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Tommy Robinson wants to be an MEP. But we in the north-west can stop him

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Tommy Robinson, or Stephen Yaxley-Lennon if we want to refer to him by his real name, announced last week that he’s standing for the north-west of England in the European elections. The former British National party (BNP) member wants to take the same seat that his then leader Nick Griffin held from 2009 to 2014. Tommy Robinson is a far-right thug who went from being a member of the BNP to co-founding the English Defence League (EDL).

He talks about standing up for ordinary working-class people but he is not interested in real solutions to the problems faced by the working classes in the north-west. His answer to the despair people feel after more than a decade of austerity and Tory attacks on the welfare state is to scapegoat Muslims and migrants. Robinson’s EDL was an inspiration for far-right terrorist Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway on 2011.

He has done his best to stoke Islamophobia and stir up hatred and division his whole political life.

Darren Osborne, the terrorist who attacked Finsbury........

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