French National Front leader Marine Le Pen named as latest far-right figure to speak at prestigious Oxford University Union

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Ms Le Pen will be speaking at the famous venue in February But campaigners say they will protest outside the Union if talk goes ahead Described the politician as a ‘Euro-fascist’ who wants to split society   Le Pen is known for her controversial right-wing views Called for surveillance in mosques following Charlie Hebdo massacres  French … Continue reading

Support for British far-right groups hits 20-year low

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Hope Not Hate report shows general decline in influence of BNP, EDL and others due to internal splits and rise of Ukip Nick Griffin (left) was expelled from the British National party last October. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian Far-right groups in the UK are at their lowest ebb for 20 years despite the … Continue reading

The EDL goes to Downing Street

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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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

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  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

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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