A British MEP has warned that Tommy Robinson – real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – poses a potential “security risk” to the European Parliament after being appointed as a personal advisor to UKIP’s leader Gerard Batten.
Labour’s Seb Dance has raised concerns about Robinson’s access to the European Parliament.
Seb Dance MEP wrote on twitter: “I have written to the European President about UKIP’s appointment of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.
“There are questions over the security implications and the use of EU funds.”
Dance has now asked the Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani to clarify whether Robinson will have access to the European parliament buildings in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg.
The UKIP leader has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2004.
Last week, Batten announced that Robinson had been appointed as an advisor on prison reform and rape gangs.
'Bemused' and 'bogus'
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he would write to UKIP's ruling National Executive Committee to demand a vote of no confidence to remove Batten as leader, saying he was damaging both the party and the Brexit cause.
He described Robinson as "a man who's done four prison sentences, lives under a pseudonym and wherever he goes there's violence".
But Batten defended his decision, saying he was “bemused” that Farage “has such concern for the party now when he walked away two years ago.”
The decision was announced shortly after UKIP's NEC voted not to stage a ballot on whether to allow Robinson to join the party.
Batten attacked the charges against Robinson as “bogus”.
Talking to talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright, Batten said: “I’ve got tremendous faith in the English justice system, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make some terrible mistakes sometimes.
“If you read out his charge sheet, if you read his book Enemy of the State, people who want to do that understand a lot of these charges are not quite kosher, if I can use that word. Some of these charges are a bit bogus.”
Robinson has been jailed three times, once for assault in 2005, again in 2012 for illegally entering the US on a false passport, and once again in 2014 for mortgage fraud.