Tommy Robinson to join UKIP? Party puts forward EDL founder’s membership

UKIP is set to debate a motion offering membership to English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson.

Their National Executive Committee is to decide whether to allow a motion to be put to the vote at this month’s conference.

The motion put forward by the Brexit-backing party’s spokesman compared the right-wing activist to Robin Hood and the Suffragettes.

If successful it means Robinson, 35, could be allowed into the party before the end of the year.

The EDL founder, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has previously met with UKIP leader Gerard Batten and told supporters he would be voting for the party in local elections earlier this year.

“Conference believes that Tommy Robinson stands on the long English tradition of anti-establishment rebels with a cause from Robin Hood to the Suffragettes”

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The motion to be debated reads: “Conference believes that Tommy Robinson stands on the long English tradition of anti-establishment rebels with a cause from Robin Hood to the Suffragettes and Nigel Farage; admires his campaigns both for #FreeSpeech and to expose the authorities’ decades-long silence and inaction over industrial-scale child sexual abuse by rape gangs; and requests the NEC to offer him membership of UKIP.”

Alan Craig, UKIP’s Family and Children spokesman, said: “Tommy has become a global phenomenon representing those who have been excluded and silenced by the globalist liberal elite.

“He courageously turned his back on all racism and the EDL and now campaigns for free speech and on those issues like rape gangs that the authorities want to ignore.

“He’s now a Kipper at heart and we should welcome him.”

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PLANS: UKIP is set to debate a motion offering membership to Tommy Robinson

However the proposal has angered senior UKIP members, who are determined to block his entry.

A UKIP NEC member Ben Walker said he might leave the party if Robinson is allowed in.

He said: “I am categorically against it. We have got a set of rules that differentiate us from the other parties – we don’t let people in if they have been in what we consider extreme groups.

“I don’t see why we should change that.”

He added: “We should be concentrating on Brexit and getting the best possible deal – that is why we have seen a jump in membership and in the polls – not because we might let BNP and EDL members in.

“I would have to seriously consider my position if we let him in.”

Under Nigel Farage’s leadership UKIP rejected an offer by the EDL to work together and EDL members are still banned from joining the party.

However the party has taken a different direction since its new leader Gerard Batten was elected in April this year.

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