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BRITAIN FIRST’S “stunt” declaration that over 5,000 members have joined the Tories shows just how favourably the far-right views the Prime Minister, Unite Against Fascism (UAF) warned yesterday.
The far-right hate group claimed their supporters were attracted by Boris Johnson’s “negative attitude towards Islam,” according to the Guardian.
Britain First’s spokeswoman Ashlea Simon, who was among senior figures recently investigated by counterterrorism police, said: “We will support a party that is willing to take a firm stance against radical Islam and it looks like the Tories are willing to do that.”
Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen were imprisoned last year for hate crimes.
The group also said that it had a membership of 7,500. However, Hope not Hate estimates that the group actually has a membership of approximately 1,000.
In response to the claim of such a relatively high membership, UAF tweeted: “Yeah, and the moon is made of cheese.”
UAF national campaigner Paul Sillett told the Star: “Britain First are notorious for their fake, fascist ‘news.’ They have less than 500 members if that.
“This latest publicity stunt though shows how favourably the far-right view Boris Johnson. It follows, of course, fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’s’ backing of Johnson.
“The Johnson regime’s support for Trump shows their racist, populist approach. Anti-fascists and anti-racists will need to undercut state racism energetically in 2020 while checking any potential far-right revival.”
Britain First’s support for Mr Johnson, who recently backed out of an inquiry into Islamophobia within his party, follows approval from far-right demagogue Stephen Yaxley Lennon — known by his stage name Tommy Robinson — as well as Mr Golding.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: “The far-right is on the rise, emboldened by a Prime Minister who has divided our communities. We will never let them win.”
And shadow chancellor John McDonnell wrote: “This is the result of a long history of the calculated use of racism by Johnson.
“The message is that the Conservative Party under him is a safe place for racists, especially targeting Muslims.”
He also claimed: “Britain First now makes up a sizeable proportion of its members.”
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