EDL has a new leadership

The English Defence League’s regional organisers met last night to discuss the crisis arising from the shock resignation earlier this week of Stephen Lennon and Kevin Carroll. They have issued a statement announcing that the EDL will now be run by a national committee comprising all the ROs, with Tim Ablitt appointed as the EDL’s chairman.

Ablitt hit the news back in 2010 when he and a number of other Dorset EDL members were arrested in connection with a suspected bomb plot against a Bournemouth mosque, although all were later released without charge. In 2011 Ablitt led an EDL protest against the “entrapment of the youth of Weymouth by extremist Muslims” – in a town where there are 308 Muslims out of a total population of 65,167 (0.5%).

He later became Dorset organiser for the now defunct far-right British Freedom party.