Jul 6 2012
Tommy Robinson, English Defence League leader, speaks about the government’s threat to take away a pregnant woman’s baby because of her EDL connections
Pregnant Toni McLeod’s husband, a soldier in the Army, has just returned from serving in Afghanistan. Social workers want to seize their baby as soon as it is born because of the mother’s anti-Islam political views and former membership in the EDL. However, these same social workers have never tried to remove the children of Islamic terrorists currently living in the UK.
UK Express Durham County Council has told Toni McLeod she would pose a “risk of significant harm” to the baby. Social workers fear the child would become radicalised with EDL views and want it put up for adoption immediately.
Her cause has been taken up by Lib Dem MP John Hemming who, despite his loathing for the EDL, raised it in the Commons. He contrasts her treatment with that of the extremist Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, who was allowed to remain with his children when he was briefly remanded on bail earlier this year as the Government tries to deport him.
He said: “It raises a curious question as to why Abu Qatada is allowed to radicalise his children but the state won’t take the chance of allowing Toni McLeod to look after her baby in case she says something social workers won’t like.
Mrs McLeod has posted ‘racist’ abuse on social networking sites but denies being racist. She claims she is no longer active with the EDL and has never been charged with violence against children. Social workers have told her husband Martyn he would be unable to care for his child because he is a full-time soldier just back from Afghanistan.
Mr Hemming, who chairs the Justice For Families campaign group, said yesterday: “This case is one where the ‘thought police’ have decided to remove her baby at birth because of what she might say to the baby. I wonder what the baby’s father is thinking when he fights for a country which won’t allow him to have a child because of what the child’s mother might say.
Durham County Council told Mrs McLeod on Friday her unborn baby was being placed on its child protection register. Last month, a judge ruled that her three other children, who have different fathers, should be permanently removed from her care.
Documents seen by the Sunday Express reveal social workers are worried about Mrs McLeod’s previous alcohol and drug misuse, her “aggressive behaviour” and her alleged “mental health issues.” They concede she is no longer involved with the EDL but believe she is now involved with a splinter group, the North West Infidels.