BNP councillor keeps job despite assaults

Andrew Hewitt | Wednesday, 31 January 2007

CIVIC leaders have reacted with anger after a BNP councillor who assaulted his estranged wife and a police officer as well as shouting racist abuse kept his job. Coun Brian Turner, who was also convicted of football-related violence, was cleared of bringing Burnley Council into disrepute after the Standards Board for England (SBE) said the convictions related to his private life. But... Read more

BNP man keeps seat

| Tuesday, 30 January 2007

SEVERAL Redditch councillors are unhappy the only BNP member will keep his seat, despite being found guilty of three counts of assault. Winyates councillor David Enderby was convicted at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court last week and fined 100 for each offence. He denied the assaults, which took place at his mother-in-law's house during a birthday party in June. A council spokesman said: "The case... Read more

Conservative and Lib Dem leaders speak out against BNP plans to field candidates in West Berks

| Monday, 29 January 2007

LEADERS of West Berkshire's two main political parties fear the emergence of the British National Party (BNP) in Newbury will cause "racial tensions". Last week the right-wing party announced it would be fielding two candidates in the area in May's local elections. Leaders of West Berkshire's Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups have now issued a joint statement about the news. Councillor Graham Jones... Read more

Five in race for Tom’s ward

Michael Peel | Monday, 29 January 2007

FIVE candidates have been named for the Calderdale Council by-election on February 22. The vacancy in the Mixenden and Illingworth ward came about after 64-year-old Tom McElroy died suddenly before Christmas. He represented the north Halifax area for 18 years. Judy Gannon, of Kebroyd Avenue, Triangle, will be hoping to retain the seat for Labour. She was a councillor in the Sowerby... Read more

BNP race hate case may fail in row over late charges

John Roberts | Saturday, 27 January 2007

A BNP activist who admitted sending racist hate mail threatening to spill Muslim blood could be allowed to walk free because police did not charge him in time. Brian Wainwright, 38, had already been convicted for sending offensive and threatening racist posters to a councillor, a mosque and an anti-fascism campaigner in Halifax. But now the case against him might be dropped... Read more

Tories hold seat in by-election

Julian Whittle | Friday, 26 January 2007

THE Conservatives held Brampton and Gilsland in a Cumbria County Council by-election last night. Carlisle guest house-owner Lawrence Fisher topped the poll with 717 votes. Labour's Alex Faulds was runner up with 363 while David Fraser of the British National Party was third on 88. The turnout was 23.3 per cent. The by-election was called after the sitting Conservative councillor, the Hon Philip... Read more

Jailed extremist had stash of racist material

Richard Edwards | Thursday, 25 January 2007

A right-wing extremist from Leeds has been jailed for possessing and distributing hardcore racist material. Anthony White, of Wyther Park Hill, Bramley, was handed a 21-month sentence after admitting six offences of possessing racially inflammatory material and one offence of distributing racially inflammatory material. Bradford Crown Court yesterday heard that police searched White's home in November 2004 and found a stash... Read more

Chelmsford Declaration against BNP

| Tuesday, 23 January 2007

AS the skirmishes in the battle for England's shire districts get under way, an attempt is being made in Chelmsford to present a united front against the British National Party and other parties associated with the far right. Representatives of all the major parties except the BNP are being asked to sign a document headed "we declare our opposition to racism... Read more

BNP councillor guilty of assault

| Tuesday, 23 January 2007

REDDITCH BNP councillor David Enderby was this afternoon found guilty of three counts of assault by beating. He was fined 100 for each of the counts and ordered to pay 100 costs at Kidderminster Magistrates Court. The 45-year-old Winyates councillor had denied the charges relating to an incident last June. The two-day hearing was told birthday celebrations turned nasty after Enderby knocked at... Read more

BNP’s occupation alert

Nigel Baudains | Monday, 22 January 2007

THE British National Party has warned that Guernsey will be swamped by immigrants if it pursues a policy to import 200 people a year. The controversial whites-only far right party, which backs an end to non-white immigration and promotes voluntary resettlement, has stepped into the population debate. It has posted an article on its website titled 'Channel Islands facing occupation', and criticised... Read more

BNP plans to patrol school gates

Gareth Bethell | Monday, 22 January 2007

THE British National Party says it is considering setting up patrols in Wroughton and manning the school gates in the wake of the attack on Henry Webster. But Det Sgt Mark Wilkinson, of Swindon CID, has called on all sections of the community to work together to make sure nothing like the violent outbreak happens again. Speaking after it was revealed that... Read more

BNP pub to be bulldozed

| Sunday, 21 January 2007

A NOTORIOUS pub linked to the right-wing BNP is to be demolished after a series of violent attacks involving guns and machetes. The Lagoon in Tipton, in the Black Country, lost its licence last week after cops forced brewery bosses to sack its controversial manager, BNP councillor James Lloyd. The West Midlands force said the landlord had failed to hand over CCTV... Read more

A blanket ban on Holocaust denial would be a serious mistake

Timothy Garton Ash | Thursday, 18 January 2007

Germany's intentions are good, but it should take care not to impose the wrong conclusions from its unhappy past .. The German justice minister has proposed that all EU states should criminalise Holocaust denial and ban the public display of Nazi insignia, as Germany itself does. The EU's justice commissioner has apparently supported her. No reasonable person will doubt their good... Read more

Big Brother contestants should be shot says BNP

| Thursday, 18 January 2007

Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty is not the victim of racism and people should stop getting upset, says the British National Party. The party also believes all the contestants should be shot and the show closed down. The race row which had built up was 'a symbol of the insecurity of a multi-racial Britain,' the party's official spokesman said. Complaints about the show have... Read more

Labour stronghold under threat in poll

| Monday, 15 January 2007

VOTERS will go to the polls to decide the balance of power at Nuneaton Town Hall in a crucial by-election - with a record number of candidates to choose from. Nominations for the by-election in Bedworth's Bede ward closed yesterday with seven candidates putting their names forward. The line-up is seen as a reflection of a growing mood of nationalism in the... Read more

BNP sent packing

Sonia Gable | Saturday, 13 January 2007

A local newspaper rapidly distanced itself from an attempt by the BNP to hijack its campaign for press freedom. Rather than allow Nick Cass, a local BNP leader, to make political capital out of the campaign, Dewsbury's local paper, The Press, cancelled an event intended to raise money to help defend itself against a libel action brought by Shahid Malik,... Read more

Doncaster fails residents

Sonia Gable | Saturday, 13 January 2007

Claire Doncaster has come under attack from residents of her ward. She and Bob Bailey, the other BNP councillor in Alibon, failed to turn up to the Reede Road Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) meeting in November 2006 and she has not been to a single meeting since being elected. Darren Rodwell, chair of the TRA, said, "That young lady... Read more

BNP councillors oppose money for new housing

Sonia Gable | Saturday, 13 January 2007

The BNP councillors in Barking and Dagenham always witter on about wanting more council housing for local people yet when it came to a vote, they betrayed their electors and opposed a call for government money to build council homes. The BNP had proposed a motion to the council's assembly demanding that council homes go only to people who were... Read more

Councillor kicked out of union for threats

Sonia Gable | Saturday, 13 January 2007

The National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers has thrown out a British National Party councillor for threatening its general secretary during last year's local election campaign. Rodney Law, who was among three new BNP councillors elected to Epping Forest District Council last May, was expelled "for conduct inconsistent with membership of the union and for acting in a... Read more

‘Unintelligent’ Calderdale BNP leader escapes jail

Sonia Gable | Saturday, 13 January 2007

Richard Mulhall, the BNP's group leader on Calderdale Council, escaped a prison term when he appeared for sentencing at Teesside Crown Court at the end of 2006. Mulhall, 38, had been convicted by a jury in October on four counts of benefit fraud. He had been claiming jobseeker's allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit but failed to notify either... Read more

No room for racists

Sonia Gable | Saturday, 13 January 2007

It seems that Chris Beverley, the BNP's sole Leeds councillor, has been having difficulty booking rooms for what he describes as "a private meeting for 100 or so people". When Beverley, who sits for Morley South ward, approached Churwell Community Centre, officers told him that its constitution prevents it letting rooms to racists. Unconfirmed reports say that he approached the... Read more

Enter stage far right: ‘BNP ballerina’ dances again

Cahal Milmo | Friday, 12 January 2007

When Simone Clarke makes her premiere this lunchtime as the love-struck peasant girl Giselle, she is likely to receive a rapturous reception from ballet aficionados packing London's Coliseum. The 36-year-old principal dancer of the English National Ballet (ENB) is widely lauded as a "highly spirited" ballerina. But her performance will be remarkable more for what takes place off the stage than... Read more

British MEP joins far-right bloc

BBC by Brian Wheeler | Thursday, 11 January 2007

A former UKIP MEP is to join a new group in the European Parliament which includes some of Europe's most prominent far-right political parties. Ashley Mote, an independent MEP for the South East of England expelled from UKIP in 2004, will join the "Identity, Tradition and Sovereignty" group. UKIP said it was "appalled and horrified" by Mr Mote's decision and... Read more

Racist jailed for arson attack on mosque

Gareth Bethell | Saturday, 6 January 2007

RACIST firebomber Mark Bulman has been jailed for five years after trying to torch the Broad Street mosque. The 22-year-old used a British National Party leaflet as a fuse in a petrol-filled beer bottle which he hurled through a window at the place of worship. But the Molotov cocktail failed to ignite so the self-confessed bigot handed himself in to the police... Read more

Maryport Against Racism

| Saturday, 6 January 2007

Several Maryport Against Racism members today travelled to Whitehaven, a town about 20 miles away, to help distribute leaflets about the fascist British National Party who have been active in the town. The event was a great success with around 1000 leaflets distributed on the Kells and Woodhouse estates, areas that the BNP has recently leafleted. Campaigners got a good reaction... Read more

BNP member loses racial abuse appeal

| Friday, 5 January 2007

An anti-racism body today welcomed a judge's decision to throw out an appeal by a British National Party member against his conviction for racially abusing an Asian woman. Robert McGlynn, 40, of Llansamlet, Swansea, south Wales, was found guilty by city magistrates in September last year of racially aggravated disorderly conduct. It was a unique case in which the victim was absent... Read more

Grinning BNP man’s mail shame

| Friday, 5 January 2007

Muslim blood will be spilt, he wrote VILE posters that bore racist abuse and threatened to spill Muslim blood were sent through the post by a Halifax British National Party activist. Brian Darren Wainwright, 38, fired off his hate-filled mail to a mosque, Calderdale's first Asian councillor and an anti-racist campaigner. In court yesterday, he admitted sending letters with indecent, offensive and threatening... Read more

‘I quit over BNP’s back-stabbing’

| Thursday, 4 January 2007

A town councillor has quit amid accusations of "back-stabbing" by her colleagues in the far-right British National Party. Angela Clarke has formally resigned from Keighley Town Council after claiming to have been "let down" by her party. BNP chiefs in Keighley have sniped back, saying the party is not there to "hold her hand". Miss Clarke, 37, of Bankfield Drive, Braithwaite, said the... Read more

Shop front daubed again

| Wednesday, 3 January 2007

A FORMER shop front in Steeton has again been daubed with offensive graffiti. The former Co-op in Main Street was marked with words - painted in bright orange - in support of the British National Party over the festive period. Last month the same build-ing was covered in racial abuse and BNP markings. After last month's incident the Keighley organiser for the BNP,... Read more

Row over BNP man’s £5 gifts

Fiona Evans | Tuesday, 2 January 2007

A 5 Christmas gift from a British National Party councillor has left pensioners confused about what to do with it. Councillor Paul Cromie (Queensbury) insists the donation he made to more than 200 pensioners in the area was a goodwill gesture from his councillor's allowance and not a donation by his party. But Bradford Council legal officers have been asked to probe... Read more