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Brendan Cox to deliver C4's alternative Christmas message

The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox will deliver this year's alternative Christmas message - in which he calls for an end to the "rise of hatred".

Brendan Cox will pay tribute to his wife and touch on the "awful year for our family" in today's Channel 4.

Murdered Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox

But he will also tell viewers that now is the "moment to reach out to somebody that might disagree with us".

Mrs Cox was shot and stabbed to death by neo-Nazi Thomas Mair in her Batley and Spen constituency days before June's EU referendum.

The 41-year-old, the mother of two young children, was an outspoken critic of strategic policy in Syria and a humanitarian who campaigned for women's rights around the world.

Her husband of seven years recorded the tribute on the converted Dutch barge which the family called home.

In the message, which is traditionally billed as an alternative to the Queen's annual Christmas Day address, Mr Cox will say:

"Jo loved Christmas, the games, the traditions, the coming together of friends and family and above all the excitement of our kids.

"This year we'll try to remember how lucky we were to have Jo in our lives for so long - and not how unlucky we were to have her taken from us.

"2016 has been an awful year for our family, and it's been a divisive one for the wider world.

"Fascism, xenophobia, extremism and terrorism has made the world divided and feel threatened and these trends could threaten the fundamental freedoms, and democracy that our grandparents fought for".

– Brendan Cox
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