**Jo Cox murder suspect ‘told police he was political activist’
The man charged with murdering the Labour MP Jo Cox gave his name as “death to traitors, freedom for Britain” during his first court appearance, where it emerged he allegedly claimed to be a “political activist” during his arrest.**
Thomas Mair, 52, from Birstall, West Yorkshire, appeared on Saturday at Westminster magistrates court in London where he was formally charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.
Asked to confirm his name, Mair told the court: “My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain.” The judge subsequently asked the defendant’s lawyers to confirm that his name was Thomas Mair, which they did.
The prosecution told the court that Mair told police he was “a political activist” as he was being arrested moments after the fatal attack. This assertion was repeated in a summary of crime released by the prosecution
**Mair allegedly said “this is for Britain” and “keep Britain independent” as he stabbed and shot the MP for Batley and Spen, prosecutors said both in court and in their printed outline of the case. **
Police searching Mair’s property found newspaper articles related to Cox, as well as far-right and white supremacist literature, they claimed…
**According to the prosecution’s summary, Mair said a variation of “Britain first”, “Keep Britain independent”, “Britain always comes first”, and “This is for Britain” as he launched the attack on Cox, who was killed on the way to her constituency surgery in Birstall on Thursday.
The court was told that officers said the accused was then heard to say “It’s me” when confronted by police. He was tackled to the ground, handcuffed and searched. During his arrest, Mair allegedly also stated: “I’m a political activist”, and confirmed his name, Cawthorne said**.
The defendant’s house was searched in the ensuing investigation, the summary stated. Newspaper articles relating to Cox and ideological material relating to extreme rightwing and white supremacist organisations and individuals were recovered from the property, it said.