Seven per cent of voters are backing the new ‘middle class BNP’

| Friday, 22 December 2006

The far-Right British National Party could attract seven per cent of the UK's total vote, a poll published today reveals. Among Conservative supporters the figure is eight per cent. The Guardian ICM poll was commissioned as part of an investigation into the BNP which exposed the party's initiative to recruit new members from London's middle classes. Once considered an extremist fringe party... Read more

Racism, recruitment and how the BNP believes it is just 'one crisis away from power'

Ian Cobain | Friday, 22 December 2006

Guardian reporter Ian Cobain went undercover to explore the secretive world of the British National party. Using a false identity, he joined the party last June, and within three months had been appointed central London organiser. Here, he describes the members he met, reveals the long-term strategy behind the repackaging of the BNP ... and goes to the Christmas party... Read more

‘Racist filth’ at old Co-op

Pam Ross | Thursday, 21 December 2006

VILLAGERS have been left disgusted after a former shop front was branded with racist graffiti at the weekend. The former Co-op, in Main Street, Steeton, was discovered on Saturday morning to have been marked with words in support of the British National Party and covered in racial abuse. Keighley town Mayor Councillor Graham Mitchell, whose mother lives in the village, was alerted... Read more

The Guardian journalist who became central London organiser for the BNP

| Thursday, 21 December 2006

Ian Cobain went undercover for seven months to explore the clandestine world of the BNP: how it operates, recruits and holds meetings Early one evening in October, outside an entrance to Liverpool Street station in London, a few dozen men and women are standing around in small groups, whispering into mobile telephones, shuffling their feet, smiling and nodding discreetly to... Read more

Exclusive: inside the secret and sinister world of the BNP

Ian Cobain | Thursday, 21 December 2006

Guardian reporter Ian Cobain joined the BNP and became central London organiser. He found: Encrypted lists of middle-class members A network of false identities The covert rulebook The techniques of secrecy and deception employed by the British National party in its attempt to conceal its activities and intentions from the public can be disclosed today. Activists are being encouraged to adopt... Read more

BNP gathers to back man facing race charges

| Thursday, 21 December 2006

THE British National Party was out in full support of a man charged with racially motivated crime on Wednesday, while police waited in the background in case of any disturbance. John Hayes, 44, of Hanover Way, Windsor,was at Bracknell Magistrates Court charged with a racially or religiously aggravated public disorder,which was allegedly committed on October 6. The BNP members, who had travelled... Read more

Readers want Mullhall to quit

Michael Peel | Monday, 18 December 2006

AT least nine out of 10 people voting in the Courier on-line poll believe disgraced BNP councillor Richard Mulhall should quit. He was convicted on four counts of cheating taxpayers by claiming 3,000 in housing benefit, council tax benefit and jobseeker's allowance he was not entitled to. At Teesside Crown Court last week, he was ordered to serve 200 hours' unpaid work... Read more

‘Chilling’ concern over BNP success

| Friday, 15 December 2006

HORSHAM MP Francis Maude this week told the County Times of his 'shock and chilling concern' at the success of the British National Party (BNP) in the Denne by-election on Thursday December 7. The seat was held by the Lib Dems but the BNP came third out of six candidates, beating Labour, UKIP and an independent. Mr Maude said he was... Read more

‘Thoroughly dishonest’ ... but BNP chief escapes jail

Cathy Neligan | Friday, 15 December 2006

The "thoroughly dishonest" leader of the BNP group on Calderdale Council has escaped a prison sentence for benefit fraud. Richard Mulhall was convicted in October on four counts of cheating taxpayers by claiming 3,000 in housing benefit, council tax benefit and jobseeker's allowance he was not entitled to. At Teesside Crown Court he was ordered to serve 200 hours' unpaid work in... Read more

Leading BNP councillor escapes prison sentence

Cathy Neligan | Thursday, 14 December 2006

CALDERDALE'S leading BNP councillor escaped a prison sentence today despite being convicted of cheating tax payers. Richard Mulhall was found guilty by a jury in October of four counts of benefit fraud. He was sentenced at Teeside Crown Court to 200 hours of unpaid work. Sentencing Mulhall, ward councillor for Illingworth and Mixenden, recorder Felicity Davies said: "You will be punished... Read more

‘Racist’ BNP foiled over school ban

| Wednesday, 13 December 2006

British National Party councillors have been branded a "bunch of racists" after they attempted to ban halal meat from borough schools. Jeanne Alexander, the borough's executive councillor for children services, made the outburst as the assembly examined a raft of controversial proposals tabled by the far right party. Councillors were asked to consider banning halal meat from schools, Islamic headdress from public... Read more

Barking dogs

Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Councillors are often called upon to sort out everyday problems, such as nuisance neighbours, but residents of Barking and Dagenham's Valence ward are unlikely to get much help from their elected BNP councillor. At the end of 2004 Sandra Doncaster pleaded guilty at Barking Magistrates' Court of leaving her dogs barking in the house for long periods despite receiving an... Read more

Builder knocked by BNP

Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 13 December 2006

When Richard Barnbrook and Robert Bailey stood for election to Barking and Dagenham council last May they hurriedly needed a local address to qualify as candidates. So they rented a near derelict flat at 5A London Road, Barking, though did not actually move in. Then they got elected and needed to keep up the pretence of living in the borough. Questions... Read more

Burnley BNP in ‘Dark Ages’

Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 13 December 2006

A Burnley BNP councillor has been accused of putting funding for Burnley schools at risk after she attacked the town's Building Schools for the Future programme in a video posted on the internet. Burnley council is fighting for government money to improve the town but Cllr Sharon Wilkinson objects that the new schools will force children to integrate. She would prefer... Read more

Win one lose one

Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Roger Roberts, the sole BNP member on Mirfield Town Council, was kicked out in November 2006 for not attending a meeting for six months. Roberts claims he resigned three months earlier but the mayor of Mirfield, Cllr Kath Taylor, said she never received any letter from him. Roberts became a Conservative councillor for Hopton ward in 2003 when he was the... Read more

Split personality

Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Jeffrey Steed, the BNP councillor for Eastbury ward in Barking and Dagenham, seems to have trouble telling his political backside from his elbow. At a football match during a week-long campaign against racism in football he was spotted running around in his local team's football shirt emblazoned with the slogan "Kick Racism Out". His fellow BNP councillors should tell him... Read more

Mulhall supporters revert to type

Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Sunday, 10 December 2006

Two newsagents’ shops in Halifax, West Yorkshire, came under attack by far-right thugs simply for selling the local evening newspaper carrying a story about a crooked BNP councillor. Richard Mulhall, 38, leader of the BNP “group” of two councillors on Halifax-based Calderdale Council, was found guilty at Teesside Crown Court on four charges of benefit fraud involving more than £3,000. The local... Read more

Councillor misses meetings - claim

Miran Rahman | Friday, 8 December 2006

A Keighley Town Councillor who was elected on a BNP ticket is to be reported after missing six consecutive town council meetings. Keighley Mayor, Cllr Graham Mitchell, pointed out the non-attendance of Town Cllr Angela Clarke at a recent town council meeting He said he intended to report her absence to the Democratic Services department at Bradford City Hall. Cllr Clarke, of... Read more

You’re not alone says Bragg

| Monday, 4 December 2006

SINGER songwriter Billy Bragg has revealed why he specifically chose to play Burnley as part of his UK tour. Speaking minutes before going on stage at a sold-out Burnley Mechanics last night the so-called "Bard of Barking" said he felt the people of Burnley needed to be shown they were not alone in the fight against extremism. Bragg - a vociferous opponent... Read more