Tommy Robinson delivers petition to Downing Street calling for more 'freedom' in the Armed Forces

Tommy Robinson

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tommy Robinson delivered a petition to Downing Street today calling for more "freedom" in the Armed Forces, after a solider was discharged when a picture of him and the EDL founder was posted online.

Mr Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, handed in the petition to Number 10 accompanied by former UKIP MEP, Janice Atkinson, and war veteran Alan, who travelled from Tunbridge Wells for the occasion.

The petition followed the 'I Am Solider X' campaign, which began in response to the solider being discharged over the photo with Mr Robinson, which was taken at a motorway service station, and was later posted on Mr Robinson's Facebook page.

As a result of the campaign, Mr Robinson said the solider had been reinstated and had now finished his military training.



Speaking to talkRADIO, Mr Robinson said: "This is about stopping and preventing a soldier from being discharged from having a photo taken with a journalist.

"What we wanted to achieve is the simple message to our Armed Forces that the people who served before you, sacrificed their lives to give freedom, and that freedom should be enjoyed by all of our personnel.  

"The freedom to stand at a bus stop or a service station, have a photograph with someone."


'This wasn't about Tommy Robinson'

He added that the petition had been signed by "hundreds of thousands" of people.

"Those people were ready to become part of a movement in anything we had to do. If we were going to have to protest, if we were going to have to take legal costs, we put solicitors in contact with six members of our Armed Forces who they were going to try to discipline. 

“This was about the public, this wasn’t about Tommy Robinson, this was about the freedom of members of our Armed Forces."