More by-election failures for BNP and NF

| Friday, 30 April 2004

The BNP claimed it was "delighted" with the 14.66% it polled in a London Borough of Hillingdon council by-election in South Ruislip on 29 April 2004 but the truth is it was yet another in a long run of by-election failures for the BNP since the 2003 council elections. The result confirms the growing reputation of the BNP as a... Read more

Website shame of extremist teacher

By Shahid Naqvi | Thursday, 29 April 2004

Teacher Simon Smith and BNP election candidate ran an extremist website which described the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust as a "lie" and claimed photographic evidence of Nazi gas chambers had been doctored. The Solihull maths teacher was suspended yesterday from his job at St Peter's Catholic School in Solihull after it emerged he was standing as... Read more

Leaders want faith and loathing in Brum

By Emma Pinch | Thursday, 29 April 2004

Faith leaders across Birmingham are to call upon the public to nurture a "loathing" of racism ahead of June's elections. Their resolution backs a decision by the heads of major churches across West Yorkshire who yesterday signed a joint statement deploring the policies of the BNP. The signatories, who included the bishops of Wakefield and Bradford, insisted they were not... Read more

Bishop target of 'filthy, evil' hate

| Thursday, 29 April 2004

THE Bishop of Sheffield has been targeted by racist bigots for speaking out against the far right British National Party. The Rt Reverend Jack Nicholls revealed last night that he had received shocking abuse from BNP supporters for urging voters to reject the BNP at a public rally. But it didn't stop him from standing alongside some of Sheffield's leading lights... Read more

Horror at swastika graffiti at major city road

Jason Cumming | Wednesday, 28 April 2004

HORRIFIED community leaders today condemned racist vandals who daubed swastikas along one of the main routes into the Capital. A road sign and several utility boxes in Calder Road near Sighthill were defaced with the Nazi symbols. Campaigners warned the incident could mark the beginning of a major drive by sympathisers of the far-right British National Party prior to June's European elections. But... Read more

Bishop's BNP warning

| Wednesday, 28 April 2004

A Midland bishop has written to churchgoers in his diocese urging them to reject the BNP during June's Euro elections. The Rt Revd Alan Smith, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, has warned parishioners in the Diocese of Lichfield that "apathy and complacency" could hand victory to the extremist party. Bishop Smith's political message was made just days before reports that a... Read more

BNP candidate suspended by school

| Wednesday, 28 April 2004

A maths teacher set to stand for the BNP in June's European elections has been suspended by his school. Simon Smith, a teacher at St Peter's Roman Catholic School in Solihull has been chosen as a candidate in the West Midlands Euro constituency. Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council confirmed his suspension on Wednesday after teaching union NASUWT announced it was investigating... Read more

Protests over Le Pen's dinner

By Daniel Davies | Monday, 26 April 2004

A MASSIVE police operation kept protesters well away from French National Front Leader Jean-Marie Le Pen when he visited Wales last night. He gave a speech as the guest of honour at a British National Party black-tie dinner on a farm said to belong to BNP leader Nick Griffin near Llanfair Caereinion, Powys. Dozens of police monitored roads and country... Read more

BNP man will stand trial

| Monday, 26 April 2004

A MAN accused of head-butting his girlfriend on Valentine's Day is to stand trial. Mark Kilpatrick, 33, of Harcourt Street, Darlington, initially pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm when he appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court last month. He was due to be sentenced yesterday, but, after hearing comments he had made to the probation service in a... Read more

Churches urge voters to reject the BNP

Martin Wainwright | Monday, 26 April 2004

Some of the most senior church leaders in the North will issue a joint declaration against the British National party this week, calling on voters to reject the rightwing group at the coming local council and European elections. The West Yorkshire hierarchies of every mainstream Christian denomination have agreed an uncompromising attack on "divisive" politics which deny the central precepts of... Read more

Wickford: Angry protesters confront the BNP

| Monday, 26 April 2004

Police kept anti-Nazi protesters and British National Party supporters apart during tense confrontations at a south Essex train station at the weekend. Far-right skinheads and other racists gathered at Wickford station before moving on to a "family" rally at Crowsheath Farm, near Ramsden Heath, on Saturday morning. They were met by an angry group of hundreds of protesters who chanted... Read more

hush-hush affair as Le Pen descends on sleepy Altrincham (but not for long)

By Ian Herbert, North of England Correspondent | Monday, 26 April 2004

The Stockport branches of Pets at Home and Office World have known a few busy Sundays over the years but a role as background in a hush-hush security plot involving the French nationalist leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was something new. The action started around 1.30pm when a large man driving an even larger E-registered Bentley pulled into the car park... Read more

Storm at hotel as Le Pen supports the BNP

By Blaise Tapp | Monday, 26 April 2004

THERE were ugly scenes at a Greater Manchester hotel as hundreds of protesters pelted the car of French National Front leader Jean Marie Le Pen as he attended a press conference in support of the British National Party. Eggs, rocks and waste bins hit the car as Le Pen was driven away from a news conference at the Cresta Court... Read more

Le Pen UK visit sparks protests

| Sunday, 25 April 2004

Angry crowds greeted the French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen during a visit to the UK on Sunday. Protesters hurled eggs and rubbish bins at his car as he stopped in Cheshire to endorse the British National Party. More than 100 demonstrators turned out, pounding Mr Le Pen's car and chanting slogans denouncing him as "fascist". But Mr Le Pen,... Read more

Church to take on the BNP

| Friday, 23 April 2004

RELIGIOUS groups across Wakefield are joining forces to encourage voters not to vote for the British National Party in June's local elections. The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Stephen Platten, and Deputy Bishop, the Rt Rev Tony Robinson have already endorsed a General Synod recommendation that a "vote for the BNP is an affront to God", and the racist... Read more

Le Pen's BNP tour condemned

| Thursday, 22 April 2004

A visit to the UK by French far right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has been condemned by a government minister. Mr Le Pen is due to visit Manchester and the West Midlands this weekend, as part of a tour to back the British National Party (BNP). On Thursday Labour MP Richard Burden said the tour will "promote racial discord". But... Read more

BNP trail fourth in Telford

| Thursday, 22 April 2004

Results of 22 April by-election in Madeley ward, borough of Telford and Wrekin Birtwhistle John Percy Independent 387 Coleman Brian Martin British National Party 188 Jones Janice Labour Party 421 King Patricia Anne Liberal Democrat 105 Knight Raymond John UK Independence Party 36 Wilkie Pamela Conservative Party 311 The turnout was 35%, the ward contains 4243 electors ... Read more

BNP Euro Candidate In Union Probe

| Wednesday, 21 April 2004

The British National Party's top Welsh candidate for the European elections last night revealed he was facing a union disciplinary hearing. Flintshire based John Walker said he had been charged by the Transport & General Workers Union with falsely describing himself as an active trade unionist on the BNP's website. He claimed he also faced charges that by seeking to... Read more

Le Pen to help BNP Europe effort

| Wednesday, 21 April 2004

French National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen is to help the far-right British National Party (BNP) launch its European election effort. Mr Le Pen wants to bolster the presence of the far-right in Europe so they can form their own bloc and speak from the floor of the parliament. BNP leader Nick Griffin said a 'nationalist' presence in Brussels could... Read more

BNP-backing Martin sparks alert

| Monday, 19 April 2004

CONVICTED killer Tony Martin is being offered psychiatric help after he was found hiding in a cavity in a barn after a nine-hour police hunt at the weekend. A helicopter, police dogs and at least a dozen officers were involved in the search after a friend reported that the farmer seemed to have vanished. Police were worried because the 59-year-old's... Read more

Vote BNP and give Britain a dictator, says Tony Martin

| Sunday, 18 April 2004

Tony Martin, the Norfolk farmer jailed for shooting dead a gypsy burglar, has become a supporter of the British National Party, urging people to vote for the far-Right racist movement that wants legal immigrants "voluntarily repatriated". Martin has admitted attending a meeting of the BNP in the past two weeks and says that he has recently been to gatherings of the... Read more

Ex-BNP man gets two-year soccer ban

| Saturday, 17 April 2004

FORMER British National Party councillor Luke Smith has been banned from attending football matches for the next two-and-a-half years. Gas engineer Smith, 22, who is already banned for life from Turf Moor, was slapped with the new ban after magistrates heard he had been involved in around 20 incidents of violence and disorder in the last five years. The violence... Read more

Uproar over Nazi graffiti

By Alec Doyle, Flintshire Chronicle Series | Friday, 16 April 2004

RESIDENTS of a Sealand housing estate have expressed disgust after properties were sprayed with BNP slogans. Vandals have also sprayed Chester City FC slogans alongside swastikas and the logo of the British National Party. 'It's disgraceful,' said one resident, who did not wish to be named. 'My kids get up every morning and see those messages. One night it just seemed to... Read more

Racist leaflets school warning

By Sean Coughlan | Monday, 12 April 2004

Teachers are warning that ethnic tensions in schools are being aggravated by the rise in far-right political parties. The National Union of Teachers' annual conference heard that the British National Party was recruiting among school children. Teachers said racist leaflets were "poisoning the atmosphere in schools". When such leaflets appeared in schools, the levels of "racial violence" increased, said delegates.... Read more

I've quit BNP for my girl -- Dad's party shame

By Scott Hussey | Friday, 9 April 2004

A BRITISH National Party candidate has stood down after his daughter told him to quit. Alistair Harper, 75, planned to stand for the far-right party in Scotland. The retired teacher, from Lathalmond, Fife, said he was proud to be chosen by the BNP to stand as a candidate in the European parliment elections in June. But after a showdown with... Read more