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UK MP killer suspect 'backed racists'

dpadpa 16/06/2016

The suspected killer of UK MP Jo Cox had links with white supremacist groups in the US and South Africa, according to reports.

The suspect arrested after the murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox had supported white supremacist groups in the United States and South Africa, reports say.

The US-based Southern Poverty Law Centre said it had documents showing that 52-year-old Tommy Mair had supported the National Alliance (NA), a US neo-Nazi group, and bought a manual from the group in 1999 that "included instructions on how to build a pistol."

The law centre said it had seen invoices showing that Mair sent some $US620 to the NA's publishing arm, National Vanguard Books.

Scottish-born Mair had also supported an online publication of the right-wing extremist Springbok Club, which has defended South Africa's former apartheid regime, British media including The Daily Telegraph and The Independent reported.

The Independent quoted an email sent a decade ago by the Springbok Club's online magazine, the Springbok Cyber Newsletter, describing Mair as "one of the earliest subscribers and supporters of SA Patriot", a magazine published by the South African pro-apartheid group, the White Rhino Club.

Cox's murder prompted Britain's two largest political parties to urge all members of parliament to contact police to review their personal security on Friday.

"The main concern is around public events and surgeries [one-on-one constituent meetings]," James Berry, a Conservative member of parliament, told Sky News.

"The tragedy here is that Jo was brutally murdered after her constituency surgery, trying to do her democratic duty," Berry said.

"That's a big concern for all MPs."

The Times reported that police in Cox's West Yorkshire constituency had reviewed her security in the last three months after she "faced a string of security threats" and received threatening messages. There was no known link between the threats and Mair, the newspaper said.

Cox, 41, was stabbed and shot as she was meeting constituents at a local library in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

The attack came one week before Britain holds an in-out referendum on its EU membership.

Cox supported the Remain side, which, like the rival Leave camp, suspended its campaigning following her murder.

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