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UK: right-wing extremist Thomas Mair given life term for MP Jo Cox's murder

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By Euronews  with REUTERS
UK: right-wing extremist Thomas Mair given life term for MP Jo Cox's murder

<p>Thomas Mair, a white supremacist, has been found guilty of murdering British MP and mother of two Jo Cox.</p> <p>The 41-year-old Labour politician was shot three times and repeatedly stabbed in her constituency in northern England a week ahead of the UK’s in-out referendum on EU membership.</p> <p>Mair was handed a whole-life sentence and can only be released by the Interior Minister.</p> <p>Old Bailey Judge Justice Wilkie concluded the act was premeditated. Mair is said to have thoroughly researched his intended victim and knew Cox was the mother of young children.</p> <p>The trial heard the 53-year-old shouted “Britain first” and “Keep Britain independent” as he carried out the attack and he told the arresting officers he was a political activist. Cox had campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU. </p> <p>Jurors were asked not to consider his motives, but to decide simply whether or not he was guilty of murder.</p> <p>Cox’s death sent shockwaves around Britain and further afield.</p> <p>A former resident of Brussels, she will be commemorated in the European capital with a public space in her name.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jo Cox's sister Kim Leadbetter: "There may have been one act of cowardice, but there were many acts of bravery" <a href="https://t.co/nqq8xeKUoY">https://t.co/nqq8xeKUoY</a></p>— Sky News (@SkyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/801419855299653632">November 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwestyorkspolfed%2Fposts%2F1149680545069887&width=640" width="640" height="690" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"></iframe>