Tommy Robinson failed in his bid to become an MEP and people couldn't help but laugh at him

Andy Gregory
Monday 27 May 2019 11:00
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After what can only have been a draining few weeks campaigning on the streets of Britain, meeting widespread resistance and dodging milkshakes along the way, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon aka Tommy Robinson was to face one final indignation in his European election effort.

The independent MEP ran a divisive campaign for the North West England candidacy that ultimately failed, as he came in eighth place with less than 39,000 votes.

As the votes were announced on Sunday night, the EDL founder’s demise was met with resounding laughter.

Sadly, Robinson wasn’t there to see it as he had already fled the scene, citing government “interference” as the reason for his defeat.

He was referring to the social media ban imposed upon him by companies like Facebook and Twitter.

He told reporters at the count in Manchester:

Trump won his campaign on social media. Brexit was won on social media. I’m banned from social media.

So my ability to fight a fair campaign is gone, orchestrated and organised by the government. I feel like I have been fighting with my hands tied behind my back.

While 38,000 votes for a far-right candidate is still worryingly high, it amounted to only 2.2 per cent of the total vote in the region.

Many were delighted with the result nonetheless.

The anti-Islam campaigner also lost his £5,000 deposit.

This journalist pointed out that in his defeat Robinson admitted that no-platforming actually works.

While Robinson will doubtless be upset, at least he might save on dry cleaning.

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