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Murdered MP Jo Cox "had it coming" claims white supremacist group ex-member filmed in undercover sting

Mirror logo Mirror 20/03/2017 Sophie Evans
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Murdered Labour MP Jo Cox deserved to die, a former member of a banned white supremacist group has suggested.

Prominent National Action activist Garron Helm was secretly filmed claiming the 41-year-old mum-of-two "did have it coming".

In the footage, the 23-year-old tells an undercover ITV reporter that police used Mrs Cox's death to pursue National Action.

He says: "It was after that camp we did last year that they really came down on us, and then Jo Cox got murdered didn’t she?

"So they just used that as a f***ing excuse to come after us. It’s not our fault she was killed, I mean, she did have it coming.”

Mrs Cox was shot and stabbed to death outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on June 16 last year.

Far-right extremist Thomas Mair is now behind bars for life after being found guilty of the politician's murder.

A court heard how the Nazi fanatic, 53, repeatedly shouted "Britain First" as he ambushed Mrs Cox outside her surgery.

National Action celebrated the Batley and Spen MP's killing before it was banned by the Home Office last December.

It is now a terrorist offense for the organisation to exist.

Helm, from Liverpool, was jailed in October 2014 after tweeting "vile" anti-Semitic abuse to Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger.

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He was filmed discussing Mrs Cox's murder (as well as his tweet to Ms Berger) as part of an ITV News investigation into National Action.

He reportedly discussed the high-profile killing within just an hour of arriving at a weekend "survival camp" in the Peak District.

The event was attended by "a number of people with links to National Action and other far right sympathisers".

It apparently involved sessions on how to react to a knife attack - as well as ones on boxing and street fighting.

Meanwhile, speeches were given on creating a “organised white society”.

Following on from his comments about Mrs Cox's killing, Helm told the undercover reporter: "You see a lot of the lads are bitter over it.

"I mean some of the areas they are growing up in are so rough and so infested with you know, ethnics, that they’ve literally got no tolerance for people anymore they believe to be committing treason.”

After Mrs Cox's death, National Action took on her murderer's sickening words - "death to traitors" - as its motto.

Helm added: “I do think if you’re committing an act of treason against,

you know, your own ethnic group then by right you should be put to death.”

His comments came more than two years after he was jailed for four weeks for sending an anti-Semitic tweet to Ms Berger.

The post showed a Nazi-style yellow star superimposed on the MP's face, accompanied by the words "#Hitler was right".

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Helm apparently discussed the incident while "talking to people at the camp".

“I had that argument with that Luciana Berger on Twitter and I just

actually said you’re just a Jew," he said.

During the event, organiser, and former BNP member, Larry Nunn, "called for far right groups to unite and rise up together".

ITV News also filmed National Action meetings at two other Far Right events as part of its four-month investigation.

For more details on the investigation, click here.

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