Jo Cox accused gives name as 'Death to traitors, freedom for Britain' as he appears in court

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Thomas Mair, centre, at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Thomas Mair, centre, at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Mrs Cox, 41, died after being shot and stabbed in the street outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, on Thursday.

Two police cars and police vans arrive at Westminster Magistrates Court, London, where Thomas Mair was appearing charged with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. Picture by PA

Two police cars and police vans arrive at Westminster Magistrates Court, London, where Thomas Mair was appearing charged with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. Picture by PA

Thomas Mair, 52, from Birstall, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

He gave his name as 'Death to traitors, freedom for Britain.