Daniel Jones

Dr. Daniel Jones is an associate lecturer in history and an archivist at the Searchlight Archive at the University of Northampton. His research focuses primarily on the British far right and anti-fascist movements of the post-1945 period, as well as on the ethical and pedagogical issues around studying extremism. He has co-authored a book chapter on the extremist paramilitary National Socialist Group of the late 1960s, and upcoming works include contemporary American neo-Nazi engagement with environmentalism.

Should the Study of Extremism Be Part of the Curriculum?

November 22, 2021

The concept of decolonizing the curriculum within British higher education returned to the spotlight this year with the Sewell Report on ethnic and racial disparities. While there are myriad problems and risks in downplaying institutional racism, the section of the report that criticizes decolonizing the curriculum is particularly important to...

The Far Right Has a History of Infiltrating the British Army

March 21, 2019

The far right recognizes the value, both in training and in terms of access to arms and equipment, that active and former soldiers bring to its organizations. In early October 2018, a photo emerged that showed former leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) posing with...

The Far Right's Transatlantic Money Train

September 07, 2018

Why are American groups funding a figure on the British radical right? Since the arrest of former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson for breaching reporting restrictions on a trial and his subsequent imprisonment on contempt of court charges, a large movement has gathered to demand his freedom. Despite Robinson’s...

The Hidden Success of the Far Right's "Free Tommy" Campaign

July 11, 2018

If you thought the campaign to free Tommy Robinson was a failure, think again. On June 9, London saw a convergence of thousands of demonstrators to protest the jailing of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known to most as Tommy Robinson, formerly of the radical-right English Defence League (EDL). Robinson had been arrested...

The British Radical Right's Connection to the Past

June 26, 2018

History and legacy provide an explanation as to why the radical right has a stronger presence in some parts of the UK. Anyone listening to the news coverage of the 2018 British local elections would have heard a clear narrative around the radical right — that, at least electorally, things were...