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Neo-Nazi who planned to murder Labour MP jailed for life

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A neo-Nazi who admitted plotting the murder of the Labour MP Rosie Cooper has been sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 20 years.

Jack Renshaw, 23, bought a 48cm (19in) gladius knife to kill the West Lancashire MP and a female police officer against whom he had a grudge.

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The Old Bailey was told Renshaw, from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, had admitted making preparations to kill his local MP in 2017 and making a threat to kill Detective Constable Victoria Henderson, who was investigating him.

The judge, Mrs Justice McGowen, said Renshaw had shown extremist beliefs from a young age and attempted to “damage an entire system of democracy”. She said he was a high risk to the public and a “dangerous offender”.

Of the public servants he threatened, she said they had shown “dignity and bravery. You have not defeated them.”


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The plan was scuppered by Robbie Mullen, who was at a meeting in a pub when Renshaw said he was going to kill Cooper.

McGowen said: “You are young, naive and come from a troubled background. I take that into account … You are an intelligent young man. You are young, but you know full well what you have done.”

McGowen proceeded to set the sentence at life with a minimum term of 20 years to serve.

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