ANTI-FASCIST protestors are planning a rally this weekend against Tommy Robinson’s visit to Barrow.

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) is protesting alongside Barrow Trade Council on Saturday to oppose the visit of far-right activist Mr Robinson, who is set to visit Barrow on Thursday.

This weekend’s protest rallying point will take place at the Spirit of Barrow statue in Dalton Road, starting from 11am to 12.30pm.

Mr Robinson, 36, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is holding his visit next week as part of his northwest tour of England for his bid to become one of the region’s eight elected Members in the European Parliament (MEPs).

Northwest regional organiser for UAF Paul Jenkins said: “On Saturday our organisation will be holding a peaceful protest of unity, while also rejecting racism and fascism.

“We want to get through to everyone they have to use their vote to make sure this far-right fascist does not become an MEP - because he only needs eight percent.

“Many will argue that by protesting we’re against freedom of speech, which is not true.

“Freedom of speech has limitations when it is used for hate speech and racism, especially from a man who has a history marching with Polish nationals to promote fascist movements.”

Barrow’s independent MP John Woodcock said: “This fraudster and serial thug has a list of convictions as long as your arm and doesn’t stand up for anyone except himself.

“Mr Yaxley-Lennon’s bid to become a Member of the European Parliament is just the latest attempt to get a platform for his message of hate and division.

“The overwhelming majority of people in our community will reject his attempts to stir up trouble and our message to him is to stay away.”

UKIP Barrow chairman, Colin Rudd said: “Mr Robinson has a right to be heard.

“The left-wing lunatics have infiltrated the trade council and it’s got to the point where if you oppose their view, you’re silenced.”

The UAF are also planning a second march on Thursday.