English Defence League co-founder Tommy Robinson is a divisive figure in British politics - while he has his fanatical supporters, others are not exactly his biggest fans.

Now Robinson - real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon - has shared footage showing him getting into a scrap with masked men outside a McDonald's restaurant in London.

The political activist and journalist, who has previously been accused of stirring up hatred towards Muslims, said that he had been in London in order to report on a 'left-wing conference'.

On his YouTube channel, Robinson shared footage of a number of men covering their faces or wearing balaclavas walking threateningly towards him in the McDonald's car park in north London.

Credit: YouTube/Tommy Robinson

Robinson reported seeing 'six or seven men coming towards me' and 'four of them went for me' while the remainder of the group allegedly attacked his two camera people, a man and a woman.

In the extraordinary footage, you can even hear Robinson asking the men if they wanted to go 'one and one' before the men rush towards him and Robinson appears to drop his camera.

The two groups then begin throwing punches and kicks at each other with Robinson's camerawoman being shown wrestled to the floor of the car park.

The fight is even shown spilling over to outside the McDonald's itself with Robinson going toe to toe with several of the men before he is sent to the floor and repeatedly kicked.

Credit: YouTube/Tommy Robinson

Eventually the men flee the scene, with one bystander recognising Robinson, asking if he is all right and shaking his hand.

Some bystanders are even shown praising Robinson, saying: "He fucked them up though, all by himself." Robinson is used to getting into scraps, to be fair.

While no one seems to have been seriously hurt in the incident, the video doesn't make clear who the attackers were or why they attacked Robinson.

Later in the video, Robinson is shown complaining about the police, alleging they won't investigate the incident because they cannot identify the attackers.

After the video went live, Robinson later tweeted: "I've done more scrapping as a journalist than I did going football." It's a brutal game, pal.

As well as being co-founder and spokesman of the EDL, a far-right street protest movement, Robinson previously founded the European Defence League and was the joint vice-chairman of the short-lived far right British Freedom Party in 2012.

Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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