EDL leader, Tommy Robinson, claims common ground with UKIP on Immigration and Islam


Today I spoke to Tommy Robinson, the leader of the English Defence League, who told me that he believed that his organisation shared a platform with UKIP on immigration and on Islam. 

It all started with social media… The official Facebook page for the English Defence League has declared that ‘all nationalist parties should stand aside in areas that UKIP have a good chance of winning.’ This association with the EDL will be viewed by many UKIP activists as deeply damaging as it reawakens the notion that UKIP are the ‘BNP lite,’ or ‘BNP in suits’; a slogan which will no doubt please the other major parties.

Extracts from the EDL’s Facebook page:


The EDL’s Facebook page has over 18,000 ‘likes’ and the post which endorsed UKIP was sent out on the 27th of March, and since then it has attracted a lot of positive attention from EDL supporters. Moreover since that occasion, the party’s Facebook has been active in promoting speeches Nigel Farage has given on Islam, and of tours that  UKIP are doing around the UK. This will not be viewed as good news for most Kippers, and could stump the growth that the party has witnessed in recent by-elections and polling results.

I spoke to Tommy Robinson, the leader of The English Defence League, to find out why his organisation was endorsing UKIP on their Facebook page.

There is a quote on the EDL’s Facebook page which states: “I think all nationalist parties should stand aside in areas that UKIP have a good chance of winning. Lets not split their vote. We might take a couple or a few hundred votes of them, we don’t come no where and we’ve cost UKIP the win because they come 50,60 votes behind Labour.” Is that the EDL endorsing UKIP?

Yeah. What parties are there? I always get asked this about why the EDL got into politics. It is all set against you – it is impossible to do without millions of pounds funding, etc etc. Now who is going to change what is happening is this country from the point of immigration and Islam? I remember a speech Lord Pearson done 2 years ago, he was the ex leader of UKIP…(Google dialogue)…where he questioned about the EDL, and everything he said in his speech about what is happening to this country about the demographics of Islam, and the Muslim birth rate, and the threat to the nation – I remember watching that and thinking “bang he has got it on the head; he’s hitting every nail on the head, I agree with everything he is saying.” But to hear a well educated; say for example my own mother doesn’t agree with what I stand for; but when I show like Lord Pearson saying what we are saying, because they are saying exactly what we say, just in a different way – do you know what I mean?’


What do you feel the similarities are between your organisation and UKIP?

Europe, we want out of Europe – and also with regards to their manifesto around Islam. Well to be honest I am going on about when Lord Pearson was leader, now they have Nigel Farage and I think he is a bit more… he doesn’t really comment on it which is a bit disappointing to a lot of people who were supporting them – from what I hear.’


Full interview here:


A UKIP spokesperson had this to say on Robinson’s thoughts:


“We have nothing to do with the EDL, if you look at our website, those people who are active in the EDL are specifically excluded for membership of the party.”



The feeling is clearly not mutual, and the association of UKIP with a nationalist group will further add doubts to the justification of UKIP being a Libertarian party; especially as the EDL leader claims common ground on immigration and Islam. Keep an eye out on this one folks, it could get ugly – especially if UKIP are identified as similar to this:

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  1. This is complete BS.

    He’s admitted that he’s not been following UKIP for the last 2-3 years and that it’s his personal view not the EDL one. The views he expresses have nothing to do with the UKIP. No EDL member can join UKIP, the complete of opposite of what he says. His “support” for UKIP is based solely on the fact that they’re against uncontrolled immigration and for controlled immigration so that’s better than nothing as far as this chimp is concerned.

  2. UKIP cannot choose its voters. If EDL members wish to vote for UKIP based on one of its many other policies, so what?

    I do believe that EDL members are excluded from being members of UKIP anyway. This is another lazy attempt at guilt by association. People are free to vote for who they like and agree with.

    • Yeah but that is the problem though isn’t it. The EDL obviously see similarities with their racist agenda in UKIP’s manifesto. That is why this is news

      • Given that UKIPs immigration stance is built around economics not race, do you see a “racist” agenda in UKIP’s manifesto?

          • And mass controlled immigration is even worse. So lets try closing the borders for up to five years and work on it from there. A temporary freeze is not going to harm the economy as much.

        • Given that UKIP does not recognize that native british has the same right to remain a majority in their own country as all other people indeed their policy are racist, anti-British and anti-white.

          Given at the same time that they fanatically support Israel, the worlds more extreme ethno-state where even interracial marriage is banned.. Their views not only becomes racist towards Britons but extremely hypocritical as well.

          Michael Zuckerman, UKIP secretary, told the Jewish Chronicle (JC) : “There is tremendous support for Israel within UKIP”.

          “UKIP rejects the notion that Israel should be punished through sanctions or cancellation of trade deals (such as the EU-Israel Association Agreement) for defending itself from attack.”

  3. UKIP’s candidate in the upcoming Kent County Council elections, Martyn Heale, is a former National Front (NF) activist, branch organiser and stood as an NF candidate in Hammersmith in 1979.

    • They say that a week is a long time in politics and he has been a branch Chairman of UKIP for the past 10 years, as for EDL supporting UKIP, if Hitler was a Man U fan it would not make the players on the pitch Nazis would it. Really people should start asking why all these smear campaigns are being started against UKIP, could it possibly be because the other parties are scared of UKIP common sense approach to a new, honest kind of politics that will put them out on their ear ?

  4. I like the Labour Party, Conservatve and Lib Dems on facebook, im a right weirdo. This article smacks of desperation. How can you judge someone you dont know in real life on FB likes. I see you have took an interest in the EDL page, did you also take a note of all the Labour voting EDL members on the page to write a Labour Smear blog. You do realise you are directing people there.

  5. The EDL did team up with the British Freedom Party, but then BFP head Paul Weston left because he felt BFP had become tainted by the EDL and Tommy Robinson’s cousin Kevin Carroll became their leader, I don’t know what’s happened to BFP but Paul Weston an Ex UKIP candidate has set up a new party called Liberty UK.
    Its interesting that Tommy Robinson isn’t backing either of those parties, but instead calls or them to stand aside for Ukip, doubtless Ukip will & should distance themselves from the EDL & Farage has previously angered them by tweeting that he doesn’t agree with the EDL but in reality an election with fewer candidates strengthens UKIPs chances especially with protest voters, but how much power Robinson has in getting other parties to stand aside is very questionable.

  6. If you want to smear UKIP go ahead but remember UKIP is the only political party which is close to your ‘book libertarian’ beliefs you ain’t going to get anything more elsewhere, remember that.

  7. I’m not exactly one to defend UKIP, but this guy does pretty much appear to have based his view of what their policies are off of one old racist ex-leader’s speech. AFAIK UKIP doesn’t actually have a policy on ‘Islam’ (or if they do they’re worse than even I thought).

    That’s not to say that their immigration policy doesn’t pander to racism as much as it can get away with, so it still makes sense that they’d support them.

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