• Christopher Lythgoe, from Warrington, was arrested as part of probe on group
  • It emerged this afternoon that the alleged target was Labour MP Rosie Cooper
  • Lythgoe one of six men who have been accused of National Action membership
  • The defendants are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow 

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It emerged this afternoon that the alleged target was West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper

It emerged this afternoon that the alleged target was West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper

It emerged this afternoon that the alleged target was West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper

A leader of the banned neo-Nazi terror group National Action has been charged with encouragement to commit murder of a Labour MP.

Christopher Lythgoe, 31, from Warrington, was arrested as part of a major police operation targeting the banned British far-right group.

It emerged this afternoon that the alleged target was West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper.

Greater Manchester Police today revealed he has also been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation. 

Ms Cooper, from Liverpool, who has been an MP since 2005, said: ‘I would like to thank everyone involved in this case, especially the counter-terrorism police, for keeping me, my staff and the public safe. 

‘There remains an ongoing criminal investigation so it would not be appropriate for me to comment further.’

Also accused of National Action membership are Garron Helm, of Seaforth, Matthew Hankinson, of Newton-Le-Willows, Andrew Clarke, of Paddington and Michal Trubini, of Warrington.

A 22-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with membership of National Action as well as the intention of committing acts of terrorism and threats to kill.

Last month, counter-terrorism officers carried out a number of raids across England and Wales as part of the investigation. 

The defendants are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘A group of men have been charged as part of a national investigation into the group National Action.

‘On Wednesday September 27 as part of co-ordinated activity, officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East and North West, supported by Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit and Wiltshire Police, executed a number of warrants and searched properties across England and Wales.’

A leader of the banned neo-Nazi terror group National Action has been charged with encouragement to commit murder (file photo of National Action's demonstration in Bolton on November 26, 2016) 

A leader of the banned neo-Nazi terror group National Action has been charged with encouragement to commit murder (file photo of National Action's demonstration in Bolton on November 26, 2016) 

A leader of the banned neo-Nazi terror group National Action has been charged with encouragement to commit murder (file photo of National Action’s demonstration in Bolton on November 26, 2016) 

The defendants are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates¿ Court tomorrow (file photo of a National Action rally in Newcastle in 2015)

The defendants are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates¿ Court tomorrow (file photo of a National Action rally in Newcastle in 2015)

The defendants are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (file photo of a National Action rally in Newcastle in 2015)

All of the defendants are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

National Action became the first extreme right-wing group to be banned under terrorism laws in December 2016.

The proscription means that being a member of or inviting support for the organisation is a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment. 

Last month, counter-terrorism officers carried out a number of raids (pictured, police outside an address in Warrington) across England and Wales as part of the investigation

Last month, counter-terrorism officers carried out a number of raids (pictured, police outside an address in Warrington) across England and Wales as part of the investigation

Last month, counter-terrorism officers carried out a number of raids (pictured, police outside an address in Warrington) across England and Wales as part of the investigation

Ms Cooper entered politics, aged 22, when she was elected as a Liberal councillor in 1973.

She went on to become the Mayor of Liverpool in 1992, before stepping down from the city council in 200.

In August 2013, she became one of the few Labour MPs to vote against same-sex marriage, which eventually passed with cross party support. 

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