Two US political bloggers who founded an anti-Muslim group have been banned from entering Britain following reports they were to attend a march by the far-right English Defence League (EDL), the government said on Wednesday.

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who set up Stop Islamization of America and operate the website Jihad Watch, have been forbidden from entering Britain on the grounds their presence would "not be conducive to the public good".

In response to the decision, Spencer said on the Jihad Watch website: "The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead."

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