The jury has been sworn in for Jo Cox's murder trial

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A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a man accused of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Thomas Mair allegedly shot and stabbed the 41-year-old outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, on June 16.

Thomas Mair.
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Mair, from Birstall, is charged with Mrs Cox's murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon. He is also charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Bernard Carter-Kenny on the same date.

He denies all charges against him.

Eight men and four women were sworn in at the Old Bailey to hear the case. Trial judge Justice Wilkie told them that the prosecution would outline the case at 2pm.

Old Bailey
(Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

He warned jurors not to do any research on the internet and only discuss the case when they were all together. He also asked them to avoid watching or reading anything about the case which had already attracted considerable publicity.

The trial is expected to last for up to three weeks.