A former Boston councillor has now confirmed he is not the leader of the English Defence League after sparking rumours with a tweet on Sunday night.
Elliott Fountain posted a message on the social networking website on Sunday (see below) but released no further information and did not respond to calls from The Standard and requests to talk to other media outlets.
He has now taken to Twitter to say he did not refer to the English Defence League.
Tuesday: A former Boston councillor’s bold claim to be the new leader of the English Defence League has been followed by silence.
Elliott Fountain claimed to be the new leader of the EDL in a tweet late on Sunday night – and said he was due to talk about his news in the national media.
Mr Fountain has not responded to numerous calls in an attempt to verify the news and he is yet to release any more information – prompting suggestions that the statement is incorrect.
The Standard understands that Mr Fountain was not a high profile presence at an EDL demonstration in Bradford at the weekend.
The EDL says a committee of regional organisers – headed by Tim Ablitt – will take charge of issues until a meeting on October 26, when a further statement will be made on the group’s future.
Sunday, 10.30pm: A former Boston councillor has tonight said that he is the new leader of the English Defence League.
Elliott Fountain, previously an English Democrat councillor in Fenside, tweeted: “Proud to be the new leader of the EDL, on national news tomo to make announcement”.
Coun Fountain lost his seat on Boston Borough Council earlier this year for failing to turn up to a meeting in six months.
He had vowed to contest the decision and told The Standard he had been ‘gobsmacked and shocked’ to be kicked off. His seat was later taken in a by-election by UKIP’s Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright.
Mr Fountain last year pulled out of the race to become Lincolnshire’s first police and crime commissioner and had previously announced his intention to become Boston’s first elected mayor.
Last week the EDL’s leader Tommy Robinson and co-leader Kevin Carroll both left the group.
Mr Robinson claimed he was concerned by the dangers of far-right extremism and wanted to work instead with the Quilliam group, which describes itself as a ‘counter-extremism think tank’.
The EDL was formed in 2009 to oppose what it describes as ‘radical Islam’.
It has staged a number of high-profile demonstrations in cities across the country, including one in Lincoln earlier this year.