Theresa May ambushed by EDL

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  1. Theresa May ambushed at constituency meeting by head of English Defence League
    By James Slack

    Last updated at 8:52 PM on 10th June 2011

    Comments (82) Add to My Stories Share Theresa May was last night dramatically ambushed at a constituency meeting by the head of the far-right English Defence League.

    The Home Secretary fears the group – whose marches she has banned in the past - will now seek to exploit the face-to-face confrontation for a propaganda coup.

    The self-proclaimed head of the EDL, who normally gives his name as ‘Tommy Robinson’, managed to by-pass security checks by posing as the companion of one of Mrs May’s constituents.

    Ambushed: Home Secretary Theresa May was confronted by English Defence League founder Stephen Lennon AKA 'Tommy Robinson' at constituency meeting

    He then began haranguing the Home Secretary about why the EDL – whose demonstrations have been marred by violence – was treated differently to other groups.

    Mrs May says she walked away from the exchange in Maidenhead Town Hall – which comes ahead of a planned local march in the town by the EDL today.

    Normally, the leader of a known extremist organisation would have no chance of getting near to the Home Secretary.

    She told the Mail: ‘My concern now is that he will try to make something of it, which he should not do. He did not have a meeting with me – I was completely door stepped. I did not even recognise him.

    ‘This is a group whose purpose is to divide and to encourage hatred in our society and I condemn them for that.’

    One concern is the group may claim to have formally met Mrs May, in a bid to gain some political legitimacy.

    Normally, the Home Secretary’s meetings would be closely vetted – reflecting the fact she is not only a Cabinet minister, but in charge of national security.

    Protest: The English Defence League was formed in the wake of a Muslim protest at homecoming parade and claims it is protesting against 'radical Islam'

    But MPs, under long-standing convention, agree to sit down with any constituents who have concerns in open meetings, normally held in public buildings.

    Mrs May had an appointment with a man who was complaining about his treatment by the police. Constituents will often be joined by a family member or friend.

    When the man sat down, his colleague said to Mrs May: Do you know who I am? I’m the head of the English Defence League’.

    He then began complaining about how the EDL had been treated, saying it was different to Muslim groups, and demanding an appointment of his own. She refused.

    Mrs May recently accepted Leicester City Council’s application to ban a planned EDL march in the city. The EDL responded by holding a static demonstration numbering 1,000.

    The Unite Against Fascism (UAF) group staged a counter-protest numbering 700. One police officer was taken to hospital with a leg injury and two protesters were treated by paramedics for minor injuries.

    Clashes: Several protests involving the group have ended in violence with opponents accusing the group of seeking to spread a message of hatred
    The English Defence League (EDL) formed in the wake of a demo by a small group of Muslims at a Luton homecoming parade in March 2009.

    Since then they have protested all over the UK against ‘radical Islam’. In recent months, there have been suggestions the group could become a political party.

    Opponents accuse the group of seeking to spread a message of hatred. There have been claims the group is made up of a number of football hooligans.

    Leader Tommy Robinson – whose name is an alias – claimed: ‘The British people want to have their voices heard. A resistance to Islamification was always going to happen.’

    A number of anti-fascist groups have attempted to unmask his real identity. The EDL has denied a string of names.

    MPs surgeries have in the past been the scene of heated clashes and even violence.

    Last year, Roshonara Choudhary stabbed Labour minister Stephen Timms seriously wounded the Labour MP Stephen Timms.

    Inspired by terrorist websites, she lunged at him and stabbed him twice before being restrained by a security guard and arrested.

    Read more: Theresa May ambushed by head of English Defence League | Mail Online
  2. Its funny how the Dailymail, have closed comments,but allowed those Pro-EDL comments to stay present.
  3. Ah this thread, it's like its meant to derail the "Police 'covered up' violent campaign to turn London area 'Islamic'" thread.
  4. Hmmm, they shouldn't have done that, it's unfair. But it's different to the norm when its only anti(insert-extremist-group-here) comments allowed.
  5. Well it is the Daily Mail, what did you expect?
  6. How is it?
  7. EDL? what a joke they are.
  8. Dear Count Baton

    If I wanted to derail this thread, I could have posted a better thread highlighting the activities of the EDL.

    I choose to post this, basically because a very highly respective figure was ambushed by a dimwit.

    I hope the MOD can judge me by my intent, if he feels I posted it at a wrong time, then please delete.
  9. Count Baton

  10. How is the "Police 'covered up' violent campaign to turn London area 'Islamic'" thread? It's fine, there's a cool debate going on there at the moment.
  11. I can't watch that video at the moment - it's blocked on this system.
    Though I can imagine what it was along the lines of.
  12. The EDL have several axes to grind but couldn't organise a prayer meeting in the Vatican; they try to be active in my area, along with the BNP - who demonstrated in the Town Centre during the last election campaign - and fail to understand why most folk don't even give air time to their ridiculous drivel. They would be astounded to realise how much, ideologically, they have in common with the Taliban - women shouldn't work outside the home, it's ok for women to die in childbirth because (1) it's not appropriate for men to treat them and (2) women are forbidden to train in medicine. And now we're supposed to wring our hands because their fatuous poison is kept off our streets as far as possible.
  13. jebus if thats there policys I'm glad I've not read there manfesto
  14. I have to concede this isn't a direct qoute, however, it is the real effect of their policies; let's face it, it was attitudes like this which saw UK with an appalling neonatal mortality rate until the mid-20th Century. How many people today have heard of Marie Stopes, Sofia Jeks-Blake and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (trained in US in Midwifery, which forced General Medical Council to accept her application for license to practice in UK). When Taliban took over Afghanistan, all health care, schools and civil service took a kick in the swingers because most of the admin jobs were done by women; all paediatrics, gynae and etc was the domain of female medical staff at all levels.
  15. I choose to post this, basically because a very highly respective figure was ambushed by a dimwit. Afghan Kandak

    What do you mean by respective figure? Respected? By whom? This is why it is important to try and be as accurate as possible. She isn't respected by a fair proportion of the country, unlike her namesake who is better built.

    Has she had many meetings with assorted Islamic pressure groups? If the answer is yes then surely she should meet up with other extremist groups to try and get a better oversight of the situation.

    I also notice this dimwit is not dim enough to strap a load of plastique and nails and go for the 72 raisins.