Cheshire clergyman says BNP vote opposes Christian values

Northwich Guardian | Thursday, 30 April 2009

A rector has accused the British National Party of positioning itself as the Christian party of the country. As reported in the Guardian last week, the BNP held a secret meeting in Winsford Lifestyle Centre. It was booked under the name of the Christian Council of Britain, although the BNP admitted there was no affiliation between the two groups. The Rev Ian Bishop,... Read more

Philosophy Football's evening in support of Searchlight

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Matthew Collins | Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Once more we are indebted to our friends at Philosophy Football for another excellent evening in support of Searchlight and the HOPE not hate campaign. Monday night's launch saw hundreds of trade unionists and antifascists pack into London's Congress House for an evening of comedy, poetry and music against an enormous HOPE not hate backdrop. ... Read more

Labour, Liberal Democrats and Conservatives back Hope Not Hate campaign against the BNP

Messenger | Tuesday, 28 April 2009

ALL three political parties in Trafford have taken a stand against the British National Party. The motion, called the ‘Hope not Hate’ campaign, will be debated at Trafford Town Hall tomorrow night ahead of the European elections on June 4. Labour councillor Barry Brotherton said: “The council is taking a stand by opposing those who stand to undermine Trafford. We have called... Read more

Campaign urges LGBT voters to stop BNP gaining in European elections

Pink News | Monday, 27 April 2009

Anti-fascist magazine Searchlight has launched a new campaign urging LGBT voters to help prevent the British National Party from gaining a foothold in the European elections. The campaign, called HOPE Not Hate, is encouraging voters to exercise their democratic right on June 4th so that the controversial party cannot gain seats in the European parliament. Anthony McCaul, of the Manchester branch of... Read more

HOPE not hate campaign takes off in Walsall

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Matthew Collins | Saturday, 25 April 2009

HOPE not hate kicked off in the Midlands with two leafleting sessions in Walsall either side of an excellent meal, with over 12,000 leaflets delivered today. Local activists will deliver a further 8,000 during the rest of the week. Two MPs and a good cross section of local faith groups and activists came together to deliver the new leaflet.... Read more

BNP candidate quizzed by police

BBC | Friday, 24 April 2009

A candidate for the British National Party (BNP) has been arrested by armed police in Suffolk. David Lucas, who is standing in the European elections, was questioned on suspicion of handling stolen goods. The arrest of Mr Lucas on Thursday is in connection with an incident at Halesworth, in Suffolk, last year. The BNP confirmed that Mr Lucas had been arrested at his... Read more

Lessons from Wanstead

HOPE not hate / Searchlight | Friday, 24 April 2009

The British National Party’s decision to fight a Redbridge Council by-election in Wanstead threw a huge rock into the local political pool. John Evans, who is also on the BNP’s list for the European election in London, came a poor fifth out of six candidates, with only 4.9% of the... Read more

BNP leader defends policy on race

BBC News | Thursday, 23 April 2009

British National Party (BNP) chairman Nick Griffin has defended a party leaflet which says that black Britons and Asian Britons "do not exist". The BNP's "Language and Concepts Discipline Manual" says the term used should be "racial foreigners". In a BBC interview, Mr Griffin said to call such people British was a sort of "bloodless genocide" because it denied indigenous people their... Read more

Archdeacon drives BNP activist away from cathedral

Christian Today by Jennifer Gold | Thursday, 23 April 2009

The Archdeacon of Lichfield, the Ven Chris Liley, drove away a British National Party (BNP) activist who was campaigning outside of Lichfield Cathedral. The activist had parked his “Truth Truck” outside the cathedral and started taking pictures of the truck with the cathedral in the background. The Archdeacon, who is 61, told the activist to stop taking pictures and to leave the... Read more

Billy Bragg slams BNP for hijacking St George's Day

Barking and Dagenham Recorder | Thursday, 23 April 2009

BILLY Bragg today (Thursday) blasted the BNP for hijacking St George's Day and trying to turn his home town into the "racist capital of Britain". The Barking-born musician condemned the party's exclusive patriotism, saying it was at odds with the area's history that saw migrants flock to the 27,000-home Becontree Estate in Dagenham to work for car giant Ford before World... Read more

Urgent Kirklees Unity news

Kirklees Unity by Kirklees Unity | Wednesday, 22 April 2009

It has been brought to our attention that the BNP in Kirklees intends again to hold a meeting in the Heckmondwike area on Thursday 23 April. The meeting which is due to start at 8pm is to be held at The Royal Hotel public house, which is on High Street Heckmondwike WF16 0AL. The... Read more

Church leaders to sign public statement opposing BNP

Ekklesia | Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Church leaders from around West Yorkshire will meet on Wednesday in united opposition to the racist British National Party (BNP) ahead of the European elections in June. They are expected to approve a statement on political extremism which will be critical of the BNP and will urge voters to ‘use their cross’ for the main democratic parties. In a symbolic move, the... Read more

Walthamstow HOPE not Hate

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sam | Monday, 20 April 2009

Walthamstow took up the call for HOPE not hate yesterday afternoon with one of the best community organising meetings I have had the pleasure of speaking at in some time. Forty people turned up from every possible part of the community. Most were not experienced... Read more

BNP hides its skinheads to woo voters

The Sunday Times by Jonathan Oliver | Sunday, 19 April 2009

BRITISH National party (BNP) skinheads are being urged to cover up their shaven scalps as the far-right group seeks to present a new, more respectable image, according to a leaked internal “war book”. Polling experts believe the antiimmigration party led by Nick Griffin has a chance of picking up its first seats in the European parliament in June by capitalising on... Read more

BNP councillor disowned

Rotherham Advertiser by Phil Turner | Saturday, 18 April 2009

A BNP councillor has been disowned by his own party in an extraordinary move.Cllr John Gamble (52), who won a seat in the Brinsworth and Catcliffe ward last May, will no longer represent the BNP on Rotherham Borough Council, the Advertiser can reveal.The shock move to strip Cllr Gamble of the party whip by regional officials reduces the... Read more

Nelson school in row over BNP stunt

Lancashire Telegraph | Friday, 17 April 2009

A ROW has erupted after BNP members parked a campaign trailer outside a school. Representatives, including two councillors, were filmed arguing with a senior teacher from Pendle Vale College, in Oxford Road, after a large sign emblazoned with the party’s logo and a slogan was driven to the site. Now the footage has been posted on YouTube, as well as the BNP’s... Read more

BNP by-election campaigner arrested over ‘racist attack’

Wanstead and Woodford Guardian by Sam Adams | Wednesday, 15 April 2009

A FRIGHTENED mum-of-two has been left too scared to leave her home she was allegedly called a ‘nigger’ by a British National Party (BNP) canvasser during a racist tirade in front of her five year old son. Charleen Tobin, of St Margaret’s Road, Wanstead, has refused to leave her house since the incident - on Tuesday evening - during which she... Read more

Colin Jordan: key figure in the postwar British fascist movement

The Guardian by Gerry Gable | Monday, 13 April 2009

When Colin Jordan, who has died aged 85, mounted the platform at a "National Socialist Movement" rally in Trafalgar Square on 1 July 1962, it was the high point of his career on the extreme right. Behind him, a banner proclaiming "Free Britain From Jewish Control" and "Britain Awake" echoed the slogans of Hitler's regime. Uniformed in the mode of what... Read more

Anti-fascist alliance keeps far-right crusader at bay

Searchlight / HOPE not hate | Friday, 10 April 2009

On Tuesday 10 March the Royal Anglian Regiment were heckled by a fringe group of extremist Muslim demonstrators as the soldiers marched through Luton Town Centre. This predictable action frustrated and angered nearly every section of the community – above all the local mosques, which had already banned the 15 individuals. The blaze of negative publicity produced strong comment both... Read more

BNP organisers gather for Easter bash

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Gerry Gable | Thursday, 9 April 2009

A little bird dropped the notice below in our laps – not one of the birds that Simon Darby, deputy leader of the BNP and the party’s press officer, is forever watching, even when he is in London acting as part-time personal assistant to Richard Barnbrook, the BNP’s solitary London Assembly member. Darby, as we reported here on... Read more

BNP's fake AFA email is tribute to HOPE not hate's success

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Some of our supporters have received an email today purporting to come from a group called "Real AFA" and claiming to "expose" Searchlight's HOPE not hate campaign. The language looks superficially leftwing and anti-BNP but the whole thing is a sham. Behind it lies the BNP itself. It is full of the same lies that the BNP's chief lie-manufacturer Tony Shell... Read more

Bletchley ASLEF meeting

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Matthew Collins | Wednesday, 8 April 2009

A lively meeting of the Bletchley branch of ASLEF, the rail union, ended with ASLEF members agreeing to support Union Friday and get involved in days of action in their region. The branch celebrated its centenary by inviting Midlands TUC and Searclight to give a presentation about the HOPE not hate campaign. ... Read more

Englishness does not mean you are BNP

The Sun by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York | Tuesday, 7 April 2009

ENGLISHNESS is back on the agenda. One of the consequences of the recent attacks by so-called home-grown terrorists has been to ask what it means to be English? Can there be an identity we can all share, flexible enough to recognise the new aspects of England while remaining authentic enough to proudly recognise England’s history? Where there is no awareness of identity, there... Read more

BNP deputy leader addresses international fascist rally

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Sunday, 5 April 2009

The deputy leader of the British National Party has spoken at an international fascist rally alongside a man convicted of a terrorism offence and a convicted Holocaust denier. Simon Darby claims he addressed a 400-strong audience in Milan today (5 April). Representatives of extreme-right parties in Germany, France, Romania, Hungary and Cyprus were... Read more

Leicester City is united

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Ian T | Sunday, 5 April 2009

Members of Unite the Union, the Hindu Forum of Britain and the National Union of Students met in Leicester to launch their HOPE not hate campaign today (Sunday). Whilst the city bathed in glorious and welcome sunshine, a steady stream of people accepted an invite to dine and meet together to discuss the BNP threat in the East Midlands.... Read more

Vernon will deliver, the CWU won't

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Ian T | Sunday, 5 April 2009

Vernon Coaker MP, the Minister of State for policing, security and crime, has pledged to help the HOPE not hate campaign by delivering Searchlight materials against the BNP. Speaking at Saturday’s HOPE not hate day school in Nottingham, Coaker told the delegates that he would do whatever he could to stop the BNP, a party he holds particular revulsion for. "I have... Read more

BNP man jailed for attack on woman

Kirklees Unity by Kirklees Unity | Saturday, 4 April 2009

The Wakefield Express reported today that a Mapplewell man has been sent to prison for attacking his ex-partner. What was not mentioned in both the newspaper and the courtroom was that the convicted man was none other than John Aveyard, former organiser of the BNP's Wakefield branch. Aveyard, who has stood for the BNP... Read more

Sandwell HnH Sikh Meeting

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Gurinder Singh Josan | Saturday, 4 April 2009

Members of the Sikh community in Sandwell turned out to participate in a HOPE not hate forum on Saturday. Representatives of the Sikh Gurdwaras and various community organisations met with local MPs and HOPE not hate activists to discuss the threat of the BNP over a cup of tea and a samosa. Sylvia Heal, MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, spoke... Read more

Dirwasgiad a’r bygythiad Ffasgaidd

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Ian T | Friday, 3 April 2009

Plaid Cymru, the progressive Nationalist Party of Wales hosted a Searchlight Cymru fringe meeting at their spring conference, addressed by Matthew Collins today. Searchlight Cymru (previously Wales Friends of Searchlight) enjoys cross-party support in Wales and, the day before, the main parties of Wales agreed once more to back an all-party anti-BNP campaign in the European election.... Read more

They seek him here

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Thursday, 2 April 2009

Richard Barnbrook, the BNP’s London Assembly member, attended Barking and Dagenham council’s budget setting meeting on 25 February, where he was reportedly still recovering from his birthday celebrations the day before. But he seems to have been doing little in return for his £50,000 a year Assembly salary, if his website is anything to go by. As Searchlight goes to... Read more

Equality for some

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Thursday, 2 April 2009

Martyn Findley, one of the two BNP councillors elected to Nuneaton and Bedworth council last May, is clearly in need of some instruction on his own party’s policies. A meeting of the council’s Overview Joint Scrutiny Commission on 16 March listened to a presentation from the council’s equalities officer. In the discussion that followed, Findley asked the chairman: "Can you... Read more

Parties unite against BNP ahead of Euro vote

The Scotsman | Thursday, 2 April 2009

SCOTLAND'S four main political parties have agreed a united stance against the far-right British National Party at this year's European Parliament elections. Labour, SNP, Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates will refuse to appear alongside the BNP during the campaign for the June 4 poll. Scottish Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson said: "We learned the BNP will be running a full slate of... Read more

Tories will walk out if BNP stand in Europe

The Courier by Stefan Morkis | Thursday, 2 April 2009

CONSERVATIVES that are to stand for the European Parliament have said they will not share a platform with candidates from the far-right BNP. The BNP will field six candidates in Scotland at the Euro Elections in June. However, the Conservatives have said they will not take part in hustings where the party is involved. Tory MEP Struan Stevenson said, “The BNP are running... Read more

BNP routed in Keynsham

| Thursday, 2 April 2009

Thanks to everyone who answered our last-minute call to leaflet in Keynsham. The BNP finished last in the town council election, with only 74 votes, which means they are still to win an election in the South West. To help keep it that way, it is essential we know when and where the BNP is standing. Please don't leave it to others... Read more

HnH NUS Conference report

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sam | Wednesday, 1 April 2009

HOPE not hate launched its joint student campaign with NUS in Blackpool to a thunderous reception. Invited to give the traditional fraternal greetings from a partner organisation Matthew Collins, a director of Searchlight, spoke of his personal experience of the extreme nature of the far right, and the violence and viciousness with which they would attack students and those who... Read more

Loughton parents reject BNP

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Parents at a Loughton primary school are unhappy at the prospect of a British National Party councillor becoming a school governor. Pat Richardson, the BNP group leader on Epping Forest District Council, put herself forward for the Hereward Primary School position after no candidates came forward from the local community. The school’s governing body will have to decide whether to... Read more