Former EDL leader Tommy Robison to stand trial

EDL Demo Photo: David Hayward

An EDL demonstration. Pic: David Hayward.

Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has pleaded not guilty to breaking bail conditions and being the organiser of a march in Tower Hamlets last September.

Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley Lennon, appeared at Westminster Magistrate Court after his shock resignation from the EDL leadership this month.

Speaking after appearing in court, Robinson said that he has received death threats and believes that both the “Nazi” and “Muslim extremists” are targeting him.

He said: “The people who the death threats are coming from are the people who I was opposing anyway – they were the elements that were always on the outside of the English Defence League, they were around it always wanting to hijack it.”

He is currently working with Quilliam Foundation, an anti-extremism think tank that aided in his resignation from the EDL.

The 30-year-old has been bailed on the condition he will not participate in any EDL demonstration, and will stand trial on January 9.

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