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HOPE Not Hate in Burton on Trent

Searchlight | Friday, 30 January 2009

Over fifty people attended a HOPE Not Hate public meeting in Burton on Trent last night (Thursday)An enthusiastic cross-party crowd heard speeches from local MP Janet Dean, PPC Ruth Smeeth, Alan Weaver from the TUC and Searchlight's Matthew Collins.There was a livey discussion from the floor about migrant workers, with more...


BNP festival could be coming to a village near you

Maldon and Burnham Standard by Adam Cornell | Friday, 30 January 2009

A CONTROVERSIAL BNP festival could be coming to the Maldon district.The three-day Red, White and Blue Festival has previously been held in Codnor, Denby, Derbyshire, but a spokesman for the British National Party confirmed they were considering moving it to Essex and possibly an un-named site in the district in more...


Stoke councillor loses school governor vote

by Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Councillors in Stoke-on-Trent have successfully blocked one of the city’s BNP councillors from becoming a governor of a school in his ward. The nine-strong BNP group had put forward councillor Anthony Simmonds (pictured) to join the governing body of Park Hall Primary School in Weston and Meir North.The coalition of more...


BNP councillor removed from meeting

by Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 28 January 2009

A British National Party councillor was thrown out of last month’s Barking and Dagenham assembly meeting after refusing to apologise for "repellent" comments made during a debate on sex education in October. Councillor Lawrence Rustem was asked to say sorry for his remark that teaching sex education to children under more...


Waddon byelection: Andrew Pelling blasts BNP at Holocaust service

Croydon Guardian | Monday, 26 January 2009

Croydon MP Andrew Pelling has urged voters to “keep the BNP at bay” at a Holocaust memorial service.He said the annual event, held at Ruskin House, Coombe Road, on Saturday, had “a special relevance” to Waddon residents because they were “the subject of a strong push for votes from the more...


Obama online team to help take on BNP

The Guardian by Matthew Taylor | Monday, 26 January 2009

UK anti-racists hire digital firm in attempt to stop far-right party leader Nick Griffin becoming MEP in European electionsAnti-racist campaigners have signed up the people behind Barack Obama's online election campaign to help them take on the British National party in this year's European elections.The US firm Blue State Digital, more...


Harriet Harman warns of BNP threat in European elections

The Guardian by Hélène Mulholland | Saturday, 24 January 2009

Equality minister warns that just 8% of vote could see Nick Griffin elected as an MEPHarriet Harman, the deputy chair of the Labour party, warned there was a very real risk that the far-right British National party could make electoral gains at the European elections in June by exploiting the more...


Residents voice their concerns over BNP leaflet

Gazette & Herald by David Jeffels | Thursday, 22 January 2009

WORRIED politicians in Ryedale are holding a public meeting on Friday night after the British National Party swamped the district with thousands of its leaflets.A number of residents contacted the Gazette & Herald this week to voice their concerns about the BNP’s campaign.Local resident Nigel Copsey said: “BNP activity in more...


Canvey Island Football Club angry at BNP election leaflet photo

Echo by Sarah Calkin | Wednesday, 21 January 2009

CANVEY Island Football Club claims the far-right British National Party is using the club to boost its chances of winning a by-election.The BNP is one of four parties challenging for the vacant Canvey East town council seat in tomorrow’s by-election.Gulls officials are furious about a BNP election leaflet, which shows more...


Waddon byelection: BNP candidate quizzed by police in 2006

Croydon Guardian | Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The British National Party candidate for Waddon was questioned by police over possible election fraud in 2006.Charlotte Lewis stood in the May elections for a ward in Sutton, despite living in Thornton Heath.Electoral rules dictate candidates must live or work in the borough they intend to represent, but Miss Lewis more...


Blackburn with Darwen hit the ground running

Hope Not Hate North West by Nick | Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Forty six activists braved the elements to kick start the local campaign to stop Nick Griffin in the European election in Blackburn with Darwen. Trade unions, political activists and faith groups were all represented, with many turning up for the first time. The Hope Not Hate North West strategy was more...


BNP meet under false name

EDP24 by Ben Kendall | Saturday, 17 January 2009

Far-right British National Party members were last night accused of attempting to trick a Norfolk business into hosting their meetings by booking the venue under a bogus name.The BNP - which has made repeated claims that it has nothing to hide as a legitimate political party - attempted to book more...


BNP links to immigration service staff

The Independent by Robert Verkaik | Wednesday, 14 January 2009

After nearly 300 allegations of brutality and racist abuse, official inquiry is launchedAn official investigation has been launched after two immigration service staff working with asylum-seekers were found to have links to the British National Party, The Independent has learnt.One guard employed to look after asylum-seekers at a detention centre more...


Hamezeian cleared of breaking council rules

North West Evening Mail | Monday, 12 January 2009

A COUNCILLOR accused by a political rival of breaking town hall rules has been cleared.CLEARED: Peoples Party councillor Jim Hamezeian, right, has been cleared of breaking town hall rules, after being reported to Barrow council’s standards committee by BNP candidate Mike Ashburner (left) LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 0428050Jim Hamezeian, leader of more...


Race-hate pair face jail after mocking Holocaust

Yorkshire Post by Rob Preece | Friday, 9 January 2009

TWO men found guilty of spearheading an internet race-hate campaign are facing jail after a landmark legal case on the limits of online free speech in the UK.Simon Sheppard, from Selby, and York University graduate Stephen Whittle targeted Jews, Asians and other ethnic groups in a series of articles published more...


Politicians round on ‘irrelevant’ BNP drive

This is South Wales | Monday, 5 January 2009

A WAR of words has broken out between the British National Party and other political parties after a membership drive by the BNP in Llanelli.The BNP accused the major parties of "puerile and pathetic name-calling" and blasted them as "the failed gang of political parties, who are directly responsible for more...