A Labour MP has joined calls to stop a pub being taken over by a far-right group.
David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, has backed a petition calling for a council to stop Philip Hickin, who is the leader of the far-right Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA), from becoming the landlord of local pub, The Elmhurst.
Writing on Twitter he said:
The DFLA is a far-right campaign group that purports to oppose Muslim extremism. Endorsed by the ex-leader of UKIP, Gerard Batten, the group has worked with Tommy Robinson and has been addressed by Anne Marie Waters of the anti-Islam For Britain movement.
This new petition, organised by a local branch of the campaign network, Stand up to Racism, is increasing pressure on authorities to act against the group.
The petition says: “We call on Haringey Council to refuse any application from Phil Hickin, or any other member of the DFLA, to run The Elmhurst (or any other pub) in the Borough.
“There is a real danger that this would become a centre for organised racists in the heart of Tottenham. It must not be allowed to happen.”
Hickin has suggested on Twitter that he has agreed to take over the pub, though the proprietor – Star Pubs & Bars – insists that they “haven’t entered into any lease negotiations with any party at this time.”
Given the furore around Hickin’s interest in the establishment, we doubt they’ll open their doors to the DFLA anytime soon.