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Thursday, 10 February 2011

The English Defence League postpone Birmingham protest

- by Kat Keogh, Birmingham Mail, Feb 10 2011

FAR right group the English Defence League (EDL) has cancelled a demonstration due to take place in Birmingham next month.

The anti-Islamist group had planned to march in the city on March 19 – the same day Wolverhampton Wanderers play Aston Villa at Villa Park.

But a message posted on the EDL’s Facebook group said the march had been postponed due to “clashing football fixtures”.

The post read: “The English Defence League has decided to postpone the Birmingham demonstration due to certain football fixtures clashing on the same dates, we will be giving a new date for it soon.”

Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police could have applied to Home Secretary Theresa May to prevent the protest, amid fears that security measures could cost more than £1 million.

Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood said: “I am happy that the EDL will not be coming to Birmingham on a day which will be very difficult to resource, but this is a postponement and if they do return to Birmingham, the safety issue will remain, as will the cost of policing when budgets are stretched.”

1 comment:

  1. Khalid Mahmood: (Birmingham Mail) "Khalid Mahmood owed the Commons authorities more than £8,000 until he settled his account.
    The dubious honour was bestowed on the Perry Barr MP in figures published under the Freedom of Information Act."

    "BIRMINGHAM MP Khalid Mahmood has warned the Pakistan cricket scandal could hit appeals for the country’s flood victims."(Does not condemn the scandal tho'!!)

    "Khalid Mahmood, a Labour MP, claimed hundreds of pounds to stay at a five-star hotel in London with his girlfriend and charged the taxpayer on his second home allowance." Telegraph

    So KM, as far as money is concerned, you'd better STFU!!