‘EDL should compensate firms’

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ORGANISERS of the English Defence League march in Rotherham should compensate business for the ‘economic damage’ caused by the event, the town’s MP has said.

Labour’s Denis MacShane, who attended a rival Unite Against Fascism demonstration, for which police have received a complaint against him over swearing, estimates Rotherham town centre businesses lost up to £300,000 in trade. He has now written to Home Office minister Damien Green.

In his letter, Mr MacShane said: “We need to examine the need for the EDL to pay for the economic damage they caused Rotherham.

“There is also a rise in attacks on British Muslims linked to the EDL and there is a need to examine the financial backers of the EDL and why the EDL was allowed to dictate the march route.”