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Hundreds remember Jo Cox at Ramadan meal in Batley

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Image caption Crowds gathered in Batley as the sun set on Saturday

Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the end of the daily Ramadan fast and remember Jo Cox.

Friends and family of Mrs Cox were among those at the second Big Iftar event held in Batley, West Yorkshire, on Saturday night, where she was MP.

The first was staged in 2017, a year after she was shot and stabbed during the EU referendum campaign.

Her sister Kim Leadbeater, who spoke at Saturday's gathering, said "Jo was all about bringing people together".

The event took place at sunset in the Memorial Gardens and Market Square in Batley.

Molana Irfan, one of the organisers, said: "We are living in a time where there is some hate around, therefore it is very important that we as human beings remain together and care for one another."

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Image caption Mrs Cox was MP for Batley and Spen from 2015 until her murder the following year

The Reverend Mark Umpleby said: "We had an amazing evening last night under the stars."

In her first speech to Parliament on 3 June 2015, Ms Cox said: "We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divides us."

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Image caption The second annual Big Iftar was staged in the Memorial Gardens and Market Square
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Image caption People of all faiths or none were welcome to join in the breaking of the fast and share the food provided

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