!”
The massive effort comes in the wake of a series of terror attacks that have rocked the nation, including the May 22 suicide bombing outside of an Ariana Grande show that killed 22 people.