'Tommy Robinson'

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Tommy Robinson is the pseudonym of the leading figure in the English Defence League. According to the Guardian, he is a 28-year-old carpenter from Luton.[1]

In its July 2010 edition, Searchlight magazine named Robinson as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a former BNP member from Bedford sentenced to 12 months imprisonment in 2005 for assaulting an off-duty police officer.[2] Yaxley-Lennon's name first surfaced in a comment accompanying an anonymously posted video purporting to show Robinson's face. According to a screenshot taken by Searchlight, Robinson appeared to confirm his identity by commenting on Facebook: "hey at least people can see my hansome [sic] face now."[3] According to the One Million United blog, Robinson's Facebook page was deleted shortly after publication of the Searchlight story.[4]

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  1. Robert Booth, Matthew Taylor and Paul Lewis, English Defence League: chaotic alliance stirs up trouble on streets, The Guardian, 12 September 2007.
  2. Nick Lowles and Simon Cressy, The BNP past of the EDL leader, Searchlight, July 2010.
  3. Nick Lowles and Simon Cressy, The BNP past of the EDL leader, Searchlight, July 2010.
  4. Exclusive: EDL Panics As Exposed Leader Goes Into Hiding, One Million United Official Blog, 26 June 2010.