Bolton Council have unanimously agreed a cross party motion on the English Defence League, demonstrating its concern over the proposed demonstration by the group in Bolton on March 20.
Council Leader Councillor Cliff Morris, Conservative Leader Councillor John Walsh and Liberal Democrat Leader Councillor Roger Hayes said in a joint statement: “The council is concerned about the proposed demonstration, as the presence of the EDL in other towns has led to violence and disorder and caused local people to fear for their safety. As a consequence, we have agreed to do all within our powers to lobby the Home Secretary to ban the demonstration on grounds of safety and public order."
They added: "Bolton has a very strong record on community cohesion and is a welcoming and tolerant town. We are confident that our excellent community relationships will not be harmed by this proposed demonstration and we urge local people not to be provoked into taking part in any counter-demonstration against EDL, which could potentially increase the risk of violence.”
The motion, put forward by all three party leaders, was passed at a full council meeting on Wednesday, March 3.
The council is currently putting together a proposal to the Home Secretary, asking him to ban the demonstration.
The council also confirmed that it will continue to work with local organisations, communities and businesses to prepare for any potential event, in order to minimise disruption.