The EDL goes to Downing Street

EDL yobs in Downing St

Today the English Defence League brought its alcohol-fuelled racist roadshow to London, “to demand the government take firm action urgently about the many Islamic threats to this country, its people, its culture, its heritage and its future”, as they put it. Coming only a week after the EDL’s Rotherham demonstration, it was always unlikely that the event … Continue reading

Tommy Robinson, former EDL leader, jailed for fraud


Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 18 months Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has been jailed for 18 months for mortgage fraud. Robinson, 31, from Bedfordshire, who stood down from the EDL last year, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court after pleading guilty last November. The … Continue reading

Police to screen EDL rally footage on Crimewatch in fresh appeal to trace 100 thugs


Smoke bombs, cobble stones, bottles and coins were hurled at police as the EDL and their opponents descended on Birmingham city centre for simultaneous demonstrations. EDL rally and the anti-EDL protest in Birmingham Police are to make a fresh appeal to identify up to 100 demonstrators involved in bloody clashes at an English Defence League … Continue reading

EDL founder Stephen Yaxley-Lennon admits mortgage fraud

Tommy Robinson Mortgage Fraud

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon was previously jailed for using someone else’s passport English Defence League (EDL) founder and former leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has admitted mortgage fraud offences. He pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiring with others to obtain a mortgage by misrepresentation from the Abbey and Halifax banks. The 30-year-old, also known as Tommy Robinson, committed … Continue reading

The rise of Europe’s respectable racists

European Far Right

 The resurgence of the far-right, now dressed in new clothing, could have devastating consequences for Europe once again.   When the leader of the English Defence League (EDL) announced he was quitting the far-right organisation a few weeks ago, even his closest supporters were completely taken by surprise. Over the last four years Tommy Robinson … Continue reading

EDL Founder Tommy Robinson to Face Trial over Tower Hamlets March Ban

Tommy Robinson 3

  Tommy Robinson in court over Tower Hamlets march by EDL   English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson has appeared in court to face charges relating to a banned march in a part of London where many Muslims live. Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley Lennon, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court charged with taking part in … Continue reading

Teenager ‘glorified’ EDL leader

A teenager accused of planning a repeat of the Columbine massacre at a school in the East Midlands “glorified” the leader of the English Defence League (EDL), a court has heard. The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial accused of stockpiling weapons for a terror attack on his former … Continue reading

‘What we’re really against is extremism…': The complex world of former EDL leader Tommy Robinson revealed

EDL Supporter

Recent encounters caused Eric Randolph to modify his view of the man and his party – as it emerges that 30-year-old was holding discussions with former jihadi who has himself renounced fundamentalism.   Any attempt to take a nuanced approach to the English Defence League and its supporters’ beliefs is rapidly defeated if you attend … Continue reading

Tommy Robinson: EDL Leader Held At March Far-right group leader Tommy Robinson is among 14 people arrested at a protest march in London.

John Parkin

  Police contain marchers in London   English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has been arrested on a controversial march that was prevented from going through the centre of one of Britain’s biggest Muslim communities. A tweet on the EDL website stated: “Tommy’s been arrested for incitement.” A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “A 30-year-old man … Continue reading

EDL leader Tommy Robinson tweets link to anti-Semitic website. That’s the company he keeps

Tommy Robinson

Now, would you take this man home to meet the parents? An interesting spot by Political Scrapbook that says a lot about the politics of the English Defence League. This morning Tommy Robinson (or Stephen Yaxley-Lennon or Andrew McCaster or Flimbo the Amazing Clown or whatever his name really is) tweeted a link complaining about … Continue reading