Moves to block Robin­son’s US tour

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By ANDREW WOODCOCK

More than 50 MPS have writ­ten to US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo urg­ing him not to per­mit Tommy Robin­son to en­ter Amer­ica for a fundrais­ing tour.

The cross-party group voiced “grave con­cern” at re­ports that the US au­thor­i­ties might grant Mr Robin­son - real name Stephen Yax­ley-lennon - a waiver on his ban on en­ter­ing the coun­try.

They warned that the English De­fence League founder would use any visit to “pro­mote his vi­o­lent and ex­trem­ist agenda” and was ex­pected to raise around $1.4 mil­lion (£1.1m) through speak­ing ap­pear­ances.

Robin­son has gained a high pro­file in the US af­ter he was jailed for 13 months for con­tempt of court. The sen­tence was later quashed and the case has been re­ferred to the At­tor­ney Gen­eral.

Labour MPS make up the bulk of the let­ter’s 55 sig­na­to­ries, in­clud­ing front­benchers Va­lerie Vaz and Glo­ria de Piero as well as for­mer min­is­ters Ver­non Coaker and Ge­orge Howarth.

They were joined by MPS from other par­ties, in­clud­ing Con­ser­va­tive Michael Fabri­cant, Lib­eral Demo­crat front­benchers Tom Brake and Wera Hob­house, and the SNP’S Mar­tyn Day.

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