Councillor ‘scared’ after article by Tommy Robinson backer

A councillor for the town where Jo Cox was murdered has said she no longer feels safe after being labelled a “dangerous and divisive extremist” by the publisher of Tommy Robinson’s memoirs.

Fazila Loonat, 38, said she had been racially abused in the street and received threatening phone calls following an article by Danny Lockwood, the local newspaper owner and backer of Robinson.

Headlined “Loonat’s loonies are a big problem”, Lockwood’s article highlighted Loonat’s membership of the campaign group Momentum, which he described as “anti-British” and “antisemitic”, and referred to Loonat as “a dangerous and divisive extremist” who “plays the race card” to stifle debate.