Viral Christchurch attack Christian to stand against Tommy Robinson

Christian whose message of solidarity with Islam became online hit tells Muslims ‘come out and vote so you don’t get stuck with Tommy Robinson’ as he stands against EDL founder in Euro elections

  • Andrew Graystone, 57, announced he would be standing for Change UK party
  • Graystone cited Brexit and Tommy Robinson as main motivations for standing 
  • Robinson has been on the campaign trail in the north-west region recently 

A man who went viral after a photo emerged of him guarding a mosque after the Christchurch terror attack has announced plans to stand against Tommy Robinson in the European elections.

Andrew Graystone, 57, announced on Twitter he would be standing for the newly founded Change UK party in an attempt to stop the EDL founder from becoming an MEP in the north-west region.

Mr Grayson became famous after a photo of him holding a sign saying ‘You are my friends. I will keep watch while you pray’ was shared thousands of times after the New Zealand shooting.

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Andrew Graystone, 57, went viral after standing outside a mosque with a sign reading ‘You are my friends. I will keep watch while you pray’ in the wake of the Christchurch shooting

He made the announcement on Twitter that he would be standing in the European elections for the newly-formed Change UK party

He said he was ‘overwhelmed with positive messages’ after his mosque photo went viral – but says he has now turned his attention to stopping people ‘stoking up hatred and division’. 

According to Mr Grayson, Brexit has turned British families and communities ‘against each other’ and ‘it’s allowed very divisive people like Tommy Robinson to exploit that division’. 

‘I am worried about people deliberately stoking up hatred and division when what we need is for politicians and community leaders and ordinary people to come together,’ he told the Metro. 

He added there was a ‘genuine fear’ in his native north west about the possibility of Tommy Robinson becoming one of the region’s eight elected MEPs.

‘He doesn’t live here, he’s got no particular loyalty here, but he’s a very divisive figure,’ Mr Grayson said.

‘People just need to come out and vote. I know people might be a bit cynical about the European elections but I would I say just come out and vote for something different.’ 

Robinson, real name ‘Stephen Yaxley-Lennon’, has been covered in milkshake twice while out campaigning for the elections in the past few weeks.   

Last week, Danyaal Mahmud, 23, who threw a McDonald’s milkshake at Robinson in Warrington town centre, admitted facing death threats for his actions after the EDL founder goaded him over Muslim grooming gangs. 

Mr Robinson claimed that he was a ‘politically targeted’ victim let down by the law, despite being protected by a police escort out of Warrington.

‘No amount of punches, milkshakes, attacks or anything is going to stop me,’ he said in a video recorded last week. He described Mahmud as ‘a young Muslim agitator’. 

Mr Robinson is expected to continue canvassing in the North-West for the next three weeks until voting for the EU elections open on May 23.  


Danyaal Mahmud, 23, who threw a McDonald’s milkshake at Robinson admitted facing death threats for his actions after the EDL founder goaded him over Muslim grooming gangs

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