Tommy Robinson’s European election campaign leaves police caught between a rock and a hard place

Politics Explained: As police struggle to balance competing demands, activist-turned-politician capitalises on violence for votes

Lizzie Dearden
Home Affairs Correspondent
@lizziedearden
Wednesday 29 May 2019 11:47
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The police have a difficult balancing act to perform
The police have a difficult balancing act to perform

During Tommy Robinson’s tenure as leader of the English Defence League (EDL), policing the group’s marches cost more than £10m.

Thousands of officers battled to keep the anti-Islam organisation’s supporters under control as they rampaged through town centres and clashed with counter-protesters.

Robinson was then a known quantity – a convicted criminal who surrounded himself with football hooligans – and police could respond in the appropriate, robust manner.

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