Tommy Robinson to stand as an MEP for north-west England

Robinson made a speech to protesters in Westminster after ministers voted against Mrs May withdrawal agreement (PA)
Robinson has launched his campaign to stand as an MEP (PA)

Tommy Robinson is set to stand as MEP for north-west England in May’s European elections.

Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has been supported by Ukip leader Gerard Batten and is an adviser on topics such as rape gangs and prison reform.

Despite the role, he is still banned from joining the party.

He will stand for MEP as an independent candidate.

A campaign image from Robinson's website (VOTE TOMMY)

On Thursday, the EDL founder launched his website on final day of nominations to stand in the Europe-wide poll.

He said he will fight against the ‘Islamification of Britain’ and branded Brexit party leader Nigel Farage as ‘another millionaire stockbroker who looks down at the working classes’.

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In a statement on his website, he wrote: ‘They’re laughing at us. All of them — Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, the European Union bureaucrats.

‘17.4 million of us voted for Brexit, but they don’t care about people like us.

WHITEHALL, LONDON, GREATER LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/03/29: The right-wing leader Tommy Robinson (center), whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon seen leaving the Make Brexit Happen stage in Whitehall after addressed a speech to his supporters.  A Leave means leave pro Brexit march began on March 16 in Sunderland, UK and ended with a rally in Parliament Square on March 29 in London, same day that UK has been scheduled to leave the European Union. Pro Brexit protesters gathered at Parliament Square to demand the government deliver what was promised and leave the European Union without a deal. Nigel Farage and Tommy Robinson were seen giving speeches to their supporters in different stages during the pro Brexit protest. (Photo by Andres Pantoja/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Robinson will stand as an independent candidate for the elections on May 23 (GETTY)

‘They’ve tried to silence us, and they took away our democratic rights by betraying Brexit.

‘The election on 23rd May is how we fight back. Put me right inside the EU and they won’t know what hit them.

‘They’ll long for the days when it was just Nigel Farage.’

Continuing he said: ‘I’m with the people — the armed forces; the families who have suffered from Muslim rape gangs; the working class people who have been left behind economically.

‘People who have been mocked by the elites, who were told they just don’t count.’

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