Lost down your way

| Thursday, 28 April 2005

The BNP makes much of its desire to uphold British traditions. Its candidates say they care about local communities. So much so, that they cannot even spell the names of the towns and villages where they are asking people to vote for them. Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, is standing in Keighley, where the BNP has been trying to stir up... Read more

Legal threat over BNP lies

| Thursday, 28 April 2005

A councillor in Barking and Dagenham has challenged the British National Party to print a full page advert in the local papers retracting their slanderous lies about him in one of their election leaflets. If they fail to do so before election day, he will start a libel case against the party's local candidate. In their leaflet, under the headline "Africans... Read more

No platform policy hits BNP

| Thursday, 28 April 2005

London trade unionists have stopped an election hustings that was to take place at Brunel University on 3 May because a British National Party candidate had been invited to participate. This would have been the sole campaign appearance by Cliff LeMay, the BNP candidate for Uxbridge. In a good example of effective cooperation between Searchlight and the trade union movement,... Read more

Griffin’s gang pops Labour’s balloons

David Aaronovitch | Wednesday, 27 April 2005

Keighley is a depressing place in a beautiful setting: it straddles the River Aire, with Ilkley and its moor above on one side and Haworth with its Brontės on the other. There's wonderful old architecture in khaki Yorkshire stone – former Methodist halls and chapels, board schools, the glorious, diamond-windowed library, reminders of a lost civic past. There's precious little... Read more

BNP tries scare tactics to win target voters

Hugh Muir | Wednesday, 27 April 2005

The far-right British National party is claiming that Africans are being paid up to £50,000 to move into its number one target seat to protect the majority of a government minister. The party has poured activists from the south of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland into Barking, the east London seat that the children's minister, Margaret Hodge, holds with a 9,500... Read more

Alleged nazi hate gang head for Old Bailey

| Monday, 25 April 2005

A man well known to regular Searchlight readers is awaiting extradition to Britain after being arrested on the Spanish Costa del Sol. Mark Atkinson, 38, failed to appear at an Old Bailey hearing in February to face accusations of publishing race hate propaganda. Atkinson is one of seven alleged members of the extremist rightwing group, the Racial Volunteer Force, an... Read more

Trigger happy

| Monday, 25 April 2005

The BNP general election manifesto calls for every citizen to be issued with a citizen's assault rifle after completing a period of military training. The fascist party appears to have forgotten the Dunblane primary school massacre of 1996, in which Thomas Hamilton killed 16 small children and their teacher, and the Hungerford shootings of 1987 in which Michael Ryan arbitrarily... Read more

BNP launches national socialist manifesto

| Sunday, 24 April 2005

Sonia Gable analyses the BNP's general election manifesto. The British National Party chose St George's day to launch a 54-page general election manifesto that attempts to show that the BNP is more than a single issue party. Entitled Rebuilding British Democracy, it is an eclectic mixture of racism, nationalism, policies filched from the Tories, nostalgia for an imagined golden age probably... Read more

BNP ‘Racial attack’ claim sparks disgust

By Alison Kershaw | Friday, 22 April 2005

A LOUGHTON resident has hit out at a British National Party leaflet that claims a recent machete assault in Debden was a "horrific racial attack." The resident, who lives near Valley Hill but who asked not to be named, received the leaflet through her door last week. The pamphlet refers to an incident in which a man narrowly avoided losing two... Read more

BNP farce as rivals walk out

By Alan Weston Daily Post Staff | Wednesday, 20 April 2005

AN ELECTION meeting in which a Labour veteran was to share a platform with a British National Party candidate descended into farce last night. The meeting in Knowsley Village attracted controversy after it emerged that Labour's George Howarth, who is defending the parliamentary seat of Knowsley North and Sefton East, would be sharing a stage with BNP candidate Michael McDermott.... Read more

Stollar and BNP clash in ‘Nazi’ jibe row

By Jane Wharton | Tuesday, 19 April 2005

A ROW has broken out between the British National Party and Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate Gavin Stollar over allegations that he referred to the group as "Nazis". The BNP has reported the Grange Hill district councillor to the Standards Board, the local government watchdog, for "failing to treat others with respect". Mr Stollar said "Nazis are not welcome in our town"... Read more

Rodney Hylton-Potts

| Monday, 18 April 2005

Rodney Hylton-Potts, the winner of the crass TV show "Vote For Me", has been slammed by football fans for turning up a football match to "glad-hand" fans, after the death of the popular Kent non-league footballer, Paul Sykes. Hylton-Potts, is standing in the general election in Michael Howard's Folkestone and Hythe constituency. He has made a pact with the British National... Read more

15 years for racist attack thug

Mike Slingsby | Saturday, 16 April 2005

A RACIST thug who tried to kill an Asian doctor by driving over him three times has been jailed for 15 years. Michael Waine was fuelled by booze and steroids when he climbed behind the wheel of a hired car after watching a friend punch, kick and stamp on Dr Anhoop Mohan in Fallowfield last July. Waine, whose mother is... Read more

Three in Court after BNP Documentary

By Dave Higgens, PA | Thursday, 14 April 2005

Three men appeared before a judge today accused of racially aggravated harassment following an undercover TV documentary on the British National Party. Steve Barkham, 24, of Eccleshill, Bradford, Keith Webster, 30, of Idle Road, Bradford, and Richard O'Grady, 23, of Howgate, Bradford, all appeared at Leeds Crown Court. They were all charged following a police investigation into the Secret Agent documentary, shown... Read more

Extremist fined for abusive behaviour

By Johnathan Schroder | Thursday, 14 April 2005

A former British National Party (BNP) activist has been fined hundreds of pounds by magistrates for the harassment of an anti-racism campaigner from Freezywater. Roger Goff, of Forest Road, was verbally abused by former Cheshunt BNP member John Cope, of Mortimer Gate, as he delivered election leaflets last year for the Broxbourne Against Racism Group, of which he is a co-founder. Cope... Read more

Where candidates vie for race supremacy

By Ian Herbert | Wednesday, 13 April 2005

One day is much like any another at the Eclipse hairdressers' salon at Oakworth, an affluent, stone-built village in West Yorkshire's Brontė country, so the regulars were drawn from their blow-dryers when a new sports car door parked outside in the street. The salon's young proprietor Sharon Wiseman was the first to clock that the driver and his passengers were young... Read more

Tribunal Rejects BNP Member's Union Claim

Alan Jones, PA Industrial Correspondent | Thursday, 7 April 2005

A claim by a member of the British National Party that she was denied membership of a trade union because of her political views has been rejected by an employment tribunal, it was announced today. Donna Graham, from Leicester resigned from the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union (BFAWU) two years ago after her BNP membership became known. She tried to re-join... Read more

BNP chiefs bailed on race charges

| Thursday, 7 April 2005

Two key figures in the British National Party have been granted bail after appearing in court charged with race hate offences. Party leader Nick Griffin, 45, and founding chairman John Tyndall, 70, were given unconditional bail by magistrates in Leeds on Thursday. Both were arrested in December amid an investigation by West Yorkshire Police into the BBC film The Secret... Read more

BNP hammered in Shrewsbury

| Monday, 4 April 2005

In the final few weeks before the general election, the morale of the British National Party has been severely dented by this pathetic council by-election result. Bear in mind that the BNP only puts up candidates where it thinks it has a good chance of doing well. No wonder the BNP leadership failed to pass on this result to party... Read more

Urgent call for anti-BNP day of action in Redbridge

| Friday, 1 April 2005

Sunday 10 April, 11.30am Protest against the BNP assembling at Redbridge tube station, then go on to leaflet a local area where the BNP are active Searchlight has learned that BNP are intending to return to Redbridge on Sunday 10 April. They will assemble at Redbridge Underground Station at 12 noon to go on to an election rally somewhere close by. The... Read more

Griffin billed to speak at German nazi rally

| Friday, 1 April 2005

Nick Griffin, the British National Party leader, was lined up to speak at a nazi rally in eastern Germany in March. Although he pulled out at the last moment, the National Democratic Party (NPD) had already sent out programmes featuring his picture. Most of Germany's leading nazis spoke at the rally entitled "Germany will live – National Awakening in the 21st... Read more

BNP exposes its candidates to public scrutiny

| Friday, 1 April 2005

The BNP lined up 16 of its London and Home Counties candidates in Parliament Square, central London, on 20 March and our photographer was there to record the moment for history. What our picture does not show is how the assembled fascists in their best suits set up a production line to record a 30 second election sound bite in... Read more

Move over Walter Mitty

| Friday, 1 April 2005

A British National Party parliamentary candidate has tried to use Royalty, celebrities and football teams in an outrageous bid to endorse his election campaign. Richard Barnbrook, bragged that the Queen, Prince Charles, the rock star Sting and Liverpool and Everton football clubs backed a tree-planting charity he headed, along with Sir David Attenborough and Tony Blair. But he failed to... Read more