Tommy Robinson has said he wants to become a Ukip MEP at next month’s European elections. The founder of the EDL – who now acts as an adviser to the group – said he would love to throw a ‘spanner in the works’ of the EU parliament.
Addressing his followers, the far-right figure declared: ‘On this EU MEP vote, what do you think would throw a spanner amongst works (sic) more than anything?
‘What do you think they dread more than anything – they would dread it more than Nigel Farage walking in there – would be Tommy Robinson walking in as an elected official into the European Union.
‘If you want to bring the house down, that’s one way.’
Robinson has been courted by current leader Gerard Batten and is now an adviser on rape gangs and prison reform.
However, his appointment has seen a string of MEPs quit the party, including former leader Nigel Farage who said the party was becoming ‘obsessed with Islam’.
Batten has been forced to defend the appointment, declaring that Robinson has saved the party ‘from oblivion.’
However, there is a major ‘spanner in the works’ for Robinson’s ambitions in that Ukip’s executive refuse to let him become a member.
As a founder of the hate-filled English Defence League, he is not eligible to join under current rules monitored by the National Executive Committee (NEC) Batten wants members to vote on admitting Robinson to the party but that was delayed by the Brexit chaos – meaning he can’t stand.
The EU agreed to delay Brexit until October 31 – but that means the UK must field candidates in the elections on 23 May.
The main parties are hastily gathering up their teams and Ukip will announced their short list of 73 people later on 12 April.
Among those rumoured to have made the shortlist are two controversial Youtube activists. Mark Meechan was fined £800 after training a dog to give a Nazi salute and has announced he will stand.
Carl Benjamin is also lined up as a potential candidate despite being accused of triggering rape threats against Labour MP Jess Phillips on Twitter.