MEP north-west candidate Tommy Robinson brought his European Election campaign to Ashton Park, Preston last night (May 20)
Around 600 people gathered in Ashton Park from 7pm to hear the MEP candidate deliver a speech ahead of the elections on Thursday, May 23.
Robinson was greeted by supporters waving St George's flags on a sunny evening in Ashton Park. An estimated 600 people attended the event with Robinson claiming that "this is probably the best crowd weve had all across the North West. The far-right activist has taken his campaign to a number of towns and cities in the north-west as he campaigns to become a member of the European Parliament. Robinson was confronted by a number of people who oppose his politics, but there were no reports of disorder or violence. Prior to his speech Robinson held a meet and greet with supporters and invited people to take a selfie with him. Robinson signed glossy pictures of himself for supporters... ...and happily posed for selfies with young supporters. The rally in the Larches area of Ashton Park was well attended with hundreds of people of different ages milling about in the evening sunshine A number of former service men attended the event and discussed "issues and concerns" with Robinson Prior to the event, police had issued a stern warning to both supporters and opponents of Robinson, stating that "disorder would not be tolerated". The event was mostly peaceful, with the exception of a brick thrown at a video screen prior to Robinson taking the stage Robinson took to the stage for about 20 minutes and railed against "the establishment", political correctness and "grooming gangs" According to Robinson, the crowd greeting him in Preston had been the "biggest yet" on his campaign trail, with around 600 people in attendance in Ashton Park Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, 36, from Luton, is standing as an independent candidate for the north-west in the European Parliament elections on Thursday, May 23. Despite running for a seat in the European Parliament, Robinson spent most of the evening railing against his "enemies", including the "establishment" and the media Robinson had allegedly agreed to meet with representatives from Preston's Muslim communities prior to the event, but the meeting failed to go ahead More than 40 people opposing Robinson's politics gathered in Preston's Peace Garden in the city centre for a 'Peace, Love and Milkshake Party'. A 'peaceful protester' enjoys one of the free milkshakes handed out by organisers of the 'Peace, Love and Milkshake Party The protest event in the city centre celebrated "peace, love, diversity and positive vibes", in opposition to Robinson's "divisive politics", said organiser Theo Clarke. Event organiser Theo Clark (left) handed out dozens of free milkshakes to those who joined him in the Peace Garden to oppose Robinson's visit to Preston