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National Action member admits plot to murder Labour MP, court hears

BANNED neonazi group National Action member Jack Renshaw plotted to murder an MP for “white jihad,” a court heard today.

Mr Renshaw of Skelmersdale, Lancashire, bought a 19-inch Gladius machete to kill Labour’s Rosie Cooper last summer.

He planned to take hostages afterwards to lure a police officer to the scene so that he could kill her too, jurors heard.

He was given the blessing of National Action leader Christopher Lythgoe who allegedly told him at a meeting in a Warrington pub: “Don’t fuck it up,” the Old Bailey heard.

The murderous scheme was foiled by disenchanted former National Action member Robbie Mullen, who reported the threat to anti-fascist campaign Hope Not Hate, jurors were told.

On the opening day of his trial, Mr Renshaw pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism as well as making a threat to kill Detective Constable Victoria Henderson.

But he denies being a member of National Action, along with Mr Lythgoe and four other men.

Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC told jurors: “It is important to recognise from the outset that these defendants are not being prosecuted for their racist or neonazi beliefs, however repulsive they may be, but for their participation in a banned organisation that sought actively through fear, intimidation and the threat of violence, rather than through free speech and democracy, to shape society.”

Mr Lythgoe, from Warrington, denies giving Mr Renshaw permission to murder the West Lancashire MP on behalf of National Action on July 1 last year.

The pair, along with Garron Helm of Seaforth, Merseyside, Matthew Hankinson of Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, Andrew Clarke and Michal Trubini, both of Warrington, also deny membership of the banned far-right group.

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