A tale of two campaigns

Nick Lowles | Monday, 31 March 2008

Although the London Mayoral and Assembly elections are attracting the most political attention, contests are taking place across the country that will give a further indication of the potential strength of the British National Party for next year’s European elections. The BNP’s own focus on London could adversely affect the party’s efforts in these council elections. Conversely, there is a... Read more

And yet another Yorkshire BNP criminal

| Saturday, 29 March 2008

It is getting hard to keep up with the felons that call themselves the BNP. On 17 March at Leeds Magistrates' Court John Powell was found guilty of assault by beating of, it is believed, his wife. Powell who stood as a BNP candidate in Beeston & Holbeck in 2004, Garforth and Swillington in 2006 and Killingbeck and Seacroft in... Read more

BNP fail in bid to stop postal votes

Neil Atkinson | Saturday, 29 March 2008

THE British National Party has failed in its bid to stop postal voting in Kirklees. The BNP has three members on Kirklees Council but their supporter’s bid to halt the postal vote at the forthcoming May elections was rejected. The action by the BNP member was turned down at Bradford County Court. At the hearing yesterday the application for an injunction to stop... Read more

Candidate calls for unity against BNP

Adrian Jenkins | Friday, 28 March 2008

LABOUR'S Parliamentary hopeful for Burton has called on the mainstream political parties to take the fight to the British National Party (BNP) to stop it gaining a foothold in the town. In an article for left-leaning magazine Progress, Ruth Smeeth appealed to the Tories, Liberal Democrats and members of her own party to combat the BNP in the constituency by addressing... Read more

Keep BNP out, Welsh voters are warned

Dana Gloger | Friday, 28 March 2008

WELSH voters have been urged to vote in the May elections amid fears that the British National Party (BNP) could otherwise make substantial gains. All councils in Wales will be holding elections on May 1. This week, Alun Hughes, national secretary of the Communist Party of Wales, said he was extremely concerned that the BNP could make gains in May. “They are... Read more

Rat alert London

| Thursday, 27 March 2008

The rats will be out of sewers this weekend 29-30 March. The BNP is holding a national weekend of action as part of its campaign to get members elected to the London Assembly. This time the fascists are targeting two areas on both days. In the west they are meeting up at Hillingdon tube station at 11am. On the... Read more

BNP’s York MP hopeful ‘quits’

Nadia Jefferson-Brown | Thursday, 27 March 2008

A BRITISH National Party member who tried to fight an election in York and in Scotland at the same time has now "quit" after his own party took an injunction out against him. The BNP has taken legal action against six former officials including a man from York for alleged misuse of party data. Chairman of the BNP, Nick Griffin, has secured... Read more

BNP ‘is to blame’ for web racism

| Wednesday, 26 March 2008

CAMPAIGNERS against racism have accused the British National Party of using the internet to create racial tension over the bid to establish an Islamic cultural centre in Solihull. During the past fortnight, comments on Solihull Muslim Community Association's plan - some of them obscene - have been posted on the Facebook social networking website. The Solihull Unite Against Fascism group claimed the... Read more

Meral Ece wants Turkish community to keep BNP out

| Thursday, 20 March 2008

Meral Ece, Liberal Democrat Assembly Candidate for North East london, has called on the Turkish community in London to make sure that they are registered to vote come the May 1 GLA elections in order to make sure the BNP do not win any seats. Ms Ece said: "On May 1 elections, every vote will count. Any party which polls 5%... Read more

AFC, Raiders lead the way in stand against racism

| Thursday, 20 March 2008

FURNESS community groups and sports clubs, including AFC and the Raiders, are banding together to take a stand against racism. Groups, which also include Ormsgill Residents and Tenants Association and Furness Multicultural Forum, have organised an event, aimed at stamping out racism and celebrating the Ormsgill public’s unity and opposition to it. The “Unity in the Community” celebration will include soccer skills... Read more

Give us a lift, Jace

| Wednesday, 19 March 2008

After last weekend’s fiasco in Havering the BNP have turned their attention to Redbridge once again. Yes that’s the borough whose solitary BNP councillor Julian Leppert fled to Loughton soon after he was elected. The weekend’s effort towards the party’s London Assembly election campaign is being organised by Councillor Robert Bailey, deputy to the BNP’s Mayoral candidate Richard Barnbrook... Read more

DISPUTE: Cllr Pat Pattison is no longer a member of the BNP after the party claimed they sacked him

Terry Canty | Wednesday, 19 March 2008

A WAR of words has broken out between a councillor and the British National Party. Llysfaen councillor Pat Pattison said he quit the far right party but the BNP say they sacked him. The independent councillor who outraged electors when he switched to the BNP last September, said he washed his hands of the party after he was criticised for helping... Read more

Giving the BNP the run around - part 2

| Monday, 17 March 2008

When the BNP turned up at Harold Hill railway station on a rainy Sunday morning they were hoping to intimidate campaigners from the anti-fascist community group Redbridge and Epping Forest Together, who included Searchlight’s publisher Gerry Gable. London taxi driver Jason Douglas, who is general factotum to the BNP candidate in next Thursday’s by election in Gooshays ward, Havering, drove... Read more

Sick BNP leaflet blames Muslims for heroin trade

| Thursday, 13 March 2008

Sometimes the depths to which the BNP are willing to sink can surprise even veteran anti-fascists. In their latest assault on Muslim communities, the BNP have started claiming that there is an intrinsic link between “Islam” and the heroin trade. In an interview on the BBC’s Newsnight, Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, accused Muslim immigrants of being responsible for Britain’s... Read more

Police probe BNP leaflet

| Wednesday, 12 March 2008

POLICE are investigating a leaflet produced by the BNP and posted to homes in Solihull, which claims the borough is being subjected to "Islamification". It says if plans for a Muslim cultural centre in Dog Kennel Lane, Shirley, are given the go-ahead, it will lead to "conflict" and "discontentment" in the area. The plans have been submitted to Solihull Council by Solihull... Read more

Giving the BNP the runaround

| Tuesday, 11 March 2008

A plan by Kirklees BNP to intimidate local anti-fascists on the weekend of 8-9 March failed miserably, leaving copious amounts of egg on the face of Heckmondwike BNP councillor David Exley. Hope not Hate Yorkshire in conjunction with Kirklees Unity had called a day of action on Sunday 9 March for Heckmondwike ward in Kirklees. Heckmondwike has two sitting BNP... Read more

IN MEMORIAM LEON GREENMAN 1910 - 2008

Nick Ullmann | Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Auschwitz survivor, musician, market trader, author and educator of generations of young people against fascism and racism This moving obituary was written by an Essex teacher who met Leon several years ago and was inspired as he watched Leon speak to thousands of children over many years. I have just learnt of Leon Greenman’s death at the age of 97. It had never... Read more

Searchlight remembers Leon

Gerry Gable | Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Leon was a regular fixture at the Jewish Museum in North London, running sessions for visitors from around Britain and across the world. A tiny man but a giant, he was in the front line when tens of thousands of anti-fascists marched on the old BNP headquarters in Welling, southeast London in 1993. Only the courage of Julie Waterson of the... Read more

Mother condemns BNP’s heroin leaflet

Peter Magill | Monday, 10 March 2008

THE parents of a heroin overdose victim have condemned a British National Party-backed leaflet blaming Muslims for the drugs trade. The publishers of a controversial flyer, claiming Muslims were responsible for fostering the heroin market in the UK, are being investigated by police on suspicion of inciting racial hatred. Hundreds of homes in Burnley, Pendle and Preston received the leaflets, which have... Read more

I was in the back of Jason Douglas’s cab the other day and I heard

| Saturday, 8 March 2008

It’s nice to see the BNP offering some hospitality instead of hostility for a change. If you are passing the Valentine pub just off Gants Hill roundabout in Redbridge on Sunday 9 March at 6.45pm, you might pop in to claim the free pint that we hear the BNP are offering as inducement to get people to attend their by-election... Read more

BNP London election campaign hit by conviction of police infiltrator on weapons charges

Searchlight | Saturday, 8 March 2008

At the turn of the year officers from the Post Office Security Team based at London's main sorting office at Mount Pleasant intercepted a package from the USA which contained a Tazer gun, known as a stun gun, now in widening use by the Metropolitan Police Service. The addressee was a 23-year-old man, Ellis Hammond. The PO security team passed... Read more

BNP makes rare foray into the shires to oppose black Tory candidate

Nigel Morris and Jerome Taylor | Saturday, 8 March 2008

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones is no stranger to struggle. He battled his way out of inner-city Birmingham, served in the Army, carved out a career in television, set up a successful marketing agency, then became famous as Britain's only black farmer. But now he faces the fight of his life: against the British National Party. Selected to contest the Wiltshire constituency of Chippenham... Read more

‘Neo-Nazi’ accused of hoarding bomb-making materials

| Thursday, 6 March 2008

A suspected neo-Nazi accused of hoarding bomb-making materials at his Grimsby home has appeared in court to face terrorist charges. Nathan Worrell, 34, appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court via video link from Blakenhurst Prison, Worcestershire, for a short hearing. Police allegedly found bomb-making manuals, weedkiller and dismantled fireworks at his Cromwell Road flat, which was... Read more

Police probe into BNP heroin leaflet

Peter Magill and Nazia Parveen | Thursday, 6 March 2008

A British National Party member could face police investigations after he distributed hundreds of leaflets across Preston which blame Muslims for the heroin trade in Britain. Tony Bamber, who stood in local elections for the BNP in Tulketh ward in 2006, denied being solely responsible for the distribution of the leaflets but admitted he was involved. Mr Bamber, 52, said: "The leaflets... Read more