Thomas Mair jailed for 'terrorist' murder of MP Jo Cox

Far right fanatic Thomas Mair has been handed a whole life term for murdering the Labour MP in what prosecutors called an "act of terrorism".

Mrs Cox was stabbed 15 times and shot outside her constituency office in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

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Thomas Mair's mother: I never saw any of this coming

Jo Cox (left) was murdered by Thomas Mair (right) in Birstall, West Yorkshire in June.

The mother of Jo Cox's killer Thomas Mair has spoken of her horror at the MP's murder and her son's conviction.

Mary Goodall, from Birstall, told ITV News she had been shocked by what happened.

She said: "It's a sad day. It's a sad, sad thing from beginning to end.

"I never saw any of this coming."


Jo Cox's husband says her murder was a 'terrorist' act

The husband of Jo Cox MP said that her killer has committed an act of "terrorism" which had backfired to unite the country in grief.

Brendan Cox said he had seen Britain at its "compassionate, courageous and kind" best in response to the killing carried out by Thomas Mair.

The killing of Jo was a political act, an act of terrorism. But in the history of such acts it was perhaps the most incompetent and self-defeating.

An act driven by hatred which instead has created an outpouring of love.

An act designed to drive communities apart which has instead brought them together.

An act designed to silence a voice which instead has allowed millions of others to hear it.

– Brendan Cox


Sister of Jo Cox: We will respond to hatred with love

The sister of slain MP Jo Cox has said the family will not be beaten by her murder and are determined to respond to the hatred of her killing with strength and love.

Kim Leadbeater said the family were still processing their grief but were "stronger and more united than ever" in a statement after Mrs Cox's killer Thomas Mair was given a whole life term for the murder.

She vowed they would continue to champion to values that the MP represented, which she described as "compassion, tolerance, acceptance, understanding and a determination to continue to fight for what is right."

I for one will not be beaten by what has happened, and I know I am not alone. It is the last thing my sister would want and it is not who I am.

I will channel my energy into ensuring that Jo's legacy continues.

And as a family we will respond with strength, love positivity and enthusiasm - strength and love for each other and positivity and enthusiasm for the causes principles Jo believed in.

– Kim Leadbeater
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