Leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson has quit the group because he cannot control its “extremism”, it was announced today.
Along with deputy leader Kevin Carroll, Tommy will work with Quilliam, a think tank that focuses on “counter-extremism”, who are calling on all members of the EDL to “follow in his footsteps”.
Qualliam claimed they have “facilitated the decapitation of the EDL” and tweeted a photograph of the moment Tommy announced his departure.
Tommy, real name Stephen Lennon, said: “I have been considering this move for a long time because I recognise that, though street demonstrations have brought us to this point, they are no longer productive. I acknowledge the dangers of far-right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.”
A statement on the Quilliam website said the group are hoping to help Tommy invest his energy in countering extremism of all times, encouraging his “critique of Islamism” and his “concern with far-right extremism.”
Quilliam Chairman and Co-Founder Maajid Nawaz said: “As well as being a very positive change for the United Kingdom, this is a very proud moment for Quilliam. This represents not a change but a continuation for us, as challenging extremism of all kinds forms the basis of our work. We have been able to show that Britain stands together against extremism regardless of political views and hope to continue supporting Tommy and Kevin in their journey to counter Islamism and neo-Nazi extremism.”
Tommy and Kevin believe the voice they have created can be channelled in a positive direction.
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