Tommy Mair: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A prominent British politician was shot and stabbed after she had conducted meetings with members of her constituency. Labour party MP Jo Cox was shot three times and stabbed at a library in the town of Birstall. The attack happened on the afternoon of June 16. Cox later died of her injuries. She was 41 years old.

Shortly afterwards, Tommy Mair, 52, was arrested by armed police. Cox’s Labour party colleague Maria Eagle tweeted that the attacker shouted “Britain First” before shooting. A possible reference to a far-right political party dedicated to getting the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union.

Cox was the member of parliament for Batley and Spen since 2015. She was also a campaigner Remain campaign in the upcoming referendum in the United Kingdom surrounding membership of the European Union.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Neighbors Described Mair as ‘a Loner’

Another man suffered minor injuries in the attack, reports the Guardian. Mair was arrested along Market Street in Birstall, according to West Yorkshire Police. The newspaper says that the other victim was a 77-year-old man. In a press conference announcing Cox’s death, a police spokesman refused to speculate on a motive.

The Press Association reports that neighbors have referred to Mair as a “loner.” Another neighbor, Kathleen Cooke, 62, told the Daily Telegraph:

I am really shocked. He walked past my house this morning and said hello like he always does. He was wearing a grey T-shirt and his white baseball cap like he always does and he was carrying a small rucksack. He is just a quiet bloke who keeps himself to himself.

He is very helpful and he helps local people with their gardens. There is one neighbour who is a bit frail and he keeps her garden tidy. He has helped me cut my hedge a couple of times.

He has lived here for 40 years and has never been in any trouble and has never caused any trouble. He sometimes used to shout at the local kids if they played too near his house but that is fairly normal.

I don’t think he belonged to any political party and I never heard him express any views about Europe or anything like that. To us, he was just Tommy, a local bloke we all knew.

While another man who knows Mair, David Pickles, told the Telegraph, “I know he spent a lot of time in the library in town and liked to go on the computers there – I don’t know what he was looking up.” A friend of Mair’s mother, Mary, told the Guardian that Mair “practically lived in the library. He was obsessed with books. His house is full of them.” She added that the suspect last visited his mother the day before the shooting and that the attack was “totally out of character.”

A man who said he’s known Mair for years, Nick Gannon, told the Guardian:

It’s shocking. He were a quiet guy, you would not think it of him. He would cut elderly people’s grass voluntarily. There were no reason to think he would be capable of something like this.

He was friendly. If you said hello to him, he would say hello back. He was not aggressive or anything. He wasn’t frightening.

Mair was a native of Kilmarnock in Scotland and never held full-time employment, reports the Daily Telegraph. His brother, Scott, told the newspaper, “I am struggling to believe what has happened. My brother is not violent and is not all that political. I don’t even know who he votes for. He has a history of mental illness, but he has had help.”

2. He Once Said That Working at a Local Park Was Better Than ‘All the Psychotherapy & Medication in the World’

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Mair was quoted in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner in May 2010 in a story dealing with workers at a local park. The piece says he got the job after being referred by a local clinic for adults with mental health problems. He told the newspaper at the time:

I can honestly say it has done me more good than all the psychotherapy and medication in the world. Many people who suffer from mental illness are socially isolated and disconnected from society, feelings of worthlessness are also common mainly caused by long-term unemployment.

All these problems are alleviated by doing voluntary work. Getting out of the house and meeting new people is a good thing, but more important in my view is doing physically demanding and useful labour.

When you have finished there is a feeling of achievement which is emotionally rewarding and psychologically fulfilling. For people for whom full-time, paid employment is not possible for a variety of reasons, voluntary work offers a socially positive and therapeutic alternative.

Although the Batley News, in reporting the same story at the time as the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, says that Mair used the word “physiotherapy” not “psychotherapy.”

In a blog post at the far right Springbok Cyber Newsletter’s website, Mair is described as “one of the earliest subscribers and supporters of “S.A. Patriot.” On the magazine’s website, it’s described as being pro-free market capitalism and patriotism and anti-political correctness and “expansionist Islam.”

3. One Witness Said the Gun ‘Looked Homemade’

A witness, cafe owner Clarke Rothwell, told the BBC that he heard a “loud popping noise that sounded like a balloon burst – a loud balloon.” He added:

When I looked round there’s a man stood there in his 50s with a white baseball cap on and a jacket with a gun, an old fashioned looking gun in his hand.

He shot this lady once and then he shot her again, he fell to the floor, leant over shot her once more in the face area.

Somebody tried to grab him, wrestling with him and then he wielded a knife, like a hunting knife, just started lunging at her with a knife half a dozen times. People were screaming and running from the area.

While another witness, Hithem Ben Abdallah, described the gun as “handmade” to the BBC. He also said, “The man stepped back with the gun and fired it and then he fired a second shot, as he was firing he was looking down at the ground. He was kicking her as she was lying on the floor.”

4. Mair’s Half-Brother Is Mixed-Race

Jo Cox Murder Scene


The Guardian reports that Mair has two brothers, Scott, and a half-brother, Duane St. Louis. The newspaper says that Mair’s mother, Mary, had a second marriage to a man named Reginald St. Louis. Duane St. Louis said that Mair had never been in trouble with the law and that the two had never had arguments over politics. St. Louis did say that the pair’s other brother, Scott, has been in jail for “half his life.”

5. Cox’s Husband Brendan Is an Advisor to Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

On her Twitter page, Cox described herself as:

Mum. Proud Yorkshire Lass. Labour MP for Batley & Spen. Boat dweller. Mountain climber. Former aid worker.

Cox told the Yorkshire Post in December 2015 that she lived in a houseboat that’s moored by Tower Bridge. She bikes to work. Cox was married with two children, Lejla and Cuillin. Her husband, Brendan, is prominent in the Remain campaign and is an advisor to former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

In a Sky News profile, Cox wass described as being the former Head of Policy at Oxfam International.

In the initial aftermath of the attack, Deputy Leader of Britain First Jayda Fransen said that the reports of “Britain First” being shouted were “hearsay.” Fransen was speaking to the London Broadcasting Corporation when she said, “We are not hearing anything from within our organisation. We are as shocked as anyone.” She added, “An attack on an MP is an attack on democracy and we condemn the attack on Jo Cox.”

The Independent reported in May 2016 that Britain First had threatened “direct action” against London Mayor Sadiq Khan. During Khan’s confirmation, Britain First candidate Paul Golding, turned his back on Khan.


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Shit job of a shit article, Paul.

You know full well that Britain First aren’t ‘dedicated to getting the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union’, but are against immigration – Muslim immigration in particular.

State of you, using someone’s death to peddle utter bollocks AND giving the alleged a very public profile.


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Omg. How disgusting.

Ruthless doesn’t come close. You’ve used the death of an mp which is nothing more than a side issue in this article to push a EU Agenda. Shame on you. I’ve seen everything I need to see of the remaign campaign now. This has finally helped me make my mind up.

I can’t believe this…I’m gobsmacked. This is very concerning….there is a lot of info here in a matter of hrs. Like magazines and sites he subscribed to. Tiny snippets of info that I imagine you’d have to know was there.


whose an apologist? for who?

my comment was about the media exploiting this poor ladies death for political capital.


I am very concerned about how you could know all this info and have it published nearly an hr before news of the attack was released. 1pm news broke yet you published this article at 12.06.


EDT eastern standard time in america ….. look at the time stamp at the top of the page … very carefully


for the paranoid amongst you it clearly states Published 12:06 pm EDT, June 16, 2016, EDT is Eastern Day Light Time so thats about 4pm in British Summer Time.

Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells

Why can you not use BRITISH time instead of all these foreign time zones? :-(


You are looking for reasons to justify your dodgy principles. Look in to your soul.


Britain First are currently campaigning against the EU but that’s not their primary purpose. They are racist, islamaphobic hate mongers with links to northern Irish hard line Protestants who are shitting their pants that this was done in their name. Maybe instead of denials they should apologise on behalf of all the deluded little Englanders they have influenced with their vile rhetoric as they seem to expect every Muslim to on behalf of DAESH.


Grow-up, you left-wing globalist turd. Why should people who are NOT responsible for this murder apologise for something they have NOT done? If you are looking for a guilty party in all of this I suggest you take a look at our unelected prick of a PM who ORDERED her assasination as his increasingly desperate campaign to keep us in the cesspit of the EU is so obviously failing with is lurid and pathetic scare stories of what will happen should we plebs vote for British independence on Thursday!

Alan Haywood

Jonthesupernutcase, you forgot a few superlatives, Nazi, xenophobic, homophobic, intolerant bigoted fascists..any more you’d like to throw in. THAT sir, is the sound of a complete Empty vessel sounding off. A totally confused Bigot yourself of monumental proportionsjudging by that drivel The remainers have despicably used this tragic event to make political gain..of that there is absolutely no doubt, and it has most certainly influenced the way in which I will vote.

Black KKK

another psyco white with murder and fury in his heart your all the same and you all discust me!!!


Information paints this individual as the village idiot. The popular trend was showing strong support to exit the EU, why would nationalists sabotage their own momentum


No-one is suggesting this is an organised nationalist attack. The point is the fascist fraternity create an diaspora of viciousness and they do this in full knowledge of what can happen. Why would you try to deflect attention from this nastiness?


That is right, and Thomas Mair was an intelligent, even eloquent man, who would have been able to see the likely outcome of an attack of this kind. Who really had a motive? The financial world, the banks, (all indicators rallied immediately) and they might not mind being rid of an enthusiastic petite Labour, woman, the pocket rocket, despite the long visages and grief they were parading.

Matty Quinn

its such a shame of a life cut short and a familys pain god bless, mental health is something i dont know about but why was he not in hospital ,,

Matty Quinn



Give respect to this family and do not try to obscure the true nature of this crime.


What is the true nature of this crime? Murder was never even proven to the court, the trial was a farce set up simply to have Mair found guilty plastered everywhere, no attempt at finding the truth was made. The investigation and the trial are part of the crime.


In what way is number 5 a fact about Mair. hers’ number 5 for you. Mair is a terrorist who committed an act of treason in the name of Britain First.

Muhd Rafiq Abdullah

Like to know more about Tommy Mair….his therapist if he had one?……medication if he had any ?….computer activities if recorded on library system.?….the little that is known the man was unstable……possibly vulnerable to suggestion?

Mark B

Oh my word, Paul Farrell eh? I’m shocked how anyone could so willingly put their name to this piece. WOW!! Everyone will will remember your name, for all the wrong reasons.


It realy digusting that there is a muslim mayor of london what a disgrace

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At the risk of being slammed for this comment, I am finding it very difficult to believe that Mr. Mair is responsible for the assassination of Jo Cox MP. Something is just not right here and people are rushing to judgement.

Who would want Britain first put in the frame as they have no connections to the Leave Campaign?
Why is the politically charged word ‘hate’ being used at such an early stage in the various comments and tributes to Jo Cox?
Why was the tweet that drew attention to the alleged shout of ‘Britain First’ deleted almost immediately after it was tweeted?
Why did the Eurocrat send his politically biased message of condolence so early in the day?
Why did the BBC in their 10pm News broadcast exclusively lead with this man Clarke Rothwell as one who definitely heard Britain First?
Even before the BBC, why was Channel 4 News and Sky News itching to report the alleged ‘Britain First’ comment?
Why did Hillary Clinton call this assassination “a violent act of political intolerance” Where did Hillary Clinton get her information from?
It would be fair to investigate the possibility of malice aforethought being played out before our eyes by the establishment, but one thing we can be sure of; there may even be an Islamic hand at work. What we must all ensure that the ‘spin’ and subliminal messages being sent out over the airwaves and in the media does not interfere with the message of Leave Campaign, as clearly and ultimately, this is what it is intended or even perhaps designed to do.

Let’s not condemn this man until we know what the real agenda is, as this man seems incapable of commiting such an horrific and heinous crime.


Nasty little conspiracy theorist when the only conspiracy is the little cabal of fascist minds who dream up a crock of lies.


Another who hasn’t the faintest idea of what is fascism. To people like you sir, it is merely a word which in your own mind conjures up feelings o hatred and goose stepping hordes. Ad hominem never won an argument, but because you don’t have one, this is what you resort to. Ever heard the to keep your mouth shut lest people think you’re an idiot, rather than open it and put it beyond doubt.


Shame she wanted to see the UK full of muslims before long. Now she won´t.

Franco Aventine

American here… All I can say is I thought the American political forum was far worse than in the England, we all have this view I suppose that the English are “reserved”, but its not much different at all is it? I have read a few things reported by your Press on the internet and its as bad as trying to get honest information from the American Press. Actually this article here seemed the most credible of them all, even if it is just general information.

Anyway… I don’t know what you are going to do with Brexit, but as an American, I can honestly say I do not understand how anyone in Britain would want to continue to lose more and more of their national sovereignty, their local economy, their history and culture and their streets to this EU arraignment that has done damage to all those things and flooded your streets with muslims, who a number of times a day, literally commandeer your streets, bend over and stick their asses in your face? I am sure the Remain campaign tells everyone that its not like that at all, that your Nation is actually better off in the Union, and if you do not want to change your culture and the flavor of your society to accommodate hundreds of thousands of people from a completely different civilization whose goal over centuries is to take over you land and claim it for Islam, then you’re a racist, even though Islam is not a race, but what does the truth matter in politics anyway.

Well, I am sure this ‘issue” will reach the same climax in the United State in the years to come if you all remain in the EU and sets the stage for the flood of muslims to overflow into America, which it will for sure, because the American Democrat party politicians will sell the nations soul for another large voting block they can control. And they are masters at propagandizing the masses through the education system and media until they get enough useful idiots to follow them like sheep.

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