Tommy Robinson: Former EDL leader blames 'establishment' as his website is taken offline
EDL founder says move is part of attempts to 'shut him up'
Tommy Robinson’s website appears to have been taken down.
The far right anti-Islam activist announced on social media he was working on a new site amid an effort by the “establishment” to try to “shut me up”.
“They have taken my site down,” he said early on Monday, though it was unclear who exactly the English Defence League (EDL) founder was referring to.
The Independent was unable on Monday to access Robinson’s website, which is hosted by US company GoDaddy.
Robinson and GoDaddy have been contacted for comment.
It comes after Robinson – real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – hinted he would attempt to enter mainstream politics as a Ukip parliamentary candidate.
Speaking at a Brexit “betrayal” rally in London earlier this month, Robinson admitted he had never voted but said his supporters “need a political voice”.
The 35-year-old was recruited in November by Ukip leader Gerard Batten as an adviser to the party, sparking an exodus among senior figures, including Nigel Farage.
The removal of the site follows PayPal's decision to ban Robinson because he failed to meet the online payments system’s user guidelines.
“We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory,” the company said in a statement.