Theresa May urged to ban “anti-Islam” campaigners entering UK to speak at EDL rally
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are due to join the march in Woolwich, where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed
Homes Secretary Theresa May was today urged to ban two US “anti-Islam” campaigners from entering Britain to speak at an English Defence League rally.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are due to join the march next Saturday in Woolwich, where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.
Home affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz said they should be denied visas as such incendiary speakers would fuel the fire of hatred.
Mr Vaz said: “I am alarmed that the EDL is planning this type of march in Woolwich. It is clear that the location, motivation and attendees at this march will incite hatred.
“Adding incendiary speakers such as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer just fuels the fire.
Mr Spencer, who founded the website Jihad Watch, and Ms Geller, who leads the American Freedom Defence Initiative, are among three guest speakers.
The third is Anders Gravers, from Stop the Islamisation of Denmark.
Ms Geller said “leftist thugs were strong-arming British authorities to ban us”.
Scotland Yard said that it was aware of the march and would have an appropriate policing plan in place.
A Home Office spokesman said that Mrs May would be “responding in due course”.