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Man charged with murder of MP Jo Cox gives name as "Freedom for Britain"

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By Euronews
Man charged with murder of MP Jo Cox gives name as "Freedom for Britain"

Thomas Mair, the man charged with the murder of British MP Jo Cox, appeared in court in London on Saturday.

Asked to identify himself at the hearing, the 52-year-old said his name was “death to traitors, freedom for Britain”.

Wearing grey sports clothing and flanked by two security guards, Mair was also charged with causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a firearm and another offensive weapon.

Jo Cox, a pro-European member of the opposition Labour Party, was shot and stabbed in the street in her northern constituency on Thursday.

The killing in Birstall, Yorkshire, has shocked the nation, uniting politicians and leading to the suspension of hostilities in what had become increasingly bitter campaigning ahead of the June 23 referendum on Britain’s EU membership.

Paying his tribute to Cox, Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan described her as an “amazing person, a brilliant politician,a great campaigner, a decent human being, a three dimensional person, full of life who just loved being an MP in parliament”.

Mair was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Monday.

That is the day Britain’s parliament will be recalled to allow colleagues to pay tribute to Jo Cox.

Many have already done so outside the Houses of Parliament, where floral tributes have been laid in abundance as well-wishes gather to honour her memory.

Jo Cox leaves behind a husband and two young children.