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‘Loathsome’ Tommy Robinson slammed after dining in parliament

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The Speaker of the House of Commons has called Tommy Robinson a “loathsome, obnoxious, repellent individual” after pictures surfaced of him dining in parliament.

Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, went for lunch in the House of Lords on Tuesday, with pictures published in The Sun newspaper.

Earlier that day, the English Defence League founder had been at the Old Bailey for a hearing which saw the contempt of court case against him referred to the attorney general.

John Bercow was asked to raise the matter with his Lords counterpart by Scottish National Party MP Stewart McDonald in a point of order after Prime Minister’s Questions.

Mr McDonald, who represents Glasgow South, said Robinson was a “violent, racist thug and fraudster” who should not have been invited to “walk amongst us on the parliamentary estate”.

He told the Commons: “It’s entirely correct that members of both Houses engage in robust, political debate around the parliamentary estate.

“But today we have learned that yesterday the violent, racist thug and fraudster known as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, or Tommy Robinson, was invited on to the estate and wined and dined in the House of Lords yesterday.

“I understand that sometimes we have to engage in views that one might not agree with, but surely, surely the fact that a man who is as guilty as he is – on stirring up racial hatred, organising violent, thuggish crimes around the country, setting up the EDL and everything that comes with it – crosses a line.

“And such a person shouldn’t be invited to walk amongst us on the parliamentary estate.”

Mr Bercow replied: “First, I share his assessment of the individual concerned: a loathsome, obnoxious, repellent individual and I make no bones about my view being the same as his on that front.

“Secondly, however, and this is the procedurally significant point, the question of who might be invited to dine in the other place is outside of my remit.

“I always appreciate the enthusiasm of (Mr McDonald) for extending my reach and scope; however, this is a matter for the other place.”

He added: “My advice to him is that if he wishes to pursue the matter he should in the first instance, both as a matter of courtesy and of practicality, write to the Lord Speaker to register his views.”

According to The Sun, Robinson had a “boozy” three-course lunch with UKIP peer Lord Pearson and party leader Gerard Batten.

In a post on Instagram, Robinson denied suggestions “expensive red and white wine flowed” during the meal, saying: “Boozy lunch? I was drinking water.”

Mr Batten tweeted: “More lies from the Sun. It was no boozy lunch – the booze flowed at the Red Lion in Whitehall after lunch. And no red wine was served.

“The MSM should be telling the truth about how the Judge dropped the case like a hot brick when he read Tommy’s statement.”

Robinson was released from prison in August after three judges quashed a contempt of court finding at Leeds Crown Court.

However, he could be imprisoned again if he is again found in contempt for filming people in a Huddersfield grooming trial in Leeds and streaming the footage on social media.

Robinson denies the charge and was released on bail at Tuesday’s hearing.

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