Tommy Robinson has described his departure from the English Defence League (EDL) as a "step forward, not a step back".
Mr Robinson and Kevin Carroll, who set up the controversial group in 2009, announced their withdrawal from the EDL today.
In his first interview since the announcement, Mr Robinson said while he wants to lead a revolution against Islamist ideology, he does not want to lead a revolution against Muslims.
He said his decision to leave the group was to be true to what he stands for.
"When some moron lifts up his top and he's got the picture of a mosque saying boom and it's all over the national newspapers, it's me," he said.
"It's when I pick up my kids from school and the parents are looking at me, judging me on that. And that's not what I've stood for and my decision to do this is to be true to what I stand for.
"And whilst I want to lead a revolution against Islamist ideology, I don't want to lead a revolution against Muslims."