MPs are demanding a ban on a march through one of London's most multicultural areas by the far-right English Defence League.

In a letter to the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police, seen by Channel 4 News, both of the MPs representing the Tower Hamlets borough of east London called the anti-Muslim group's march, which is planned for Saturday 7 September, a "deplorable hate preaching tactic which we have seen result in serious violence multiple times before".

Writing to Police Minister Damian Green on 23 August, Rushanara Ali and Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour MPs for Bethnal Green and Bow and Poplar and Limehouse, added: "It is our firm belief that this march…[poses] a serious threat to both individuals and wider Tower Hamlets community cohesion."

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