Our former reporter, Tommy Robinson, is finally getting a proper appeal, in court, in London, on Wednesday, July 18.
As you know, Tommy was reporting live outside a court house in Leeds, in the north of England, outside a trial where 27 men and two women were being prosecuted for running a rape gang, targeting British girls as young as 11. These rape gangs are almost always Muslim. And the victims are almost always white girls, sometimes with some Sikh girls, too.
And then police swooped in to arrest him.
Tommy was prosecuted for contempt of court, convicted in less than 15 minutes, and sentenced to 13 months in prison.
But on July 18, there will finally be an appeal.
And Tommy has specifically asked me to go to London to report on it.
I’ll file a video report before and after court, and during every break in court — lunch break, coffee breaks, whatever. And if it’s allowed, I’ll report, on Twitter, during the hearing itself — I’ll have to check to make sure that’s allowed.
And what can you do? I have three specific things.
Number one — send Tommy a letter! He likes them, because otherwise he’d go mad in his cell, 23.5 hours a day. Go to EmailAPrisoner.com, and address your letter to: Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, Prisoner A2084CG, Onley Prison
Second — if you haven’t already, chip in to his legal defence fund at SaveTommy.com; 100 per cent of those funds go to his lawyer, and any surplus goes to his family.
The third thing — and this is a fun thing, and it’s a free thing: Download the Tommy Robinson ring tone for your phone!
And the fourth thing would be a favour to me. Tommy wants me to go to London, and I will. But he told me with less than week’s notice, so the airfare was expensive, and so was the hotel room: More than $2,500, even though I booked economically on Expedia. I’ve set up a separate crowdfund to get me over there to report, at TommyTrial.com. If you can help me cover my flight and hotel, I’d be grateful.
I’m actually not doing this for Tommy as a person. I like him, I like his family, we’re chums. But I’m going there for the larger cause that he champions, for the girls he stands up for.
Without him, I feel like the lights are going out in the UK.
And that’s just not something any of us want to see...
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