Harlow-based film foundation appoints controversial Tommy Robinson as “Goodwill Ambassador”

News / Tue 14th Nov 2017 at 10:25am


AN ORGANISATION run by a Harlow-based entrepreneur has announced that a controversial right wing activist is to be their “Goodwill Ambassador”.

The Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund (MMBF) is run by award-winning Matthew Martino.

Over the years, the MMBF has developed a reputation for giving many aspiring film makers bursaries as they make their way in the world of film.

But the choice of Tommy Robinson as a goodwill ambassador may raise a few eyebrows.

Mr Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon had associations with organisations such as the British National Party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL).

In 2014, he was jailed for eighteen months for mortgage fraud.

The press release from the MMBF states:

“MMBF Trust is pleased to announce Tommy Robinson as the Goodwill Ambassador for our Trust.

A keen supporter of the world of media and the arts, Robinson will be responsible for briefing the Board of Trustees on initiatives within the arts we can work on to support more young talent.

“We are also pleased to announce that Tommy Robinson will as part of his role oversee our new £100,000 arts grant scheme being launched in February 2018. This will trigger the launch of the MMBF Tommy Robinson Award scheme that will offer grants and funding to creatives and artists across the UK”.

YH has contacted Mr Martino for a comment but have yet to receive a reply.

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