Leader accused of mayor BNP 'slur'

| Tuesday, 30 March 2004

A row has broken out over an accusation by Ceredigion Council's leader that a British National Party branch was emerging in the county. During a debate on when to hold a referendum over a directly-elected mayor for Ceredigion, council leader Dai Lloyd Evans accused campaigners of right-wing political tendencies. Simon Brooks of the Welsh language protest group Cymuned, one of... Read more

BNP candidate fails in student election

Polly Curtis | Friday, 26 March 2004

The youth leader of the British National Party last night failed in his attempt to secure a sabbatical position at the University of Salford. Tony Wentworth, who has led the far-right party's youth wing for two years, got 16 out of 696 valid votes in elections for the post of communications officer at Salford University. The position went to Caroline... Read more

Why the BNP failed to stoke racist fires after a savage Glasgow murder

Magnus Linklater | Wednesday, 24 March 2004

ALL THE ingredients for a race riot were there. A 15-year-old white boy was set upon by a gang of Asian youths, brutally beaten, bundled into a car, and later killed. An inner-city area with a growing immigrant population, beset by unemployment, drugs and crime, seemed to stand on the edge of breakdown. As if that was not enough, the... Read more

Dazed and confused

Tash Shifrin | Wednesday, 24 March 2004

How did avowed non-racist Maureen Stowe get herself elected as a BNP councillor? And why, suddenly, did she disown the far-right party? Tash Shifrin finds out Maureen Stowe says passionately: "I've never been a racist." She is a warm, friendly 65-year-old; a grandmother. It seems almost rude to point out that she was an elected British National Party councillor. "I... Read more

MPs use Nazi camps to attack far right

Nicholas Watt in Auschwitz | Tuesday, 23 March 2004

MPs from all parties are hoping to use the horrors of the Nazi holocaust to attack rightwing extremists in Britain. Amid fears that the BNP could win a seat in the European parliamentary elections in June, MPs from all the main parties used visits to the Auschwitz concentration camp to warn of the dangers of embracing the far right. Michael Howard... Read more

Scottish public turns its back on BNP leader

DAN MCDOUGALL | Monday, 22 March 2004

WITH his ill-fitting suit and awkward demeanour, the chairman of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, looks more like an introspective office clerk than a man widely accused of being a serious threat to Scotland's moral fibre. Supporters of the BNP leader had heralded his allegedly "long-standing" visit to Glasgow yesterday as a much-needed shot in the arm for the... Read more

BNP leader defends Scottish visit

| Sunday, 21 March 2004

The leader of the British National Party has visited the area where a teenage murder victim was abducted despite calls for him to stay away. Nick Griffin insisted that his party was not there to stir up tensions between white and Asian residents in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow. Kriss Donald was abducted by a gang of Asian men on... Read more

'Stay away' demand to BNP leader

| Saturday, 20 March 2004

Politicians and community leaders have criticised plans by the leader of the British National Party to visit Glasgow following the murder of a teenage boy. Nick Griffin says he will go to the Pollokshields area this weekend, where Kriss Donald was abducted on Monday. His badly beaten body was found in the east end of the city. Police say he... Read more

Church leaders back campaign against BNP

| Saturday, 20 March 2004

LEADERS of more than 200 Yorkshire Anglican churches are backing the campaign against the racist British National Party which and its candidates in local and European elections in June. They voted overwhelmingly to sign a "Statement of Unity" drawn up by anti-racism campaigners in Leeds, one of the cities being targeted by the BNP. The decision came at a meeting of... Read more

BNP bids for student newspaper post

Stewart Maclean | Thursday, 18 March 2004

Students and Anti Nazi League protesters in Manchester are preparing for a battle at the polls next week after the youth leader of the British National Party announced his intention to run in an election to edit the Salford version of Manchester's student newspaper. Tony Wentworth, who has led the far right party's youth wing for two years, is campaigning for... Read more

Race hate party targets Tipton

By Tom Wells, Sunday Mercury | Sunday, 14 March 2004

A Midland MP has blasted attempts by the far-right BNP party to "cash in" on the return of the so-called Tipton Taliban. Last week, Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal and Ruhal Ahmed returned to Britain after more than two years locked away inside Guantanamo Bay. All three Tipton men were taken to the controversial Cuban base after being held in Afghanistan on suspicion... Read more

Ex-BNP member backs anti-fascists

| Wednesday, 10 March 2004

An ex-BNP councillor in Burnley says she is backing an anti-fascist group at the next local and European elections. But Maureen Stowe has refused to explain in detail the reasons for her apparent political U-turn. She said "the time was right" to leave the BNP and would probably support the Unite Against Fascism anti-BNP campaign at the May elections. The... Read more

Whitby's apology for Tory BNP link

By Paul Dale | Monday, 8 March 2004

A top Birmingham Tory has apologised after officials published a leaflet linking the party's policies on asylum and immigration to those of the farright British National Party. Mike Whitby, leader of the Conservative opposition on Birmingham City Council, said material distributed in the Northfield constituency was "clumsily" written and should not have given the impression that Tories share the views of... Read more

Street star julie gets threatened by racists

By Sunday Sun | Sunday, 7 March 2004

Coronation street star Julie Hesmondhalgh has received threatening letters from far-right thugs after taking a public stand against fascism, it emerged yesterday. Julie, who plays transsexual Hayley Cropper in the ITV soap, is a long-term supporter of the Unite Against Fascism group and regularly speaks at its rallies. Speaking at a UAF rally in Manchester yesterday, the 34-year-old said she had received... Read more

BNP accused of stirring up racial hatred

| Wednesday, 3 March 2004

ANGRY residents of Crewe's most racially mixed neighbourhood have accused the far-right British National Party of stirring up racial hatred in a leafleting campaign. The BNP has been canvassing for support along Walthall Street, home to much of the town's Asian and Afro-Caribbean community. The street, which houses Crewe's only mosque, has been targeted by party workers knocking on doors and posting... Read more

The BNP takes to the schoolyard

| Tuesday, 2 March 2004

The far-right BNP has 'enlisted' school pupils as supporters. It looks like another attempt to give a respectable face to their extremism. On its website, the Young BNP has named 160 schools and universities which it says have students who support it. The list was started by Tony Wentworth, a politics student at Salford University and leader of the Young BNP.... Read more

BNP blasted over lack of budget plan

| Monday, 1 March 2004

PARTY leaders launched a scathing attack on the British National Party after the far-right party failed to speak at last night's Burnley council budget meeting. All the political parties with the exception of the BNP -- which has seven councillors -- and the three-strong Independent group, spoke at the meeting, which saw a council tax rise for the borough of... Read more