Police chief delivers BNP warning

By Ciaran Fagan | Thursday, 29 July 2004

Leicestershire's chief constable today vowed to sack any police officer who joins the British National Party or any far right group. Matt Baggott today also issued a stern warning to any members of the party considering joining the force, after the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) announced a ban in England and Wales last night. Chief officers say membership... Read more

BNP councillor loses driving job

| Thursday, 29 July 2004

One of Bradford's BNP councillors who featured in a BBC expose about the party has been sacked from his job as a taxi driver. Councillor Chris Kirby claims he was sacked after his employers were told they might lose lucrative health service contracts if he kept working. But Keighley Taxis director, Stuart Hastings, has denied this. He said it became... Read more

Accounts crisis hits BNP after TV revelations

By Brian Moher | Tuesday, 27 July 2004

The British National Party may be hit with a £5,000 fine if it fails to meet a second deadline to file its accounts, Accountancy Age has learned. The far-right party has been given until the end of the month to file its accounts because it was unable to meet the original 7 July deadline. A second failure could mean a... Read more

ACPO bans police from joining BNP

| Tuesday, 27 July 2004

Police officers and staff could face dismissal if they join the British National Party (BNP) under a new policy agreed by senior officers. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said the policy was unanimously endorsed at a Chief Constables' Council meeting this month. The policy applied to membership of bodies in conflict with the force's duty to promote race... Read more

Sixth arrest in BNP film inquiry

| Wednesday, 21 July 2004

A sixth man has been arrested following the BBC documentary about the British National Party. The 23-year-old, from Bradford, was questioned on suspicion of racially aggravated threatening behaviour. A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said he was released on police bail on Wednesday. It brings the total number of men arrested in the inquiry to six. Police say they have been... Read more

Five men on bail after BNP film

| Tuesday, 20 July 2004

Five men arrested following a BBC documentary on the British National Party have been released. The men, all from West Yorkshire, were bailed pending further inquiries. One man was questioned about racially aggravated harassment, another was held on suspicion of possessing a firearm, a third with public order offences. Two men were held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal... Read more

Sting Stung - Star gave £20k to BNP fanatic

By Adrian Shaw | Monday, 19 July 2004

ROCK star Sting was stung for £20,000 for a charity project which turned out to be run by a BNP fanatic. He was duped into supporting the scheme to plant woodland throughout the country as part of the celebrations for the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Sting wasdue to open the trust's first wood last summer.But he had to cancel when the... Read more

United in Walk of Friendship

| Monday, 19 July 2004

RELIGIOUS leaders are staging a march through Huddersfield to show their opposition to the British National Party. Seven faiths, including Muslims and Anglicans, will be represented when the Walk of Friendship is held on Saturday, July 31. Organisers said they 'abhorred' views expressed by members of the far-Right BNP in a TV documentary last Thursday. Police are investigating after BNP... Read more

UKIP suspends fraud trial Euro MP

BBC by . | Friday, 16 July 2004

The UK Independence Party has withdrawn the whip from one of its new MEPs after it emerged he faces trial on allegations of housing benefit fraud. A UKIP spokesman said Ashley Mote had failed to tell party managers of the impending court case. Mr Mote was elected for the south east of England in the European Parliament. UKIP said: "The whip... Read more

BNP chief apologises

| Friday, 16 July 2004

The British National Party leader has continued his tirade against the Islamic faith as a BBC expose showed some of his activists confessing to racist hate crimes. But Nick Griffin, in an interview broadcast on BBC Newsnight, did apologise unreservedly for some comments made during the covertly filmed documentary. Community leaders, MPs and Muslim groups all condemned the BNP earlier... Read more

Bank shuts BNP accounts

| Friday, 16 July 2004

Barclays Bank has announced it is to close the accounts held by the far-right British National Party. The announcement comes after television documentary filmed party members confessing to assaults on Muslims. Barclays is expected to shut about five accounts linked to the BNP, not all of which are registered in the party's name. BNP chairman Nick Griffin described the closure as "absolutely scandalous"... Read more

BNP exposť draws 4 million

Analysis for Daily TV Marketplace by Kevin May. | Friday, 16 July 2004

A damning BBC One undercover documentary on the British National Party was watched by one in five of the total television audience last night. The Secret Agent at 9pm grabbed a 19.6% share of the audience and 4 million viewers, as a succession of BNP members were exposed by undercover reporter Jason Gwynne. The party has reacted swiftly to expel... Read more

BNP 'mole' refuses to be moved by threats

By Matthew Taylor | Friday, 16 July 2004

A British National party regional organiser who was last night revealed as an anti-racist "mole" in a BBC documentary says he has received death threats from former colleagues in the organisation. Andy Sykes helped set up the Secret Agent programme which uncovered racism, violence and anti-semitism within the BNP. Several senior party figures, including the chairman, Nick Griffin, could face... Read more

'Disgust' claim by BNP

| Friday, 16 July 2004

KIRKLEES'S only British National Party councillor today pleaded ignorance over race hate views expressed in a BBC1 documentary last night. David Exley was responding to Secret Agent, filmed in Bradford and Keighley. Footage included a party member bragging about beating up an Asian man, another describing squirting dog mess through the letterbox of an Asian takeaway and a would-be councillor... Read more

Racist British National Party leaders exposed

| Friday, 16 July 2004

Leading figures in the British National Party are shown in a BBC documentary admitting violence and racism towards Asians and delivering speeches inciting racial hatred. Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, is filmed telling a meeting in Keighley, West Yorkshire, where there had been a series of sex attacks, that the Koran allows Muslims to take non-Muslim women by force. Griffin,... Read more

BNP activists admit to race crime

| Thursday, 15 July 2004

British National Party activists have confessed to racially motivated crimes including an assault on an Asian in a BBC undercover documentary. BNP member Steve Barkham told reporter Jason Gwynne how he kicked and punched a man during the 2001 Bradford riots. The Secret Agent also shows the party's leader Nick Griffin condemning Islam as a "vicious wicked faith". Mr Griffin... Read more

Race group in BNP row disbanded

| Thursday, 15 July 2004

A council race relations committee that drew national attention when it appointed a British National Party (BNP) councillor is being disbanded. Adrian Marsden was named as part of the Race Equality and Community Cohesion Working Group on Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire last week. The move was condemned by fellow councillors and West Yorkshire MPs. The council has now said... Read more

Police probe as BNP caught on TV

By David Barrett | Thursday, 15 July 2004

ACTIVISTS in the British National Party face the threat of prosecution after confessing to committing racially motivated crimes in an undercover documentary set to be broadcast tonight. The film shows BNP leader Nick Griffin condemning Islam as a "vicious, wicked faith" - and claiming that he would face seven years in prison if he made the comments in public. A... Read more

BNP Branded 'Nazi Thugs'

By Vivienne Morgan, Political Staff, PA News | Thursday, 15 July 2004

The BNP was dubbed a party of "vile Nazis and thugs" by Commons Leader Peter Hain as all sides of the Commons condemned the far-right group today. Mr Hain also sent out a strong message of support for Britain's Muslim community, hailing its cultural and economic contribution to national life. His comments came ahead of an undercover documentary featuring British... Read more

Race Equality Committee in BNP Row Disbanded

By Nick Foley, PA News | Wednesday, 14 July 2004

A council which controversially appointed a British National Party councillor to a race equality committee announced today it was scrapping the panel following fierce criticism from MPs and fellow councillors. Adrian Marsden was appointed to the Race Equality and Community Cohesion Working Group of West Yorkshire-based Calderdale Council last week. But the move was immediately branded "mad" and "a joke"... Read more

Row over BNP councillor's race equality appointment

By Martin Wainwright | Saturday, 10 July 2004

A council's race equality committee is facing collapse after Conservative leaders appointed a BNP member in a move denounced by opponents as "a joke". Labour councillors in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, are considering withdrawing from the committee, possibly with Liberal Democrat colleagues, unless the appointment of councillor Adrian Marsden is overturned. His appointment was condemned yesterday by Alice Mahon, Labour MP... Read more

The rise of the BNP in Scotland: We want blood on streets

By Allan Caldwell | Monday, 5 July 2004

Chilling message of Scots neo-Nazis HARDLINE BNP members are preparing for racial violence in Scotland, the Record can reveal. A leading member bragged the party in Scotland were a 'revolution ready to happen'. And he welcomed the prospect of bloodshed on the streets. The views of Scottish vice-chairman Scott McLean disclosed to an undercover Record reporter fly in the face of... Read more

The rise of the BNP in Scotland: internet contact led to first meeting

By Allan Caldwell | Monday, 5 July 2004

I FIRST contacted the BNP through their website in mid March. Their Inverness-based Scottish secretary Kenny Smith e-mailed me after I asked about membership. He stated: 'To attend a meeting you must first have met one of our officials to confirm who you are, as we have to be tight on security due to media-inspired harassment meted out to venue... Read more

The rise of the BNP in Scotland: Sarwar our target

By Richard Elias | Monday, 5 July 2004

Right-wing extremists' real purpose is to sow dissent between local white and Asian voters THE Scottish BNP plan to fight Asian MP Mohammad Sarwar at the next General Election. They have no chance of winning the Labour MP's Govan seat but it will provide them a chance to stir up trouble and win publicity. Sarwar became Britain's first Asian MP... Read more

The rise of the BNP in Scotland: How we exposed this party of hatred

| Monday, 5 July 2004

THE strength of the BNP's Scottish connection was exposed by the Record earlier this year. We told how three Scots Nazis were hired to guard French fascist leader Jean-Marie Le Pen on a controversial visit to Britain. Notorious football hooligan Warren Bennett and cohorts David Kerr and Stevie Cartwright shadowed Europe's most hated politician as he drummed up support for... Read more

The rise of the BNP in Scotland: Record View race-hate 'war' must be broken

| Monday, 5 July 2004

TODAY the Daily Record has revealed the depths to which the British National Party are prepared to sink in order to get their message of hate across. They have put on a show of being a democratic political party, but underneath there is still the boot-and-bovver-boy mentality. Hard-line activists are openly boasting that Scotland is about to face a racist... Read more

The rise of the BNP in Scotland: RECORD GOES INSIDE BNP Scots Nazis' vile campaign

By Allan Caldwell | Monday, 5 July 2004

THE BRITISH National Party are plotting to step up their campaign of race hate in Scotland. A Daily Record reporter spent two months posing as a white extremist to infiltrate the party. He found that the BNP aim to target the business dealings of prominent Asian figures in an effort to discredit them and stand against Labour MP Mohammad Sarwar... Read more

Formal complaint against councillor

| Monday, 5 July 2004

AN anti-racist campaigner has reported Broxbourne BNP councillor Ramon Johns to the Standards Board of England claiming that he breached council codes of conduct over an election leaflet and letter to the Mercury. In his complaint, Ian Dust, co-ordinator of anti-prejudice group Broxbourne Against Racism (BAR), attacked Cllr Johns (BNP, Rosedale) for failing to distance himself from "unscrupulous acts" and... Read more

BNP will field city election candidate

By Phil Stubbs | Friday, 2 July 2004

Derby's first British National Party candidate will be standing in the forthcoming by-election in Mackworth. Nominations from five political parties have been received for the by-election on Thursday, July 29, which follows the death of Labour councillor Lonny Wilsoncroft in May. Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and United Kingdom Independence Party all submitted nominations to Derby City Council's returning... Read more

BNP councillor loses day job

Matthew Tempest and agencies | Thursday, 1 July 2004

A British National party councillor in Bradford has been sacked from his day job - three weeks after becoming one of the breakthrough councillors for the openly racist party. Arthur Redfearn was sacked from his job as a bus driver yesterday because his employers feared they would be in breach of their care of duty, as his job involves transporting vulnerable... Read more