Tommy Robinson Facts

‘Tommy Robinson’ Fact Sheet

“Tommy Robinson - real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon - is a convicted fraudster and a serial thug. He has made a career out of causing trouble and division. He has a long history of making racist statements and has been jailed multiple times for the crimes he has committed. He doesn’t want to stand up for anyone but himself and wherever he goes, trouble is rarely far behind.”
Nick Lowles, HOPE not hate CEO

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Criminal Record

Here’s a handy list of Tommy Robinson’s convictions compiled by The Round outlet:

Assault: In 2005, Robinson was jailed for 12 months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, for which he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, and assault with intent to resist arrest, for which he received a concurrent term of three months.

Assaulting a police officer: In 2010, Robinson was charged with assaulting a police officer during clashes at a poppy burning protest. After the fighting, a police officer was taken to hospital after trying to intervene in a 50 man brawl.

Tommy arrest 2010

Rooftop protest: In 2011, Robinson and EDL co-founder Kevin Carroll flew to Zurich to protest on the roof of a FIFA building that England were not allowed to wear poppies on their kit because of FIFA’s political symbol ban. They were fined £3,000 for their troubles.

Assault at his own rally: In 2011, Robinson was convicted of assault for an attack at an EDL march in Blackburn. After he was goaded for being a government and police informant Robinson launched into a verbal tirade against those protesting against him. Robinson then proceeded to headbutt one of the march goers.

Luton football riot: In July 2011, Robinson was found guilty of leading a brawl that included 100 Luton Town football fans into a fight with Newport County fans. Fans were heard chanting ‘EDL till I die.’ For the crime committed, he was given a suspended 12-month prison sentence and banned from Luton football matches for 3 years.

Using someone else’s passport: In January 2013 Robinson was jailed for 10 months for travelling to the USA on his friend’s passport. Robinson admitted the charge of possession of a false identity document with improper intention. The passport Robinson used was under the name of Andrew McMaster. He checked himself in on the way out from Heathrow airport however when he arrived in the USA customs officials took his fingerprints and realised he was using a passport that was not his own.

Tommy Robinson passport

Mortgage fraud: In 2014, Tommy Robinson was sentenced to prison for 18 months for committing mortgage fraud with the crime dating back to 2009. After pleading guilty in November 2013 to committing £160,000 worth of mortgage fraud Robinson was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court. Whilst passing the sentence, the judge told Robinson: ‘This was an operation which was fraudulent from the outset and involved a significant amount of forward planning.’ “I am satisfied you took part in a thoroughly dishonest course of conduct,’ he told him.

Contempt of court 1: In 2017, Robinson was given a 3 month suspended sentence after he admitted a contempt of court charge for attempting to photograph juvenile defendant in a court case whilst having no right to do so. Court security had told Robinson not to film in and around the court as it would lead to his arrest. The 3 month suspended sentence could be activated within 18 months.

Contempt of court 2: Finally, in 2018, the crucial case that led to Robinson being jailed and sparked the Free Tommy protests. Robinson was given a 13-month sentence for contempt of court. He was arrested after Facebook live streaming outside Leeds Crown Court for an hour despite their being reporting restrictions on the case. Because he had a suspended sentence for the same crime the judge sentenced Robinson to 13 months in prison. Robinson pled guilty but was later released on bail after winning an appeal .

Free Tommy protest

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Racism, far-right statements and activity

Used multiple racist terms in leaked video messages: A video emerged in early 2019 that shows him calling a taxi driver a “little P**i that drives a car” and dubbing himself “King of the whole Islam race”. He also bragged about his well-known drug use saying: “No matter where I’ve gone in the world I score… I’ve gone to f***ing Qatar, to Doha, and scored gear on the sesh while they’re all praying. Everywhere, mate, every city I’ve gone to.” [The Sun, 13/02/19]

Made comments that led supporters to send abusive messages to a rape charity: A rape charity for BAME women was bombarded with racist abuse from supporters of Tommy Robinson after a photo of its flyer offering support to victims from ethnic minorities was posted on Facebook by him with the comment: “I guess it’s ok to rape white women then?” [Independent, 16/02/19]

Called British Muslims, “enemy combatants”: In a video recorded for his then-employer, RebelTV, Lennon called Muslims: “enemy combatants who want to kill you, maim you and destroy you”. He went on to say that: “It’s not a refugee crisis, it’s an invasion of Europe by military age Muslim men”. He called people from Somalia “backwards barbarians” and said that London’s Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan, is “part of an invasion into our country”. [RebelTV, 23/05/17]

Said “Islam is fascist and it’s violent and we’ve had enough”: At an EDL street gathering after the death of Lee Rigby, Lennon – surrounded by supporters in EDL balaclavas, saying, “Islam is fascist and it’s violent and we’ve had enough!” [Guardian, 23/05/13]

Said he wanted to repatriate every Muslim refugee from the previous 12 months: In early 2016, Lennon tweeted that, “I’d personally send every adult male Muslim that has come into the EU over the past 12 months back tomorrow if I could. Fake refugees” [@TRobinsonNewEra, 01/31/16 (since deleted)]

Blamed all Muslims for the 7/7 terrorist attacks: At an EDL rally in 2011, Lennon blamed all British Muslims for the 7/7 attacks, said, “Every single Muslim watching this on YouTube. On 7/7 you got away with killing and maiming British citizens. You got away with it. Next time you think about it you better understand that we have built a network from one end of the country to the other end. We will not tolerate it and the Islamic community will feel the full force of the English Defence League if we see any of our British citizens killed, maimed, or hurt on British soil ever again.” [YouTube, 07/09/11]

Ranted that “this is a war” in a message about Islam: In Rebel Media video Lennon said, “The reality is this is a war. These people are waging war on us. This has gone on for 1,400 years. This is nothing new. And the whole time while this goes on, the police leaders or political leaders want to invite more! They want to invite more!” [Daily Star, 23/03/17]

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Promotion of fake news, lies etc

Admitted spreading fake news about Syrian refugee attacked in Huddersfield: Following a viral video appearing to show a Syrian refugee being attacked in a racially motivated assault, Lennon spread messages about the victim, accusing him of bullying other children. He was later forced to admit that the accusations were lies. ‘It turns out some leftie is sitting somewhere absolutely mugging me completely off and laughing about it. So yeah, fake news central.” [Metro, 29/11/18]

“Deliberately distorted” attack on a school led to online abuse of headteacher: Lennon launched a “badly and deliberately distorted” attack on a Swansea school over allegations a teacher had removed his name from a board made by a pupil listing people worthy of respect. Lennon’s statements lead to threats after he named a teacher as a part of “far-left fascists” infiltration of the education system. [Wales Online, 16/11/18]

Promoted his role as ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ of a dubious “international arts charity”: In late 2017, Lennon proudly claimed that he had been named as a “goodwill ambassador” for the Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund, which turned out to be, at best, an extremely dubious claim. [HOPEnothate, 14/11/2017]

Lied about reasons for quitting the EDL: After Lennon left the EDL he repeatedly lied about his reason for doing so, only admitting later that he was paid thousands of pounds by the Quilliam Foundation. [HuffPost, 04/12/15]

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Accusations of lavish lifestyle

Lennon has raised millions in donations from supporters: Following his imprisonment for contempt of court in 2018, an aide who had access to his fundraising accounts told The Times it contained £2m. Another former aide, Lucy Brown, told The Times that Lennon operated a “business” in which “your outrage, valid as it is, will be monetised as such”. [Times, 21/10/18]

Lennon lives in a £950,000 four-bedroom house: According to The Times, Lennon moved into a £950,000 house in an upmarket village in Bedfordshire. The paper described the house as a detached, gated property with four bedrooms, a two-bedroom annexe and a double garage. [Times, 21/10/18]

Lennon received a “high-five-figure” salary from US tech billionaire: Until as recently as 2018, Lennon received a “high-five-figure” salary from US tech billionaire Robert Shillman, according to a former aide. Lennon was initially paid between £5,000 and £6,000 a month by The Rebel, rising to £8,000 a month, according to the aide, with the salary bankrolled by Shillman. [Times, 05/08/18]

Jailed after involvement in £160k mortgage fraud: In 2014, Stephen Lennon was sentenced to 18 months in prison for a mortgage fraud which amounted to £160,000 over a period of six months. The judge at his trial said, “This was an operation which was fraudulent from the outset and involved a significant amount of forward planning.” The judge added, “I am satisfied you took part in a thoroughly dishonest course of conduct,” he told him. [BBC, 23/01/14]

Lennon owned “seven properties” by the age of 25: According to Lennon himself, by the age of 25 he owned seven properties. [HuffPost, 10/12/15]

Lennon received thousands of pounds for vague services after quitting EDL: Lennon has claimed he was paid £2,000 per month for Quilliam so that they could, in turn, take credit for his leaving the EDL. Quilliam has said the substantial payments were made after Lennon “invoic[ed] us for costs associated with outreach that he & Dr Usama Hassan did to Muslim communities.” [HuffPost, 04/12/15]

Lennon made £20,000 from bitcoin: An analysis published by the Independent showed that Lennon received almost £20,000 in bitcoin during his two-month imprisonment in 2018. [Indepedent, 01/08/18]

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