The far-right English Defence League has signalled its intention to hold a march in Telford on August 13 2011. The EDL wishes to divide our diverse community, incite religious and racial hatred and turn the borough's citizens against one another. Residents from across the borough, from every section of the community, all faiths and none, have come together to express their opposition to this march taking place. Previous marches in other parts of the country have seen racist activists bussed in from as far afield as Norway and Germany. Alleged links have now emerged between the EDL and Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who massacred scores of people last week. EDL members with their divisive intentions, who have no connection to our local community, should not be permitted to come here and potentially destroy the cohesive atmosphere we have worked hard to sustain.
The EDL are not welcome in Telford, indeed they are not welcome anywhere.