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BNP turns to deception as donation fatigue sets in

Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Monday, 30 March 2009

Sonia Gable investigates the BNP’s latest scam to get money out of its supporters The fifth begging letter from the British National Party this year shows that the party may have reached the limit of its members’ and supporters’ financial resources and is resorting to yet more lies to more...


Manic Street Preachers stop right-wing group from using music

NME | Friday, 27 March 2009

Manic Street Preachers have stopped the the British National Party from using one of their songs, which they did completely without the band's permission.The far-right political party were hosting a video on their website, and on a youTube account, under the heading "The Cesspit Called London" which was soundtracked by more...


Bishop slams BNP

Manchester Evening News by David Ottewell | Wednesday, 25 March 2009

THE Bishop of Manchester has branded the far-right BNP a party of 'division, fear and hatred'.In an outspoken attack, the Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch said the group had 'a racial analysis at the core of its philosophy' that was incompatible with British democracy.He called for all mainstream parties – and more...


Leafleting in Keynsham

by Tim | Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Searchlight South West is calling for volunteers to leaflet Keynsham East ward tomorrow (Wednesday) evening.A BNP candidate is standing in a by-election for the town council, so anti-racists have arranged to meet at Keynsham Fire Station, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1EL at 5.30pm.Please be there if you can. more...


Protest against the BNP Basildon roadshow

HOPE not hate | Monday, 23 March 2009

The BNP's Battle of Britain roadshow fundraising event comes to Basildon, Essex, tonight, Monday 23 March.Anti-fascists who wish to protest peacefully against Nick Griffin and his travelling circus can meet up at 18.30 (6.30pm) Monday 23 March outside Merrylands Primary School, Cumberland Drive, Laindon, Essex SS15 6QS. This is not more...


Magnum handguns return as loophole found in Dunblane ban

The Sunday Times by Daniel Foggo | Sunday, 22 March 2009

HIGH-POWERED magnum handguns, almost identical to those used by Thomas Hamilton, the Dunblane child-murderer, are being legally kept and used by firearms enthusiasts.They are able to procure the weapons and ammunition, both of which they are allowed to keep at home, by exploiting loopholes in laws brought in to ban more...


Mad or bad? Steve Fyfe BNP candidate and obsessive gunman

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Gerry Gable and Simon Cressy | Sunday, 22 March 2009

A man who regularly stands in elections for the British National Party has boasted about his disregard for “rules and regulations” controlling the use of firearms in the UK. Steve Fyfe is standing in a council by-election on 26 March, his fourth attempt to get elected more...


‘BNP membership’ officer sacked

BBC News | Saturday, 21 March 2009

A police constable whose name appeared on a leaked list of British National Party (BNP) members has been sacked, Merseyside Police said.Pc Steve Bettley's name was on a document listing details of 12,000 people which was published online.Merseyside Police conducted an investigation into the allegation and concluded he had "knowingly more...


Protest forces village to pull plug on BNP

This is Exeter | Friday, 20 March 2009

A VISIT by British National Party leader Nick Griffin to a village hall has been cancelled at short notice after pressure was put on the venue's booking secretary by anti-BNP campaigners.Mr Griffin, whose party has been accused of racism because of its right-wing immigration policies, was due to address a more...


MP Soames “appalled” at BNP use of Churchill image

East Grinstead Courier and Observer | Thursday, 19 March 2009

WINSTON Churchill's grandson has spoken of his outrage over the use of his grandfather's image in right-wing propaganda.Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames reacted angrily after discovering a picture was being used as part of the British National Party's Battle For Britain election campaign.BNP leader Nick Griffin visited Crawley Down's Haven more...


Crawley Police anger at BNP crime slur

Crawley News | Wednesday, 18 March 2009

A SLUR by a right-wing politician has provoked an angry response from police.British National Party leader Nick Griffin used Crawley as an example of rising crime across Britain, during a speech in the area last week.But his estimate of crime figures was more than 10 times higher than the reality.Speaking more...


Labour has misunderstood Britain. Time to start afresh

The Guardian by Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Dagenham | Wednesday, 18 March 2009

We need to rebuild a community-focused party, embrace electoral reform and pursue - dare I say - a New SocialismAre we heading for a political tipping point? Across mainland Europe, the centre appears to be emptying, as parties of both the ultra-right and far-left prosper. Some think the British picture more...


Griffin to visit Exeter

HOPE not hate / Searchlight | Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Griffin and his travelling fundraising circus will be performing with the Battle of Britain road show this Friday 20 March at the Broadclyst Village (Victory) Hall, about 10km northeast of Exeter on the B3181. They used the same venue when Griffin visited Exeter last year (see http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/news/Residents-left-furious-secret-BNP-rally-held-village-hallarticle-261334-details/article.html). The hall's more...


BNP man faces eviction

Manchester Evening News by Brian Lashley | Tuesday, 17 March 2009

A FORMER BNP candidate is facing the boot from his home following his conviction for racially abusing his German next-door neighbour.Roy West, 44, directed a torrent of foul-mouthed abuse at Bernd Kugow during the dispute at his home in Glenmore Grove, Dukinfield, in a row over a Union Jack flag. more...


BNP activities this weekend

HOPE not hate | Friday, 13 March 2009

HOPE not hate has received news of several BNP activities around the country over the next few days that people might wish to observe.Friday 13 March – NewportBNP meeting in Newport, South Wales, 7.30pm at the Hereward Arms, Hereward Road, Maindee. William Brewer, the branch’s “information coordinator” promises a free more...


BNP meeting scrapped

Leigh Reporter by Richard Bean | Friday, 13 March 2009

A British National Party meeting in Leigh has been cancelled at the 11th hour. BNP activists today alleged that the owner of the Pure Club in the town had been threatened by police with losing his licence and taxi contract if he went along with hosting the controversial event this more...


Local BNP leader nominated to be school governor

Waltham Forest Guardian by Edmund Tobin | Thursday, 12 March 2009

THE group leader of the British National Party’s district branch has been nominated to be a school governor.Loughton Town Council put forward Pat Richardson as a candidate for Hereward Primary School at its meeting on Tuesday evening.The decision was made without the knowledge of the Colebrook Lane based school who more...


Chelmsford Diocese responds to BNP threat

by Chelmsford Diocese | Tuesday, 10 March 2009

This resolution was passed overwhelmingly by Chelmsford Diocesan Synod on 7 March 2009. The Synod was attended by members of Redbridge and Epping Forest Together and HOPE not hate. They ran a bookstall and members from the Christian community took part in the debate.That the Synod of the Diocese of more...


Pub closed over fears of clashes at BNP rally

Bristol Evening Post | Monday, 9 March 2009

The fear of a violent confrontation between the British National Party and anti-fascist protesters led one landlady to close her pub last night.Farm machinery was placed across the car park of the Huntsman pub near Thornbury after landlady Kaye Thomas found out that the right-wing group had told people to more...


We won!

by Tim Lezard | Monday, 9 March 2009

Many thanks to all who joined the demonstration last night in Falfield. It was a complete success for us. Nick Griffin was nowhere to be seen, the dinner was cancelled and with it the chance for the BNP to raise funds for their European election campaign.Last night we let the more...


East Midlands commemorated the anniversary of the miners strike

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Matthew Collins | Sunday, 8 March 2009

Former miners from the East Midlands, joined by colleagues and comrades from as far as Durham and Kent, breathed life back into Margaret Thatcher last night, as over five hundred people in Worksop commemorated the 25th anniversary of the miners’ strike.The banners of long lost pits, from long decimated communities, more...


BBC to take action over use of Tattoo footage on BNP site

Sunday Herald by Jasper Hamill | Sunday, 8 March 2009

Edinburgh organisers ‘appalled’ by use of their event in right-wing advert THE BRITISH National Party is illegally using BBC footage of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo to promote its agenda among young people.BBC lawyers have announced that they will be writing to the party demanding the footage be taken off BNPtv, more...


Griffin to dine South Gloucestershire

by Tim Lezard | Friday, 6 March 2009

BNP leader Nick Griffin is to address a Champagne dinner in South Gloucestershire on Sunday to raise funds for the party’s Euro elections.Party members have been told to meet in the car park of the Huntsman Pub in Falfield (just off junction 14 of the M5) at 6.45pm, before driving more...


BNP fundraiser alert

HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Friday, 6 March 2009

The British National Party’s nationwide “Battle of Britain” roadshow will roll up at an 18-bedroom country hotel in Gloucestershire on Sunday 8 March. Nick Griffin, the party leader, is touring the country with an “invited European mystery guest” to launch the BNP’s campaign for the European election.  more...


Paying for incompetence

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Friday, 6 March 2009

British National Party members and supporters are getting thoroughly fed up with the stream of begging letters landing on their doormats. Already this year there have been four, all signed by Nick Griffin, the party leader, asking for donations to support this, that or other aspect of the more...


BNP flouting MEPs’ independence

HOPE not hate | Wednesday, 4 March 2009

A legal practitioner in Finland has commented on our report that any BNP MEPs will have to stand down after four years of their five-year term. Ralf Grahn, who lectures on EU law and politics, says any such agreement between the party and its MEPs would be invalid.He writes:If the more...


BNP uses Polish Spitfire in anti-immigration poster

Telegraph | Wednesday, 4 March 2009

BNP bosses have been ridiculed for using a Polish Spitfire to front a campaign calling for Eastern European immigrants to be barred from Britain.The party's 2009 European Elections poster shows a nostalgic picture of a Second World War fighter plane under the slogan "Battle for Britain". But RAF history experts more...


Polish voters join campaign

Searchlight South West by Tim Lezard | Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Poles living and working in the South West are being encouraged to use their vote against the BNP.Searchlight South West has printed 5,000 leaflets in Polish, urging them to register with the European Parliament so that they can vote in June. They will be distributed throughout Polish churches and communities more...


Cambridge day school leads to action

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Gerry Gable | Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Delegates from Colchester, King’s Lynn, Yarmouth, Luton, Barking and Dagenham, Thurrock, Epping Forest, Redbridge and Kent attended the third HOPE not hate day school, held in Cambridge on 21 February. Participants took the opportunity to share experiences of the work they were already doing and to commit themselves to specific more...


RAF heroes shoot down BNP drive

Daily Mirror | Tuesday, 3 March 2009

War veterans have blasted the BNP as "disgusting" for exploiting their heroics in an attempt to win votes. The right-wing party is using images of the RAF's fight against the Luftwaffe in a European campaign it calls the "Battle for Britain". Wing Commander Bob Foster, 88, of the 100-strong Battle more...


BNP councillor at race equality forum

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Monday, 2 March 2009

"The best thing we can do is ask why there is so much discrimination." This was the profound contribution of a British National Party councillor at an open forum on how to encourage and support businesses to promote equality and end racial discrimination. Michael Simpkins, who was elected to Corsham more...


BNP MEPs will not serve full term

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Monday, 2 March 2009

A British National Party Member of the European Parliament would have to stand down after four years of the five-year term and hand the seat to the second person on the BNP candidates’ list, the BNP has said. The requirement, revealed at a meeting of the party’s Advisory Council on more...


BNP stoke summer of discontent

Daily Star Sunday | Sunday, 1 March 2009

POLICE fear race riots could erupt again in northern hotspots this summer due to a BNP credit crunch campaign.AS poverty and unemployment rise, a Daily Star Sunday investigation found activists from the far-right group are highlighting race issues in several troubled towns and cities.In Bradford, Burnley and Oldham – all hit by more...


Jo Brand in clear over BNP joke

The Mail on Sunday by James Millbank | Sunday, 1 March 2009

Comedienne Jo Brand will not be prosecuted over her remarks about the British National Party during a BBC comedy programme.The comments - about the leaking of the BNP's membership on to the internet - were made during the Live At The Apollo show, broadcast on January 16.Miss Brand, 51, told more...