Bradford Council refuses to back bid to ban English Defence League (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Council refuses to back bid to ban English Defence League
12:09pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
Bradford Council last night refused to support the banning of the English Defence League (EDL).
But Council leader David Green (Lab) said: “I think proscription at this stage is a step too far.” He also slammed the EDL as “racist thugs”.
Coun Glen Miller called the EDL an “abhorrent, racist organisation”, but added: “If they were proscribed tomorrow they would just call themselves something else. Banning them gives them the publicity they need.”
The Council resolved to write to Home Secretary Theresa May calling for an urgent review of whether councils and the police should be given the power to ban violent and racist demonstrations.