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EDL leaders leave group

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has left the group as he no longer wants to be the "public face for fascists".

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English Defence League leaders 'quit group'

The anti-extremism organisation Quilliam claims it has helped English Defence League leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll to leave the group.

English Defence leaders Kevin Carroll (left) and Tommy Robinson Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A press release from Quilliam claims the pair have decided to leave the group because they "feel they can no longer keep extremist elements at bay".

It cites Tommy Robinson as saying: "I have been considering this move for a long time because I recognise that, though street demonstrations have brought us to this point, they are no longer productive.

"I acknowledge the dangers of far-right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.”

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