'This is for Britain' said kill accused

British Labour MP Jo Cox was brutally killed in the street outside her electoral office.
British Labour MP Jo Cox was brutally killed in the street outside her electoral office. YUI MOK / PA

THE man on trial over the murder of British MP Jo Cox in June said "this is for Britain” during an attack motivated by politics or ideology, the jury has been told.

Ms Cox campaigned for Remain - aiming to keep Britain in the EU.

Thomas Mair, 53, is charged with murdering Ms Cox a week before the vote on EU membership.

Ms Cox was 41 and had two young children. She was shot and stabbed in Birstall, in her electorate in northern England, as she arrived for a session with locals.

Mair was arrested nearby shortly after the killing.

He said "it's me” and des- cribed himself to police as a political activist, prosecutor Richard Whittam told London's Old Bailey court.

Police later found publications at his home about white supremacists, Nazi Germany, shootings and assassinations. He had researched Ms Cox, the Ku Klux Klan and the Waffen SS just before the killing.

"Thomas Mair clearly held views that provided him with a motive, utterly misplaced of course, to kill. He killed her because she was an MP who did not share his views,” Mr Whittam said.

The case is being treated as a terrorism matter.

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