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Bishop tells ‘Tommy Robinson’ he’s not welcome in Burnley

AN ANGLICAN bishop has told far-right election candidate “Tommy Robinson” to stay away from a Lancashire town.

The candidate for the European Parliament in the North West, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is mounting a speaking tour of towns and cities in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

But every visit has been confronted by anti-racists opposing his message of hate. Mr Yaxley-Lennon has also been doused in milkshake.

One recent visit was countered by an anti-racist repeatedly chanting “Robinson is a nazi” through a loudhailer while standing directly in front of the founder of the English Defence League.

Robinson intends to visit Burnley on Tuesday.

Bishop of Burnley the Rt Rev Philip North is among signatories to a public statement opposing the visit.

It says: “We call upon our communities to reject the politics of division and hate. Yaxley-Lennon’s far-right political views are not welcome in our great towns.”

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