It was the most stunning volte-face since Libya's foreign minister Mousa Kousa defected to the west in 2011. Or perhaps since Sol Campbell left Spurs for Arsenal on a free transfer in 2001. On 8 October, Tommy Robinson (aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Andrew Mc- Master, aka Paul Harris), the co-founder and leader of the English Defence League (EDL), quit the far-right group and joined hands with the Quilliam Foundation, a 'counter-extremism' think tank.
LONDON Two leaders of a far-right, anti-Muslim group in Britain announced Tuesday that growing extremism in the organizations ranks has led them to quit a decision helped by a group founded by former Islamist radicals.
Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll said they were leaving the small but high-profile English Defence League, the group they founded in 2009.
The Quilliam Foundation, an anti-extremism think-tank founded by former Muslim jihadists, said it had helped facilitate the pairs departure.
In the aftermath of the English Defence League (EDL) rally in Manchester last Saturday, it is worth taking stock of how such an organisation has gained support, what it truly stands for and how it should be perceived within the spectrum of Europe’s far right. It should not simply be dismissed as a racist or fascist BNP front.
The study found the image of young unemployed people alienated by tough economic times and turning to the anti-Muslim and anti-immigration group was a myth. In fact half of sympathizers are in full time work, almost one in five is university educated and more than two thirds own their own home. The report, by the think tank Chatham House, warns ministers and those combating extremism need to reassess who they target.
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