I helped stop a far-right terror plot. Are UK police ready for the next one?

Guardian | Matthew Collins

Robbie Mullen joined the neo-Nazi group National Action in 2015. He’d been impressed by what he had seen of it in the media. He was angry at the world. And he was in search of friends. But he contacted the organisation I work for, Hope not Hate, in April 2017 when he realised that National Action was turning to terrorism. He came to us because, unlike the authorities, we’d never stopped going after the group after it was banned by the home secretary in December 2016.

‘Jack Renshaw had attended a meeting in the Warrington pub to declare his intention to murder his local MP.’ Photograph: BBC
‘Jack Renshaw had attended a meeting in the Warrington pub to declare his intention to murder his local MP.’ Photograph: BBC

Robbie’s story – of how he came to be a member of National Action, how he foiled Jack Renshaw’s plot to murder an MP, and how he has been treated by the authorities – can tell us so much about the threat posed by the far right today.

In March 2017, three months after the group was banned because it had publicly venerated the killer of Jo Cox MP, we exposed National Action’s efforts to regroup and reform under new names but with even more violent intent. It was one of the sparks that prompted Robbie to send us an email out of the blue offering some nuggets of information.

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