Senior judges will today hear a challenge by Tommy Robinson against his 13-month jail term for contempt of court.

Ex-English Defence League (EDL) leader Robinson - whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon - was locked up in May after he filmed outside a criminal trial and broadcast the footage on social media.

The footage, lasting around an hour, was watched 250,000 times within hours of being posted on Facebook .

The far-right activist was given 10 months for contempt of court, which he admitted, and a further three months for breaching a previous suspended sentence.

The 35-year-old will make a bid to have his sentence cut at the Court of Appeal in London today.

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Judgement reserved in Tommy Robinson appeal

A judgement has been reserved until a later date.

The three judges rose to consider the evidence shortly before 2:30pm.

After a very short while conferring, they said they will do their level best to give a judgement by end of July.

Lord Chief Justice has thanked all counsel, as well as those present in court.

Tommy Robinson appeared in court via a video link (Image: Katielee Arrowsmith / SWNS.com)

Court breaks for lunch - recap

The hearing was due to start at 10:30am but there was a slight delay due to technical issues.

Tommy Robinson is appearing via video link.

Proceedings began at 10:40am when the Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett said it was “heartening” to see so many people in the courtroom.

The appeal is being heard before Lord Burnett and two other leading judges.

Robinson’s barrister, Jeremy Dein QC, has outlined legal arguments regarding the appeal.

Mr Dein has defended high-profile figures including Tulisa Contostavlos.

The barrister representing for the Crown Prosecution Service is Louis Mably QC.

The court has taken a break for lunch after almost three hours of legal discussion.

A demonstrator wearing a Trump mask poses in a 'Tommy Robinson' T-shirt earlier this month (Image: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media)

Supporters rally outside court

Supporters of Tommy Robinson have gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice today.

Protestors are holding placards draped in flags.

Some supporters are wearing T-shirts calling for the ex-EDL leader’s release.

There are supporters outside court (Image: PA)
Some protestors are draped in flags (Image: PA)
Tommy is appealing against his jail sentece (Image: PA)

Second time Robinson breached court orders

It was the second time Robinson had breached court orders, having narrowly avoided jail in May 2017 over footage he filmed during another trial.

The judge on that occasion gave him a three-month suspended sentence and told him his punishment was not about “freedom of speech or freedom of the press” but about “justice and ensuring that a trial can be carried out justly and fairly”.

During Robinson’s sentencing hearing, his barrister Matthew Harding said the activist had “deep regret” for what he had done and “did not try to cause difficulties for the court process”.

The appeal hearing, before the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other leading judges, is due to start at 10:30 this morning.

Tommy is in court today via video link (Image: Rebel Media/Youtube)

Background as Tommy appears via video link

Robinson was detained outside Leeds Crown Court in May after using social media to broadcast footage from outside a court which is subject to blanket reporting restrictions.

Jailing him, Judge Geoffrey Marson told Robinson his actions could cause the trial to be re-run, costing “hundreds and hundreds of thousands of pounds”.

The judge said it was a “serious aggravating feature” that he was encouraging others to share it and it had been shared widely.

He added: “Everyone understands the right to freedom of speech but there are responsibilities and obligations.

“I am not sure you appreciate the potential consequence of what you have done.

“People have to understand that if they breach court orders there will be very real consequences.”

Tommy's sentence sparked protests (Image: REUTERS)