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Calvin Robinson is a political commentator and broadcaster who is also a deacon in the Free Church of England (FCE). Previously, Robinson had worked as a secondary school teacher and became a video games journalist. From 2020 to 2022, he was studying for ordained ministry in the Church of England, but was refused ordination, prompting him to join the FCE. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Spiked and First Things. As a commentator, Robinson has contributed to talkRADIO and GB News.
Robinson was employed in the technology industry before training as a teacher. He taught computer science at the St Mary's and St John's Church of England School in Hendon where he became head of the IT department. In 2017, Robinson was featured in a recruitment advert encouraging people to become teachers. He was a video games journalist and is also owner of the video games site God is a Geek.
In May 2016 and 2018, Robinson sought election to Brent Council and Camden Council respectively, where he stood in the wards of Kilburn and Swiss Cottage for the Conservative Party. He was the Brexit Party candidate in Broxtowe in the 2019 election, but dropped out to support the Conservative candidate.
Robinson has also held various positions in local news and right-wing political organisations and campaigns, including Defund the BBC, Unite2Leave (a pro-Brexit tactical voting campaign) and Conservative Way Forward. He has contributed to Black Lives Matter UK: An Anthology, a Henry Jackson Society report opposing Black Lives Matter and "hard-left identity politics". Robinson has claimed that his commentary has made him the target of racial abuse.
Having studied from 2020 to 2022 for ordination in the Church of England at St Stephen's House, Oxford, he was refused ordination by Jonathan Baker, the Bishop of Fulham, and chose to leave the church for the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GAFCON). He was ordained as a deacon on 25 June 2022 in the Free Church of England by Bishop Paul Hunt. The decision to deny ordination to Robinson was controversial and attracted strong criticism by conservative media and by Anglican theologian Angela Tilby.
Robinson has also worked for talkRADIO and as a presenter on GB News, with, from late 2022, a regular slot on Sunday afternoons entitled "Calvin's Common Sense Crusade".