The Independent|January 21, 2022
Tommy Robinson is facing an investigation by an independent insolvency expert who has been appointed in a bid to recover an estimated £2m the far-right activist owes creditors.

The English Defence League founder, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, declared himself bankrupt last March but antiracism campaign group Hope not hate (HNH) believes he has access to assets worth up to an estimated £3m. Robinson lost a libel case last year after falsely accusing a Syrian refugee schoolboy of attacking a girl and was ordered by a judge to pay £100,000. In addition, he owes an estimated £1.5m in legal costs for the teenager’s lawyers.

Other creditors include HMRC, a former business partner and Barrow-in-Furness borough council, according to HNH. The campaign group is fundraising to pay for the cost of the insolvency expert, Nigel Heath Sinclair, of Richard Long & Co, who was appointed earlier this month to locate funds or assets before March 3 – the date at which Robinson is due to be discharged from bankruptcy.

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