RIGHT-wing activist Tommy Robinson hit headlines last year after clashing with Piers Morgan on GMB in the wake of the Finsbury Park mosque attack.
No sooner had the dust settled he was caught on film punching a man in the head at Royal Ascot and now he claims to have been 'beaten up' outside a London McDonalds. But who is he? Here’s everything we know about the former EDL leader.
Who is Tommy Robinson? What's his background?
Tommy Robinson, 34, is a controversial right-wing political activist from Luton, Beds.
His real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, but he has been known to use several aliases, including Andrew McMaster and Paul Harris.
Robinson is the former leader of the English Defence League (EDL), a right-wing street protest movement.
The group – which he co-founded but left several years ago – are opposed to the spread of “militant Islam”.
He headed the group from 2009 until October 8, 2013 when he was persuaded to leave the organisation after speaking with anti-extremist think tank Quilliam.
Robinson later went on to claim he was paid £2,000 per month for Quilliam to take credit for his leaving the EDL.
In 2015, he was also involved with the founding of the UK branch of German anti-Islamist pressure group Pegida.
But he stepped down from his role with this organisation as well, saying he wanted it to be more “middle-class” than the EDL.
He also has a criminal record with convictions for a number of offences, including football-related violence, trying to travel on false documents and a protest against Fifa’s decision to stop the England football team wearing poppies on their shirts.
He has been to prison on multiple occasions.
Recently he was captured on film repeatedly punching a man in the head at Royal Ascot.
He now works as a journalist for Canadian right-wing news organisation The Rebel Media and owns a sunbed shop in his home town of Luton.
What happened with Piers Morgan on GMB?
Piers Morgan attacked Robinson for being a “bigoted lunatic stirring up hatred” as he clashed with the right-wing activist on GMB.
As Robinson pulled out a copy of the Koran, Piers blasted him, saying: “Show some damn respect for people’s religious beliefs.
“You’re sounding like a complete lunatic. You’re sounding like a bigoted lunatic.
“You’re stirring up hatred. You’re being a complete disgrace.”
Holding up the Koran, Robinson branded it a “violent and cursed book” and said: “This book is the reason we are in such a mess.”
Piers responded: “We’re in this mess because people take Islam, they are terrorists and they abuse the nature of Islam and… perpetrate evil.”
And the former EDL leader refused to accept Islam was a religion, saying: “Islam is an idea – a bad idea.”
Right-wing activist Robinson appeared on the show after being slammed for a tweet he posted yesterday accusing Finsbury Park Mosque of “creating terrorists” – just one hour after a group of Muslims were mowed down in the area.
Robinson branded the terror attack, in which Darren Osborne allegedly ploughed into the worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare Centre in Finsbury Park, a “revenge attack”, saying: “I’ve warned for yrs what u will create”.
Was Tommy Robinson 'beaten up' outside McDonalds?
Tommy Robinson alleged he was "violently attacked by left wing extremists" outside a McDonald's in London on March 10, 2018 .
The firebrand ex-leader of the English Defence League tweeted about an alleged scrap he got into in the capital.
A video appears to show him being confronted by a gang near the fast food outlet.
It is not thought he was seriously hurt.
Caolan Robertson, a video producer, said Robinson was "being violently attacked in London by violent, left wing extremists".
The gang has not been identified.