Tommy Robinson to face fresh contempt of court proceedings, Attorney General rules

Posted On: 
7th March 2019

Tommy Robinson will face fresh contempt of court proceedings, the Attorney General has announced.

Mr Yaxley-Lennon was sentenced after Facebook live streaming in front of Leeds Crown Court in May
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The government’s chief legal advisor Geoffrey Cox said there were “strong grounds” to bring another case against the high-profile far-right activist, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

Mr Yaxley-Lennon was last year sentenced after live streaming on Facebook in front of Leeds Crown Court in May, while an active grooming trial was subject to reporting restrictions.

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The co-founder of the English Defence League was found in contempt of court on 25 May 2018, but his sentence was later quashed in a successful application to the Court of Appeal.

The case was referred to the Attorney late last year by Nicholas Hilliard QC, the Recorder of London.

Mr Cox said: “After carefully considering the details of this case, I have concluded there are strong grounds to bring fresh contempt of court proceedings against Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson).

“As proceedings are now underway, it would not be appropriate to comment further and I remind everyone that it is an offence to comment on live court cases.”

Mr Yaxley-Lennon has been a political advisor to Ukip leader Gerard Batten since November.