Tommy Robinson has been appointed as an adviser to UKIP chief Gerard Batten.

The controversial far-right determine – actual title Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – will advise Mr Batten on jail reform and rape gangs.

Mr Batten hailed the English Defence League founder for having “nice data” in regards to the topics.

In Could, Robinson was jailed for 13 months for contempt of courtroom after he filmed folks concerned in a grooming case.

The sentence was later quashed and the case has been referred to the lawyer normal.

UKIP leader Gerard Batten waves after speaking during the UKIP party conference in Birmingham


Gerard Batten has known as Robinson a ‘tremendously courageous man’

In an announcement, Mr Batten introduced: “I’ve appointed Tommy Robinson to be a private particular adviser on two topics which he has nice data.

“It’s not vital for him to be a celebration member as a way to help me on this position.

“I’m wanting ahead to working with him.”

Mr Batten has tried to get Robinson to affix UKIP and beforehand known as him a “tremendously courageous man”.

“He is achieved numerous issues that I am pleased to say I do not condone, I do not approve of,” Mr Batten stated in October.

Robinson has had a collection of run-ins with the regulation.

Years earlier than he based the EDL in 2009, Robinson was convicted of assaulting an off-duty police officer.

Robinson was additionally imprisoned in 2013 for utilizing another person’s passport to journey to the US and a yr later was jailed for mortgage fraud.

He stated that “going to jail was the very best factor that ever occurred to me” after the passport conviction.

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