Tommy Robinson praises Dominic Cummings as he claims to have joined the Tories

Tommy Robinson leaving court. Photograph: Kirsty O'Connor/PA.

Tommy Robinson leaving court. Photograph: Kirsty O'Connor/PA. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Far-right activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon - known as Tommy Robinson - has claimed to have joined the Conservatives after its election win.

In a message to his subscribers on messaging service Telegram he wrote: "OK, I have just joined the Conservative Party.

"Good work everyone that went out and voted for the Conservatives today.

"We have just thwarted our country becoming a socialist dump."

Yaxley-Lennon also praised Boris Johnson's key adviser Dominic Cummings.

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He said: "Your country salutes you."

The founding member of the English Defence League, who was once an adviser to UKIP's Gerard Batten, previously endorsed Johnson.

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Speaking outside court where he was accused of libelling a Syrian refugee, he said: "Everyone should vote for Boris Johnson.

"If we want Brexit… if we believe in democracy, we have to have Brexit, so yeah, go Boris!"

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