BNP faces fine for late accounts

Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 25 July 2007

The Electoral Commission has today published accounts of the main political parties for the year ending on 31 December 2006. Political parties and their accounting units are required by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) to submit their accounts each year to the Commission. Those with gross annual income or total expenditure of over 250,000 are given six... Read more

A thank you

Gerry Gable | Wednesday, 25 July 2007

I would like to extend my deepest thanks to everyone who came to my 70th birthday party, especially my family, some of whom travelled from abroad, my colleagues, whose presents are treasured, and friends old and new especially those with whom I stood shoulder to shoulder during our street fighting days. When I was 60 I wrote a thank you letter... Read more

BNP festival ruling may face appeal

Shaun Jepson | Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Protesters may appeal against a decision to allow alcohol and music at a British National Party festival. Villagers said they were disgusted after councillors yesterday decided to grant a drinks and entertainment licence to the Red, White and Blue event in Denby. The announcement came five days after Amber Valley Borough Council's licensing panel first met to discuss the application. It was... Read more

Property investment for fascists

| Tuesday, 24 July 2007

An article in a national newspaper last Sunday (22 July), and reproduced all over the internet, claimed to reveal how BNP leaders were setting up a self-sufficient rural bolthole in Croatia in preparation for when the oil runs out. In fact the story, which was full of errors, was the result of an attempt by the BNP to build a... Read more

Watchdog rejects BNP’s complaint

| Monday, 23 July 2007

A watchdog has said it will not follow up a complaint by the British National Party (BNP) that Stoke-on-Trent's elected mayor shows it "disrespect". Labour's Mark Meredith has refused to work with seven BNP councillors. They said the mayor did not respect the fact they had been elected. Mr Meredith said he had done nothing wrong. The National Standards Board for England said... Read more

Silver Ring secrets

Exclusive by Penman & Sommerlad | Saturday, 21 July 2007

WHEN 16-year-old Lydia Playfoot went to the High Court in a battle to wear a chastity ring to school, she won a wave of support among those concerned about the growing tide of underage sex and teen pregnancies. The pretty teenager who turned up at court each day appeared articulate, independent and committed in her opposition to sex before marriage -... Read more

Councillors take weekend to mull BNP festival decision

| Saturday, 21 July 2007

A decision on whether to allow alcohol and music at a festival planned by the British National Party has again been put on hold by councillors. Amber Valley Borough Council was expected to announce a decision on Thursday on whether to grant a drinks and entertainments licence for the Red, White and Blue festival - which is set to take place... Read more

BNP is linked to petition againt new ‘megamosque’

| Friday, 20 July 2007

Right-wing extremists have manipulated a Downing Street petition to stir up racial hatred over the building of a "megamosque" in east London, an investigation can reveal. More than 270,000 people have signed a petition on the Number 10 website that calls for the scrapping of plans to build Europe's largest mosque close to the main site of the 2012 Olympics. Tablighi Jamaat,... Read more

BNP no show costs taxpayer thousands

Martyn Dolton | Friday, 20 July 2007

THOUSANDS of pounds of taxpayers' money has been spent on policing a proposed BNP demonstration which never took place. Barking and Dagenham Police drafted in 69 extra officers from West London after the BNP announced earlier this month it would protest against the council's decision not to let the party have a stall at last weekend's Dagenham Town Show. The authority refused... Read more

Pub bans BNP man

Hayley Court | Thursday, 19 July 2007

Pub landlord Mark Foster has refused to serve BNP councillor Michael Simpkins amid fears that his presence would upset regulars. Mark Foster, landlord of the Hare and Hounds in Pickwick, confirmed he refused to allow the controversial Corsham town councillor to hold a party at the pub last night. The councillor is now demanding fellow BNP supporters boycott the pub, claiming that... Read more

BNP festival licences decision delayed again

Shaun Jepson | Thursday, 19 July 2007

A decision on whether alcohol can be sold and music played at a BNP festival has again been put on hold for a second time by councillors. The decision was deferred last night following three hours of deliberations. Amber Valley Borough Council's licensing committee met to decide whether to grant a drinks and entertainments licence for the Red, White and... Read more

BNP festival decision delayed

| Wednesday, 18 July 2007

A decision on whether alcohol can be sold at a BNP festival was deferred tonight following three hours of deliberations. Amber Valley Borough Council's licensing committee met to decide whether to grant a drinks and entertainments licence for the Red, White and Blue event, due to be held in Denby next month. But following three hours of discussions, councillors said they... Read more

BNP candidate says car tyres slashed

| Friday, 13 July 2007

BRITISH National Party candidate Andrew Spence said the tyres of his pick-up truck had been slashed. Mr Spence said the vehicle was attacked outside his family home, between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The Consett farmer said the cost of replacing the tyres and having the vehicle off the road for the day would run into several hundred pounds. "We are out to... Read more

BNP man’s £5 gifts broke standards watchdog rules

Michael Peel | Thursday, 12 July 2007

A BNP councillor who gave away 5 notes in Christmas cards has been hauled over the coals by The Standards Board for England. Paul Cromie, who represents Queensbury, made a 100 donation to a sheltered housing complex and also sent cash to 210 residents. Councillor Cromie, a member of Bradford Council, signed the cards using his official title of councillor... Read more

BNP man’s £5 gifts broke standards watchdog rules

Michael Peel | Thursday, 12 July 2007

A BNP councillor who gave away 5 notes in Christmas cards has been hauled over the coals by The Standards Board for England. Paul Cromie, who represents Queensbury, made a 100 donation to a sheltered housing complex and also sent cash to 210 residents. Councillor Cromie, a member of Bradford Council, signed the cards using his official title of councillor... Read more

Judge discharges bomb plot jury

| Thursday, 12 July 2007

A jury in the trial of two men with British National Party (BNP) links accused of plotting explosions has failed to reach a verdict. Robert Cottage, 49, and David Jackson, 62, both from Lancashire, had denied conspiracy to cause explosions with intent to endanger life. The judge at Manchester Crown Court discharged the jury on Thursday and ordered the men be found... Read more

Top Tory's blog on BNP is cleared

| Thursday, 12 July 2007

More than 180 complaints against Welsh Conservative leader Nick Bourne's blog criticism of the British National Party (BNP) have been officially rejected. The Mid and West Wales AM was cleared by a Welsh assembly standards committee inquiry after a post in February. More than 180 complaints were registered about the comments. Mr Bourne, who believed the complaints were politically orchestrated, called it a... Read more

BNP web-page councillor suspended

| Wednesday, 11 July 2007

A British National Party councillor has been suspended for publishing material which was "hateful and abusive" to ethnic minorities. Councillor Simon Smith of Sandwell Council in the Black Country put the material on his council web-page. His three-month suspension follows an investigation by the Standards Board for England. The council said it was suspending him for bringing his office and authority into disrepute. 'Incite... Read more

BNP web-page councillor suspended

| Wednesday, 11 July 2007

A British National Party councillor has been suspended for publishing material which was "hateful and abusive" to ethnic minorities. Councillor Simon Smith of Sandwell Council in the Black Country put the material on his council web-page. His three-month suspension follows an investigation by the Standards Board for England. The council said it was suspending him for bringing his office and authority into disrepute. 'Incite... Read more

BNP councillor resigns from district council

David Jackman | Tuesday, 10 July 2007

ONE of the six British National Party district councillors has resigned saying he can no longer commit sufficient time to his electors. Terry Farr, who represented the Loughton Alderton ward and whose seat is up for re-election next May, was one of the original three BNP councillors elected onto Epping Forest District Council. He announced his resignation this morning in a... Read more

BNP councillor resigns from district council

David Jackman | Tuesday, 10 July 2007

ONE of the six British National Party district councillors has resigned saying he can no longer commit sufficient time to his electors. Terry Farr, who represented the Loughton Alderton ward and whose seat is up for re-election next May, was one of the original three BNP councillors elected onto Epping Forest District Council. He announced his resignation this morning in a... Read more

Village anger at BNP festival plan

Melissa Beck | Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Emotions ran high when residents against plans to hold a large British National Party event in Denby met to discuss the proposals last night. People living in the village attended a parish council meeting to voice their concerns about the BNP's plans to host its annual Red, White and Blue event on August 4 and 5. Thousands of people are expected... Read more

BNP councillor resigns from district council

David Jackman | Tuesday, 10 July 2007

ONE of the six British National Party district councillors has resigned saying he can no longer commit sufficient time to his electors. Terry Farr, who represented the Loughton Alderton ward and whose seat is up for re-election next May, was one of the original three BNP councillors elected onto Epping Forest District Council. He announced his resignation this morning in a... Read more

Tory chief faces rap over BNP blog blast

Jon Harry | Sunday, 8 July 2007

THE Assembly's Tory leader is being investigated over an attack he made on the British National Party. Nick Bourne, Mid and West Wales AM, described the right-wing party as a "nasty, mean, distasteful and grubby bunch of sub-human flotsam and jetsam" in an article on his personal blog. The piece in February attracted more than 180 complaints to the Assembly under the... Read more

Drugs raid on BNP pub

Sonia Gable | Saturday, 7 July 2007

Councillor Jamie Jarvis, BNP councillor for Village ward on Barking and Dagenham council, was caught up in a police drugs raid on 15 June on the Cross Keys pub, a favourite BNP venue. Cllr Jarvis and his friends were heard abusing police and observers. Class A drugs were seized during the raid and a number of arrests were made before... Read more

Explosives recipes were ‘just for interest’

| Friday, 6 July 2007

A FORMER British National Party candidate accused of plotting to make bombs from chemicals he bought on the Internet claimed today the substances were for cleaning his false teeth and unblocking drains. Robert Cottage (49) told Manchester Crown Court he thought some of the other chemicals could be used to protect him from bird flu and purify water if supplies were... Read more

Dozy nazi in bomb blunder

| Thursday, 5 July 2007

A NEO-NAZI thug phoned socialist activists threatening to bomb them but forgot to hide his own number. John Montgomery, 20, was yesterday sentenced to 250 hours' community service after he phoned Greenock Scottish Socialist Party activists and threatened to put a bomb through their window then claimed he had a Browning pistol and was waiting for them outside. But Montgomery,... Read more

BNP men planned bombs for ‘race war’

Martin Wainwright | Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Two British National party members plotted to make bombs in readiness for a "civil war between races", a court was told yesterday. A former candidate for the party stashed boxes of chemicals at his home after buying them online at the instruction of a local dentist and fellow BNP member, jurors at Manchester crown court heard. However, the hoard amassed by Robert... Read more

BNP candidate was ‘stockpiling chemicals for civil war’

| Tuesday, 3 July 2007

THE wife of a BNP council candidate accused of stockpiling chemicals for a civil war reported him after he stopped her watching the television, a court heard. Kerena Cottage, 29, reported Robert, her husband of three-years, after he became "radical" in his religious and political views and removed the TV aerial to shield her from "government propaganda". Louise Blackwell, prosecuting, said: "He... Read more

BNP waits for ruling on festival

| Tuesday, 3 July 2007

A Festival for British National Party members which is aiming to attract thousands of visitors could still be stopped by council planners. The consultation period concerning the event ends on Sunday, July 15, with a decision due to be made by Amber Valley Borough Council on Wednesday, July 18. Alan Warner has applied for permission to hold RWB, Red, White and Blue,... Read more

BNP “plans twelfth recruitment’

| Tuesday, 3 July 2007

The far right British National Party is planning to recruit in Northern Ireland during the marching season, Ulster Unionist Danny Kennedy has claimed. Mr Kennedy, the UUP deputy leader, told the assembly the party was not welcome. "I have said to them that this isn't the kind of imported hate-mongering that we want or need in Northern Ireland," he said. The Newry and... Read more

BNP are warned to stay away

| Monday, 2 July 2007

RIGHT-WING extremists were warned last night that Scots won't let them use the Glasgow Airport attack to peddle hate. The British National Party tried in vain to boost support after Pollokshields teenager Kriss Donald was snatched off the street, stabbed, doused in petrol and set alight. Three members of an Asian gang were jailed for life for the racially aggravated murder. The BNP... Read more

Bid to halt BNP festival

Chris Mallett | Monday, 2 July 2007

A Campaign has been launched in a Derbyshire village to stop a British National Party festival which is expected to attract thousands of the group's supporters. RWB, or Red, White and Blue, is scheduled to take place on the weekend of August 4 and 5 in Denby. But people living near the Codnor Denby Lane site fear the event could cause havoc. John... Read more

BNP man and dentist in bomb trial

| Monday, 2 July 2007

A former British National Party (BNP) candidate and a dentist stockpiled chemicals as part of a bomb plot, a court has been told. Robert Cottage, 49, and David Jackson, 62, both from Lancashire, have denied conspiracy to cause an explosion with chemicals ordered over the internet. Mr Jackson, of Nelson, also denies possessing explosives - a charge admitted by Mr Cottage, of... Read more

Great White bites off more than it can chew?

| Sunday, 1 July 2007

Yet another BNP business venture hits hard times - and far worse are coming. The terrible Great White Records that the British National Party started up to exploit what Nick Griffin perceived as a largely untapped market for 'patriotic' music, appears to be floundering. Nick Griffin, as you'll have read here before, has had an interest in the far-right music scene for... Read more