Tommy Robinson attempts to confront SNP MP who accused him of 'inciting racial hatred'

Tommy Robinson attempts to confront SNP MP who accused him of 'inciting racial hatred'

Tommy Robinson films outside the Pollokshaw Library in Glasgow, where police prevent him from entering. Image: Tommy Robinson/Facebook

Friday, January 18, 2019

Tommy Robinson attempted to confront an SNP MP outside a library in Glasgow, resulting in Stewart McDonald, the MP for Glasgow South, calling the police.

Mr McDonald declared Robinson “guilty of inciting racial hatred” last year in the House of Commons, and Speaker John Bercow called him a “loathsome, obnoxious, repellent individual”.

The MP and the Speaker were discussing how UKIP peer Lord Pearson invited Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, to lunch at the House of Lords.

 

'Lies'

Tommy Robinson with police outside the library. Image: Tommy Robinson/Facebook

Robinson posted a video on Facebook, accompanied by text explaining his objections to Mr McDonald’s comments.

He filmed the live broadcast from outside the Pollokshaw library in Glasgow, where Mr McDonald holds his monthly surgery.

“For too long the media and the establishment have told lies, they have smeared and slandered my name,” Robinson wrote.

“Glasgow South MP Stewart Mcdonald stood and abused his parliamentary privilege. He stated it is a fact that Tommy Robinson is guilty of inciting racial tensions.

“I have never been arrested, let alone convicted for any hate speech, incitement or racial charges.

“So for a respected member of parliament to lie so blatantly, which was then picked up by the media and spread across the world is beyond words.

“Im [sic] fed up of these lies being spread about me so I decided to speak to him in an open meeting that he invites members of the public to ask him questions.

“Mr McDonald called the police and hid from me rather than asking questions.”

 

Police escort

Police can be seen standing at the entrance of the library, preventing Robinson or any members of the public from coming in.

Later in the video, Robinson appears to insinuate he will try and confront the MP again in the morning.

“You can’t hide under your desk forever. I know where you are tomorrow - I know where you are tomorrow morning,” he says.

A man then arrives and attempts to enter the library, saying he has a booking on a computer.

The policeman tells him it is closed to the public, and the man objects, claiming to be an “ex-councillor for the ward” and on the GHA [Glasgow Housing Association] consultative committee”.

After being told he cannot enter the library, and warned by the police not to discuss the personal information of another council member, he says: “You’ve got some criminals to catch, instead of all this PC nonsense”.

Near the end of the broadcast, which is almost an hour long, Mr McDonald comes out of the library flanked by policemen, and does not respond to Robinson asking him to answer “a couple of questions”.

Mr McDonald thanked police on Twitter after the incident, saying his staff and he were “fine”.