Murder plot MP: No-one should be threatened for doing their job

A Lancashire MP who was the target of a far-right murder plot says no politician should be threatened for doing their job.

Friday, 17th May 2019, 12:45 pm
Updated Friday, 17th May 2019, 1:45 pm
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper

MP Rosie Cooper said in a statement: "My deepest wish is that this case is the last occasion when any public servant, any politician, has their life threatened for simply doing their job.

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"I wish to thank Robbie Mullen whose bravery saved my life, the Parliamentary Authorities including the Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team, the Police - Lancashire and Merseyside Forces and the North West Counter Terrorism unit for keeping me safe. Thanks also to my family, friends and constituents for all their kindness, hard work and support over the last two years.

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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper

Sentencing Renshaw, Mrs Justice McGowan said: "Your perverted view of history and current politics has caused you to believe it right to demonise groups simply because they are different from you."

The judge also commended MP Rosie Cooper and police officer Victoria Henderson.

Far-right extremist Jack Renshaw

"The dignity and bravery they have demonstrated show the true public spirit and public interest that motivated their work," she said.

Renshaw raised his arm in an apparent Nazi salute as a supporter in the public gallery shouted "we're with you Jack" while he was led to the cells.

Jenny Hopkins, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "A crime of this type against anyone is a serious matter but when our MPs are targeted it is also an attack on the democratic process and public service.

"Jack Renshaw was prepared to act on his white supremacist world view and plotted to kill a Member of Parliament - a plan reminiscent of the abhorrent murder of Jo Cox MP.

"He also made threats against a police officer and his prison sentence reflects the seriousness of the offences."