A former member of Britain First has denounced the organisation and visited a mosque to apologise to the Muslim community he says they demonise.
I'm ex Britain First I have been an unwitting twat and let my beliefs be manipulated to further a opposite agenda. The making up starts now— Matthew Lionheart (@WrestlingBoy88) November 9, 2014
Matthew Lester, 25, joined the group six months ago to protest radical preachers such as Anjem Choudry but soon became disillusioned with the group.
He told the Huffington Post: "I thought it was for the people but found out it was more about publicity. Basically it was publicity stunts more than getting anything done and tackling issues.
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#unity starts now— Matthew Lionheart (@WrestlingBoy88) November 9, 2014
"They're not just going after extremists, they're going after Muslims."
To make amends Lester visited Crayford Mosque to apologise.
One of the people I spoke to for a few hours 1 of the nicest ppl you will meet pic.twitter.com/v3jLqgiAWj— Matthew Lionheart (@WrestlingBoy88) November 9, 2014
He said: "I went in there and took my shoes and hat off and they said Allah knows what's in your heart and we can tell by the way you came down here and apologised."
Spent 2 hours in the mosque with some very nice people & my apology was accepted we got on very well— Matthew Lionheart (@WrestlingBoy88) November 9, 2014
The experience has spurred him to further action and he has plans about to how to make an even bigger difference.
He said: "I want to speak to Sikhs, Hindus and Jews now to show that we're all united together.
"We're all human and we all have separate beliefs and that's fine."
If I do something for charity or the good of my heart I don't need pics or videos I can remember the look of joy that's me happy— Matthew Lionheart (@WrestlingBoy88) November 9, 2014
Lester's actions are already making waves on social media.
Didn't quite believe it at first but wow, good on him. This is what I like to see.
(see last RT's) pic.twitter.com/oJLEzmT3gO— J. Ali (@junayed_) November 9, 2014
@WrestlingBoy88 respect— Jack Mcglen (@jmcglen) November 9, 2014
Britain First rose to prominence through a series of bizarre and mostly flawed attempts to stir up anti-Muslim hatred, most notably in starting 'Christian Patrols' on the streets of London.
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