Rebecca Long-Bailey and Paul Dennett’s open letter addresses Robinson’s funding and lack of ability to address the real issues people face
Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey and Salford Mayor Paul Dennett have issued an open letter about the planned visit by far-right figure and convicted criminal Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, also known as ‘Tommy Robinson’, to the town:
The letter addresses Robinson’s funding sources – and more importantly the absence of any genuine policies or ideas among the far right to address the real issues of poverty, deprivation and exploitation facing millions of people in this country.
The full text reads:
Salford Labour Party: Statement on Tommy Robinson’s Decision to Visit Salford
Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson) is currently on a tour of the United Kingdom, spreading a message of hatred and division. Tomorrow, he plans to visit Salford.
As representatives of Salford Labour we felt it necessary to make this response. Robinson, who is allegedly funded by foreign-based millionaires and billionaires from around the world, wants people in this country to believe that Muslim people are their enemy.
The same millionaires and billionaires who allegedly fund Robinson (like the US tech-giant Robert Shillman, Donald Trump donor Robert Mercer and American-based thinktanks) don’t have anything to say about the shocking levels of poverty and deprivation faced by people in Salford, from all backgrounds.
These people don’t care that thousands of Salfordians are forced to queue at foodbanks every week. They don’t care that increasing numbers of Salfordians are choosing between heating and eating, struggling to pay the rent, and are stuck in low-paid jobs or even worse, on zero-hours contracts.
Tommy Robinson’s message of division and hatred has no place in Salford, a city characterised by working class unity, community and solidarity.
Salford Labour is proud of this city’s diverse heritage – from the Irish immigration which populated the docklands, to our Yemeni and Jewish communities which have both been here for over 100 years and contributed so much to our city, and more recent communities who flourish and seek sanctuary here. Working people from all backgrounds have more that unites them than divides them.
Robinson, and his sponsors, want you to see Muslim people in this country as your enemy. Really, he is protecting the interests of a small few, against the many.
Perfectly pitched and addresses the real issues this country faces. Whatever questions the people of the UK have, Robinson/Yaxley-Lennon and those like him are not the answer and offer no hope of positive change.
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