Tommy Robinson ‘deal’ with a Tory hopeful to stop EDL protest exposed

L13-274 Tommy Robinson, Stephen Lennon, leader of the EDL, just out of prison.'Sally-anne Stewart'JR 10'6.3.13 ENGPNL00120130603102229
L13-274 Tommy Robinson, Stephen Lennon, leader of the EDL, just out of prison.'Sally-anne Stewart'JR 10'6.3.13 ENGPNL00120130603102229
  • Tommy Robinson helped secretly film candidate
  • Afzal Amin has now been suspended
  • Offer to pay EDL members
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Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson secretly filmed a plot by a key Tory Election candidate to stir up racial hatred in a bid to win votes.

Afzal Amin hatched a scheme to persuade the English Defence League to announce a march against a new £18million ‘mega-mosque’ in Dudley. But according to secretly filmed footage obtained by The Mail on Sunday – the plan was that the demonstration would never actually go ahead and Amin would claim the credit and votes.

Afzal Amin has now been suspended by the Tory party pending investigation.

But his plot was filmed by Tommy Robinson - who set up the EDL in Luton in 2009 - who blew the whistle on Amin’s scheme.

Amin outlined his plan at an Indian restaurant in Birmingham on Monday.

There he made an apparent offer to Robinson and current EDL chairman Steve Eddowes to covertly pay EDL members to canvass on his behalf.

A Tory spokesman said: ‘Following an emergency meeting, it has been decided unanimously to suspend him as a candidate with immediate effect. The Conservative Party views this as a matter of extremely serious concern.’

Amin elaborated on his plot in a phone call on Wednesday and in a second meeting at a branch of Pizza Express in London on Thursday.

At that meeting, Amin explained how he wanted Robinson to pay EDL supporters to canvass on his behalf. ‘I’ll put it to you bluntly. I need two white working class lads to go round those area to say to people, “You support the Army, if you support the troops then vote for this guy”. That’s what I need.