A House of Commons security guard was filmed telling Tommy Robinson to ‘keep up the good work’ after the English Defence League founder visited the Palace of Westminster.
The anti-Islam campaigner, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was visiting UKIP Peer Lord Pearson in March 2018 when he passed the unnamed guard on his way out of the London landmark, sources say.
In the clip, Robinson can be seen shaking hands with the guard who says: ‘I follow you on YouTube and stuff.’
A House of Commons security guard (right) was filmed telling Tommy Robinson to ‘keep up the good work’ after the English Defence League founder visited the Palace of Westminster, London
The anti-Islam campaigner, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was visiting UKIP Peer Lord Pearson in March 2018 when he passed the unnamed guard (right) on his way out
Robinson replies: ‘Thanks man, cheers a lot.’
The guard adds: ‘Great stuff, great stuff. Keep up the good work.’
The visit came just two months before Robinson live-streamed a video which featured defendants in an Asian sex grooming trial and put the case at risk of collapse.
In the clip, Robinson can be seen shaking hands with the guard who says: ‘I follow you on YouTube and stuff’
The visit came just two months before Robinson live-streamed a video which featured defendants in an Asian sex grooming trial and put the case at risk of collapse. Pictured: Robinson in November 2019
From apprentice aircraft engineer to controversial right-wing figure, who is Tommy Robinson?
Tommy Robinson describes himself as a ‘journalist, activist and public figure fighting for the forgotten people of the UK’. He was an apprentice aircraft engineer at Luton Airport until he mistakenly got into a drunken fight with a man who turned out to be an off-duty police officer and was jailed for a year.
The 36-year-old founded the English Defence League in 2009, taking the name of a renowned football hooligan from his home town of Luton.
He quit the EDL in 2013 as he admitted the group was suffering from ‘dangers of far-right extremism’.
He pledged to work with Maajid Nawaz, co-founder of the Quilliam Foundation, to help reform Islam and fight extremism by working with Muslims in the UK.
But after their relationship deteriorated, he founded Pegida UK in 2015.
It is named after the German group Pegida, which stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident.
That same year he published his autobiography Enemy of the State.
He is also the joint author of Mohammed’s Koran: Why Muslims Kill for Islam, which was published in 2017.
From 2017 to 2018, he worked for The Rebel Media, a Canadian right-wing news website founded by Ezra Levant.
On May 25 last year, Robinson live-streamed outside the Leeds trial and his contempt of court case ensued.
He has served custodial sentences for assault, using false travel documents, and mortgage fraud.
In December 2018, Ukip leader Gerard Batten appointed Mr Yaxley-Lennon as an adviser on rape gangs and prison reform, causing the party’s former leader Nigel Farage to quit in protest.
He visited Lord Pearson again in October 2018 after when he was released on bail over his contempt of court case because it was ‘too complex.’
In the second meeting, Robinson tucked in to a silver service meal, and is said to have drank expensive white wine over two and a half hours in the Barry Room under the Lords Chamber.
He was also joined by then-Ukip leader Gerard Batten and Canadian shock jock Ezra Levant.
Almost a year on from this meeting, after new contempt of court proceedings, he was found guilty in July 2019 and jailed for nine months.
However in September, he walked free after serving just two months of the sentence, reduced to 19 weeks because of time served.
A UK Parliament spokesperson said: ‘We are looking into this, but we cannot comment on individual HR matters.’
Last month a judge ruled that video footage of Robinson allegedly attacking a man outside a stadium will be used as evidence in a court bid to ban him from England football matches.
Bedfordshire Police are working with the UK Football Policing Unit in an attempt to hand Robinson, 37, a football banning order.
The order would see the EDL founder barred from attending England games in the UK and abroad.
The clips included footage appearing to show Robinson punching a man outside a football stadium in Portugal and of him appearing to assault a man at Ascot, the district judge said.
After the incident in Portugal, which was widely circulated on social media, Robinson claimed he was acting in self-defence.
Lawyers acting for Robinson claimed that video footage relied on by the police was ‘unreliable and unfair’ and should be excluded as evidence in the case.
The court previously heard Robinson was caught on camera ‘swinging’ at a man who was knocked to the ground ahead of England’s 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands in the Portuguese city of Guimaraes in the Nations League semi-final on Thursday June 6.
Last month a judge ruled that video footage of Robinson allegedly attacking a man outside a stadium will be used as evidence in a court bid to ban him from England football matches. Pictured: Robinson arriving at Luton Magistrates Court
Timeline of the Tommy Robinson contempt of court case
May 25, 2018: Robinson is jailed for 13 months for contempt of court after Facebook Live protest outside a trial in Leeds.
May 27, 2018: Sentence sparks protests in London including outside Downing Street.
July 18, 2018: Robinson launches appeal.
August 1, 2018: Judges order his release and say he must face new hearing.
September 27, 2018: A new contempt of court case at the Old Bailey is adjourned after Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC asks for written submissions from all parties.
October 19, 2018: The Huddersfield grooming case is fully reported after the conclusion of all the trials.
October 23, 2018: After considering submissions, judge says case is ‘too complex’ and evidence must be considered by Attorney General.
March 7, 2019: Attorney General decides the case should be reheard.
May 14, 2019: High Court judges rule he will face new contempt of court proceedings
July 5, 2019: Robinson is found guilty of contempt of court
July 11, 2019: Robinson is jailed for nine months for contempt of court. Because of time previously served, his sentence was reduced to 27 weeks – and he would have to serve half before being released
September 13 2019: Robinson is released from Belmarsh prison after serving nine weeks
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