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EDL Leader Tommy Robinson Recruits 'Army Sergeant' To Do Help For Heroes Walk

29/05/2013 14:09 BST | Updated 29/05/2013 16:10 BST
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson speaks to supporters during a rally outside Downing Street on May 27, 2013 in London, England. The EDL are protesting what the group sees as a lack of support and protection given to British troops following the terror attack last week, in which soldier Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered in a knife and machete attack by two Muslim men outside Woolwich Barracks. A counter demonstration is planned by the group Unite Against Facism as tensions run high across certain communities. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

EDL leader Tommy Robinson is hoping to get round the ban on donating to Help for Heroes in aid of murdered Lee Rigby by recruiting a serving Army sergeant to walk in his place.

Robinson was thwarted in his attempt to raise money for the armed forces charity after they said they could not accept money from political groups.

His new plan may also run into obstacles as the Ministry of Defence told the Huffington Post UK serving soldiers could not be affiliated in fundraising endeavours with groups with a political agenda.

A spokesperson said:

"Regular Service personnel are not to take any active part in the affairs of any political organisation, party or movement and they are not to participate in political marches or demonstrations.

"Racism of any kind is completely unacceptable. It impacts on operational effectiveness by damaging individual morale and team cohesion."

A JustGiving page, that details exactly the same walk as Robinson is planning, has been set up in the name of Glen Hughes, who appears to be a Colour Sergeant in the Army.

Robinson will still be present on the walk "carrying [Hughes'] refreshments and following his footsteps stick 2 fingers up at political correctness", the EDL leader said, according to the group's Facebook page.

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The JustGiving page

The EDL leader also announced on Twitter that Hughes was to replace him on the walk.

Help for Heroes would comment on whether they would accept the funds raised by the walk.