An alleged “neo-Nazi” bought a machete with the intention of murdering Labour MP Rosie Cooper, a court has heard.
The 22-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was among six alleged members of National Action appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
He has been a “preparing for acts of terrorism” by allegedly buying a “Gladius Machete” – a type of weapon used by Celtic tribes and Roman legions – for the “purpose of murdering” Ms Cooper in July.Stay Connected With Us
The defendant, from Lancashire, is also accused of making threats to kill a female police officer.
National Action’s alleged regional leader, 31-year-old Christopher Lythgoe, is accused of “the encouragement of murder” by approving the alleged plot at a meeting.
He and the 22-year-old are have also been charged with “membership of a terrorist organisation”, alongside Garron Helm, 24, of Seaforth, Matthew Hankinson, 23, of Newton-Le-Willows, Andrew Clarke, 33, of Prescot and Michael Trubini, 25, of Warrington.
The men appeared in the dock on Friday, speaking to confirm their names, dates of birth and ages.
During the hearing, Mr Helm asked: “Am I allowed to speak?” before he was approached by his lawyer.
Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot remanded them in custody before a pre-trial hearing at the Old Bailey on 3 November.