EDL leader Tommy Robinson quits right-wing group
The man who has organised a host of EDL marches on east London over recent years has quit his role at the controversial group.
Tommy Robinson announced on Tuesday he was resigning as its leader over concerns of the "dangers of far-right extremism".
In a statement, Robinson said: "I have been considering this move for a long time because I recognise that, though street demonstrations have brought us to this point, they are no longer productive.
"I acknowledge the dangers of far-right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas."
Although greeted with surprise, the move will be welcomed by many in Tower Hamlets who have campaigned against the EDL's annual attempts to march on east London.
The most recent came a month ago and saw 160 people arrested in east London, including Robinson. Earlier the Met Police had banned the EDL from entering the Tower Hamlets.