- Quilliam denied claims they would pay ex-EDL leader
- But emails reveal they planned taxpayer-funded bung
- FOI exposes begging letters to Eric Pickles’ department
Having brokered Tommy Robinson’s exit from the EDL, the anti-Islamist Quilliam Foundation faced accusations that the link-up was motivated by their less-than-great financial position. Indeed, Maajid Nawaz is rumoured to have approached at least one other organisation in their sector about the possibility of a merger.
On more than one occasion, Scrapbook has asked Quilliam about the funding ramifications of the EDL coup — and whether thug and fraudster Robinson would be paid for anti-extremism “consultancy”. The last time, they told us:
“Tommy Robinson isn’t doing anything for Quilliam. He’s not a member of staff here … He’s his own man.”
“We do outreach work. Tommy Robinson does other things and he’s not working here.”
But this is hardly consistent with begging emails from Quilliam boss Maajid Nawaz to the head of counter-extremism in DCLG. The following was obtained through freedom of information (FULL DOCUMENT).
And it gets worse — they wanted money specifically for Robinson:
Scrapbook was unable to reach Robinson for comment … because he’s in prison.