Jo Cox: Alleged killer Thomas Mair refuses to enter plea

Jo Cox: Alleged killer Thomas Mair to enter pleas in court

Jo Cox was killed outside her constituency

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The man accused of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox in June has refused to enter a plea at the start of his trial.

The judge recorded a plea of not guilty after Thomas Mair stayed silent when asked to plead.

Mair, 53, allegedly shot and stabbed the MP for Batley and Spen in Birstall near Leeds, outside her constituency surgery. He is charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

Mair's case is being treated under the "terrorism protocol". He is appearing via video link at the Old Bailey before senior judge Mr Justice Wilkie.

A provisional four-week trial date has already been fixed for November 14.

At the time of her death, Jo Cox was described by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as "one of our very best". She left behind a husband, Brendan, and two young children.