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Jo Cox accused expressed anger over loyalists' murders

Jo Cox was the Labour MP for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire
John Monaghan

THE man accused of the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox wrote letters to a pro-apartheid magazine bemoaning the killings of two prominent loyalists.

The letters, penned by Thomas Mair, appeared in the South African Patriot in Exile publication in 1991 and refer to the murders of controversial unionist politician George Seawright and UDA leader John McMichael, who were both killed in 1987 by republican paramilitaries.

The two letters were uncovered by the Southern Poverty Law Centre in the United States.

During his first court appearance at the Old Bailey last week 52 year-old Mr Mair, who denies murdering the MP, gave his name as "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain"

In the 1991 letter, signed by Thomas Mair from Batley, he complains about media coverage of events in South Africa, which he claims "never fails to present whites in the worst possible light."

He adds: "The nationalist movement in the UK also continues to fight on against the odds.

"The murders of George Seawright and John McMichael in Ulster are an extreme example of what we are up against."

Mr Mair concludes: "Despite everything I still have faith that the White Race will prevail, both in Britain and South Africa, but I fear that it's going to be a very long and very bloody struggle."

Mrs Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, died after being shot and stabbed in the street outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, last Thursday.

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