Lewisham Ukip candidate launches anti-Islamic group with ex-EDL leader interview

Lewisham Ukip candidate launches anti-Islamic group with ex-EDL leader interviewLewisham Ukip candidate launches anti-Islamic group with ex-EDL leader interview

Ukip’s Lewisham East candidate is launching a group opposed to “Islamic cultural extremism” with an interview of the far right group EDL’s former leader.

Anne Marie Waters is co-founder of action group Voice and, as well as bidding to be an MP in Lewisham East, is standing for Basildon Council. Earlier this month she called for some mosques to be closed and immigration to stop from some muslim countries.

The group – Victims of Islamic Cultural Extremism – will launch when she interviews ex-English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson.

According to our sister paper the Clacton Gazette, a flyer for the launch party on May 11 describes the event as “a great night and great value”.

It states: “You’ve heard the interviews and watched the videos – now come along and listen to Tommy in person. Both he and Anne Marie will be available to answer your questions and to chat, too.”

The group states it aims to help victims of female genital mutilation and victims who are both Muslim and non-Muslim, citing historical sex abuse in Rotherham.

Mr Robinson was leader of the league, which whipped up anti-Islamic feeling after Lee Rigby’s murder, until October 2013, when he quit amid concerns over the “angers of far-right extremism”.

He was jailed for 18 months after admitting mortgage fraud in January 2014, and is banned from contacting members of the league until the end of his original sentence, this June, as a condition of his early release.

Basildon Council’s Ukip group leader Linda Allport-Hodge said: “Ms Waters is interviewing Tommy Robinson on behalf of a think tank.

“Mr Robinson famously left the EDL in 2013, and since then has been working with the anti-extremism think tank the Qulliam Foundation to counter extremism of all kinds.

“Recently, he was responsible for revealing the plans of a Tory MP candidate who was trying to create a fake anti-Mosque demo.

“His is an interesting voice, but if to interview him is to sympathise with the league maybe the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Times and others should also be castigated, as they have all interviewed him.”

Ms Waters had not responded to the Echo’s invitations to comment. She has also not responded to any questions the News Shopper has asked her during the election campaign.

From The News Shopper . 30.04.15 .


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