Labour Councillors in Tower Hamlets have welcomed news that the EDL co-leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll are to leave the hate preaching English Defence League.
Whilst local politicians have welcomed the move they said that the public must remain resolute against the EDL, warning that the problem isn’t “just about the two men at the top, it is about challenging the racist and divisive agenda at the heart of the organisation.”
Robinson and Carroll’s resignations come only a month after the EDL marched on Tower Hamlets causing widespread disruption. Their presence was matched with a larger counter-rally with all sections of the community uniting to oppose the EDL.
Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said:
“Today’s announcement that Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll are leaving the EDL is very welcome.
“Whilst they were the spearhead of the organisation Labour’s opposition to the EDL was never just about the two men at the top, it is about challenging the racist and divisive agenda at the heart of the EDL. We will remain vigilant against all who threaten the stability and cohesion of our community.”
Labour’s Candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
“This signal is welcome but we need to see something more substantial before concluding that real change has happened. The history of far right groups is that they often splinter and collapse but that another then emerges, so we should assume a very real threat remains.”