British man admits plotting to kill MP with machete

Reuters | Published: 17:37, Jun 12,2018 | Updated: 17:58, Jun 12,2018


UK Labour MP Rosie Cooper. —AFP file photo

A man accused of being a member of a far-right extremist group admitted on Tuesday buying a machete with the intention of killing an elected member of the British parliament.

Jack Renshaw changed his plea to guilty ahead of the start of a trial at London's Old Bailey court involving himself and five other men accused of being members of the white supremacist neo-Nazi group National Action.

The British government banned the group in 2016 following the murder of Jo Cox, a member of parliament from the opposition Labour Party, in a frenzied street attack by a Nazi-obsessed loner a week before a referendum on European Union membership.

The court heard that Renshaw had bought a machete with the intention of killing Rosie Cooper, another female Labour MP.

Renshaw also admitted a charge of threatening another man with a view to his killing a woman, believing that the murder would take place. In the event, the crime did not happen.


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