Dozens join calls for Home Office to ban EDL Tower Hamlets march

15:07 21 August 2013

A fire cracker is let off during an English Defence League (EDL) demonstration at Aldgate Station in 2011

A fire cracker is let off during an English Defence League (EDL) demonstration at Aldgate Station in 2011

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Dozens of signatories have backed an open letter to the Home Office calling for a ban on far-right group the English Defence League’s planned march through east London.

The letter was signed by former London Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone and Unite trade union general secretary Len McCluskey, among more than 50 other interested parties.

In the letter, the signatories express fears that the EDL intends to bring a “message of hate” to Tower Hamlets during the march, due to take place on September 7.

“Their protests invariably result in violence against property, the police, or local communities,” it says.

“We have real fears that the EDL presence will act as a catalyst for further violence, disorder and destruction of property. There must be no place for hatred in our communities.

“The home secretary must act, and act now, to ensure the EDL is not able to bring its tour of hate to the streets of east London on September 7,” the letter concludes.

Among other signatories are former canon of St Paul’s Cathedral Dr Giles Fraser, the Islamic Forum of Europe, and former secretary of state for international development Clare Short.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson – whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon - appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last week after he was chared with obstructing an officer during a “charity walk” at Aldgate in June.

Mr Robinson, along with co-leader Kevin Carroll, will now appear at the same court on September 11.

The proposed march is one of a series of demonstrations held by the far right group in cities across the UK this summer.

Related articles

Latest News Stories

MP Jim Fitzpatrick throws switch to light up Chrisp Street Christmas tree [photos: Rehan Jamil]

MP Jim Fitzpatrick slipped away from Westminster to switch on a Christmas Tree for hundreds of kids in London’s East End.

Rifles Brigade honour Alfred Drake, VC, with military salute

A memorial has been unveiled to an unsung hero from London’s East End who received the Victoria Cross the day he was killed saving an officer under fire on the Western Front 100 years ago.

Man charged with Bow Creek murder

A man has appeared in court today charged with the murder of a homeless rough sleeper in east London whose body was discovered in the Bow Creek.

Marsh Wall gets makeover to cope with Isle of Dogs utility demands

Extensive road renovations are nearing completion to a major thoroughfare in east London linking Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs.

Yesterday, 18:11
MP Rushanara Ali plants tree to commemorate Edith Ramsay (inset)

A new tree marks the life of Edith Ramsay, the charismatic social campaigner who organised children’s wartime evacuations away from air-raid danger and later campaigned to take prostitutes of the streets of London’s East End.

The tree was planted at the reopening of Stepney’s Edith Ramsay sheltered housing complex by MP Rushanara Ali on Friday.

Yesterday, 11:53
Barrie Stradling at Headway East London's brain recovery centre, ready for charity's dance marathon

Soul artist Barrie Stradling had to learn to sing again after a hit-and-run road incident nine years ago.

But now the 57-year-old who has been volunteering with Headway East London brain injury centre is to perform at the charity’s annual eight-hour dance marathon.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Police are appealing for information

A murder probe is underway after the body of a young man was found in east London.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Langdon Park pupil gets help from business mentor to win Dragon's Den challenge [photos: Tony Hussey]

A team of 14-year-olds have come up with an enterprising scheme to hire out stationery items and equipment to pupils who forget to bring them to school and get detention.

The novel idea has won a Year 9 team from Poplar’s Langdon Park Secondary in London’s East End £250 to set up their enterprise.

Most read news


Win a beautiful monochrome tunic dress with Great British Life!

Great British Life is offering a beautiful monochrome silk tunic dress worth £179 to one lucky reader

Nike Trainers

Nike’s motto is ‘to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.’ With this in mind it’s no surprise why Nike is the preferred training gear for most A-list athletes. Get an extra boost in your run or height in your jump with £500 to spend on Nike trainers.

Digital Edition

Read the Docklands and East London Advertiser e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder