Yorkshire MP slams police for cancelling LGBT event for far-right EDL rally

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A Yorkshire MP has slammed police after she claimed the force cancelled an LGBT event to make way for an EDL Rally

The MP for Rotherham Sarah Champion tweeted: "Furious! Our inaugural #LGBT event has been cancelled as @syptweet didn't realise townhall booked when they agreed EDL rally at same place!"

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: "

"A protest is expected to take place on Saturday 25th February 2016 from 2pm until 4pm starting with a muster point at Main Street, followed by a short procession up Westgate and Ship Hill to the Town Hall where speeches will take place.

"We have engaged with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council at every stage of the planning including during discussions about protest routes.

"We recognise the cumulative impact the repeated protests have on the communities of Rotherham and are resolute in our determination to keep communities safe from harm.

"Whilst we are obliged to facilitate peaceful protests, we are clear in our determination to work with partners to prevent crime and disorder and minimise disruption to the community. To this end, strict conditions have been imposed on timings, numbers and locations."