Man charged over UK MP's killing

  • 18/06/2016
A vigil for Jo Cox at George Square, Glasgow (AAP)
A vigil for Jo Cox at George Square, Glasgow (AAP)

British police say a man has been charged with the murder of MP Jo Cox.

Thomas Mair, a 52-year-old from West Yorkshire, is accused of shooting and stabbing the 41-year-old Labour MP outside her home her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday (local time).

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

Neo-Nazi literature has been found at Mair's home, police say, adding his apparent links to far-right groups would form a "priority line of inquiry".

Police have also confirmed the MP was the victim of a "targeted" killing, and say detectives are probing the suspects links to mental heath services.

A 77-year-old man remains hospitalised in a stable condition after he "bravely intervened" in the attack to help the mother of two, say police.

Vigils were held across the UK on Friday evening with politicians and members of the public gathering to lay flowers and light candles in honour of Ms Cox.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the whole nation was "rightly shocked" at Ms Cox's death and called for people to "value, and see as precious, the democracy we have on these islands".

Politics is about public service and MPs want to "make the world a better place", he said.