The leaders of the local Labour, Tory and Conservative groups wrote to Theresa May on Friday, asking for her support should they choose to pursue a ban on the march.
Councillors Hazel Simmons, David Franks and Michael Garrett wrote: “We recognise that a ‘banning order’ on the EDL and counter demonstrators, would not prohibit them from holding a static demonstration. [But these people would even ban static demonstrations if they could. It is British law, not their respect for the freedom of speech and congregation, that is stopping them banning the EDL. The further left these politicians and councillors are, the more likely they will believe in banning the EDL completely.]
“However a march is – in our opinion – provocative and not conducive to the public good at this time and would risk serious disorder. [Only if UAF, MDL, etc. are allowed to demonstrate as well, and thus attempt to provoke EDL members – which they have done at all EDL demos.]