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BNP claim ‘window of opportunity’ from Brown bigot slur

BBC News | Friday, 30 April 2010

The BNP has said the incident in which Gordon Brown called a pensioner a "bigoted woman" has opened a "window of opportunity for the party".Mr Brown apologised over his comments caught on tape about Gillian Duffy.In an e-mail to supporters, BNP leader Nick Griffin said his party would appeal to more...


County Durham teenager convicted of terror plot

BBC News | Friday, 30 April 2010

A teenage white supremacist from County Durham has been found guilty of terrorism offences.Nicky Davison, 19, was convicted of three separate charges of possessing records useful in committing or preparing acts of terrorism.Newcastle Crown Court heard that, along with his father, he was part of a group called the Aryan more...


BNP council candidate found guilty of assaulting two women

Croydon Advertiser by Lucy Buckland | Friday, 30 April 2010

A BNP thug – and potential councillor – has been convicted of assaulting two female pacifist protesters just days before the local elections.David Clarke, who hopes to win a seat in the Heathfield ward, was also found guilty at Croydon Magistrates' Court of two other attacks on anti-racism campaigners.Clarke pushed, more...


Griffin unable to tell if radio caller was British

The Independent by Ben Padley | Friday, 30 April 2010

British National Party leader Nick Griffin said today he was unable to tell if a caller to a radio phone-in was British as he couldn't see what he looked like.He told the man, who said three of his grandparents were born outside Britain, that he could class himself as "civically more...


BNP candidate sends hate mail to rival

Your Local Guardian by Kirsty Whalley | Thursday, 29 April 2010

In an abusive letter, the BNP candidate for Croydon Central has called Conservative Gavin Barwell a “traitor” to his race and said he would like to see him “hung for treason”.Cliff Le May, wrote to Mr Barwell at his campaign office after he received David Cameron’s letter urging residents not more...


BNP election candidate ‘assaulted’ four anti-fascist protesters' at East Croydon station, court hears

Wimbledon Guardian by Harry Miller | Wednesday, 28 April 2010

A British National Party candidate for Croydon Council assaulted four anti-fascist protesters, a court heard today.David Clarke, 41, Dunley Drive, New Addington, is accused of assaulting four protesters outside of East Croydon station on May 27 and May 29 last year.Mr Clarke is currently running for election as a councillor more...


Bishop of Colchester urges voters not to support the BNP

Chelmsford Weekly News | Tuesday, 27 April 2010

THE Bishop of Colchester has urged his flock not to vote for the British National Party in next month’s elections.The Rt Rev Christopher Morgan said Christians could not support the party’s “divisive distinctions based on race, creed and colour”.He added: “We sadly recognise some of the causes of social dislocation more...


War heroes anger as BNP use ‘D-Day veteran’

The Star (South Yorkshire) | Tuesday, 27 April 2010

A SHEFFIELD D-Day hero has lashed out at the BNP for using a Normandy veteran in an election publicity drive.Ken Riley, aged 86, of Grimesthorpe, chairman of the Normandy Veterans' Association Sheffield branch, said there were inconsistencies in the account of service given by the man – Bob Head – more...


BNP candidate barred from Inverurie debate by minister

The Press and Journal by Gillian Bell and Jamie Buchan | Tuesday, 27 April 2010

An Aberdeenshire minister has announced he will not invite a far right candidate to take part in a hustings debate in his kirk.The Rev Graeme Longmuir is inviting all Gordon candidates except the British National Party’s Elise Jones to take part in the event on Friday night at St Andrew's more...


Archbishop backs Lancaster BNP debate ban

BBC News | Sunday, 25 April 2010

The Archbishop of Canterbury has backed a decision to ban the British National Party (BNP) from a hustings in a Lancaster church.All candidates in the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency - except the BNP - have been invited to the event at St Thomas's Church on Tuesday.A party spokesman described the more...


Nick Griffin: Barking’s just like central Nairobi

The People by Russell Myers and Lee Sorrell | Sunday, 25 April 2010

Race-HATE peddler Nick Griffin launched his bid to become an east London MP by likening the seat to Nairobi – one of Africa's biggest cities.The BNP leader made the sneering comparison to Kenya's capital as he prepared to go out canvassing in Barking, where about a fifth of the population more...


Police probe after the BNP parades fake soldier Walker

Daily Star Sunday by John Ward | Sunday, 25 April 2010

A CONTROVERSIAL BNP election candidate is being investigated by police after he posed as a soldier.Adam Walker wore desert fatigues while campaigning alongside the far-right party’s leader, Nick Griffin.But Walker, 41 – who is standing in Bishop Auckland, County Durham – is no longer a serving member of the Armed more...


To be patriotic is to appreciate, and be grateful for, all that is valuable in the country you live

The Sun by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York | Friday, 23 April 2010

THOUGH I am a Ugandan by birth, I am proud to live in England and wave the flag of St George.I encourage everyone to rejoice in the land that we live in. I hope the feast of St George, the patron saint of England, will be a day of celebration.To more...


BNP council candidate denies assault charges

Croydon Advertiser | Friday, 23 April 2010

A BNP council candidate is due to appear in court days before the May 6 local elections charged with attacking two women at East Croydon train station.Dave Clarke, who hopes to win a seat in the Heathfield ward, is accused of punching and shoving the two women, who were anti-fascist more...


Manifesto Watch: BNP launch

BBC News by Brian Wheeler | Friday, 23 April 2010

VENUE: Stoke-on-Trent city council.The oak-panelled debating chambers of Britain's town halls would normally be out-of-bounds to fringe outfits like the BNP, but they have seven councillors here, which allowed them to eschew the traditional room above a pub for their manifesto launch. Their hopes of making further progress in Stoke more...


BNP facing Marmite legal action

BBC News | Thursday, 22 April 2010

The maker of Marmite is threatening legal action against the British National Party to stop it from using a jar of the spread in a party broadcast.Unilever said it had not given the BNP permission to use its product and was looking into taking out an injunction.The BNP's online broadcast more...


Billy Bragg clashes with BNP’s Richard Barnbrook

The Guardian by Matthew Taylor | Monday, 19 April 2010

Billy Bragg was engaged in a finger-pointing row with a senior member of the British National party during a day of action in east London telling him his "racist fascist" politics offered no help to voters.Bragg was taking part in a leafleting campaign in Barking and Dagenham, one of the more...


BNP leader's secret life revealed

The Sunday Telegraph by Andrew Gilligan | Sunday, 18 April 2010

By day, he runs the election for Britain’s foremost racist party, calling for foreigners to go home. By night, he sups the champagne and Ferrero Rocher with those very foreigners on the diplomatic party circuit. The London organiser of the BNP is the husband of a German Embassy diplomat and more...


BNP under fire as veterans challenge claims made by 85-year-old ‘war hero’ supporter

Sunday Herald by Rebecca Gray | Sunday, 18 April 2010

The BNP are facing embarrassing questions over the authenticity of a D-Day veteran featured on their website pledging his support and acting as a ­recruiting sergeant.Bob Head, 85, who describes himself as a hero and Normandy veteran, issued a statement last week calling on his “fellow patriots” to “fight against more...


Met inquiry into BNP’s ‘dirty tricks’ against Margaret Hodge

Metro | Friday, 16 April 2010

Police are investigating the British National Party for allegedly running a dirty tricks campaign against a rival candidate. The Met confirmed it was looking into claims the far-right party had lied in literature about Margaret Hodge, the Labour hopeful in Barking. BNP leader Nick Griffin is challenging the culture minister more...


BNP members 'hold Nazi principles'

Channel 4 News | Friday, 16 April 2010

As the BNP launches its London election campaign, a former party activist tells Channel 4 News some of the party's members have Nazi-esque tendencies.The BNP faced protest this week as it launched its electoral campaign at the Home Office's main immigration centre in Croydon, in south London.The BNP activists stood more...


BNP candidate revels in Burqa shame

Croydon Guardian by Brian Whelan and Julia Kennard | Thursday, 15 April 2010

This is the true “face” of British National Party election candidate Charlotte Lewis she would rather you did not see.As she swigs from a bottle of alcopops at a Halloween party, burqa clad BNP parliamentary hopeful Miss Lewis reveals her contempt for Muslims.The right wing activist is pictured smoking and more...


BNP accounts under investigation

by Sonia Gable | Thursday, 15 April 2010

Today’s announcement by the Electoral Commission that it had upgraded its review of the British National Party’s accounts to a formal investigation came as no surprise to HOPE not hate. The BNP has already been fined £1,000 because the 2008 accounts were submitted nearly six months late. They more...


UKIP candidate resigns over offensive Queen comments

BBC | Wednesday, 14 April 2010

UKIP said his comments about the Queen were "completely unacceptable". Last week Mr Wiffen, who had been standing for the east London seat of Ilford South, was suspended, and later reinstated, for making racist remarks. He made comments about Muslims, Romanian Gypsies and African and Caribbean communities on the issue of asylum more...


BNP hopes hit by candidate drought

The Sentinel | Monday, 12 April 2010

THE British National Party's plans to make decisive gains at the polls are in disarray after only four new city council candidates came forward.The far-right party has nominated just six members for the May 6 local elections in Stoke-on-Trent – and that includes two councillors defending their seats.It follows the more...


Mark Walker repeats claims that dismissal was a “hatchet job”

The Northern Echo by Rachel Wearmouth | Monday, 12 April 2010

A JUDGE has described the behaviour of a BNP parliamentary candidate sacked from his job as a teacher as “scandalous”.But Mark Walker hit back last night, repeating his claim that the dismissal was a “hatchet job” and branded the leak of a report into the case as “gutter politics” aimed more...


Stoke Day of Action

by Ellie | Sunday, 11 April 2010

The HOPE not hate team have had an exciting weekend venturing north to help out the campaign in Stoke-on-Trent and the Amber Valley. Leaving early on Friday morning to catch the minibus up to Stoke we arrived before lunchtime, luckily before the one CD we had was repeated for the more...


Confusion over BNP’s election campaign

The Sunday Telegraph by Andrew Gilligan | Sunday, 11 April 2010

The BNP leader, Nick Griffin, yesterday started his campaign to become an MP as a Sunday Telegraph investigation uncovered apparent electoral irregularities involving the far-Right party.As well as challenging Labour for the parliamentary seat of Barking in east London, the BNP’s main hope is to take control of the local more...


The battle for Barking

by Cahal Milmo | Saturday, 10 April 2010

The Koranic verses are ringing out from a stereo on Hamza Myatt's market stall on Barking's pedestrianised high street.The 36-year-old ginger-haired and white-skinned Muslim convert swapped his life as a financial adviser in South Wales to proselytise for his new faith in the outer reaches of East London three weeks more...


BNP activist admits explosive charge

East Anglian Daily Times by Colin Adwent | Saturday, 10 April 2010

A leading BNP activist from Suffolk has pleaded guilty to possession of an explosive substance without an explosives licence.However, David Lucas, of South Road, Lakenheath, denied two further charges when he appeared before Ipswich Crown Court for a hearing into his case yesterday.The 49-year-old pleaded not guilty to having more...


General election 2010: ‘There is real risk from BNP here’

The Guardian by Matthew Taylor | Thursday, 8 April 2010

A statue of Josiah Wedgwood one of the titans of the industrial revolution and a prominent anti slavery campaigner stands guard at the entrance to Stoke-on-Trent train station.The brooding figure is a reminder of the city's industrial past when its name was synonymous with pottery and ceramics. But Stoke's industrial more...


BNP membership 'incompatible with role of teacher'

Evening Standard | Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Being a member of the British National Party is inappropriate for a teacher, a union is expected to say today.A resolution to be debated at the National Union of Teachers' annual conference in Liverpool claims the BNP poses a threat to community relations.It calls on the union to "reaffirm its more...


BNP officers unite ‘unanimously’ after anti-Collett hate session

by Sonia Gable | Tuesday, 6 April 2010

The British National Party’s sacked head of publicity set up a series of front companies apparently with the intention of “skimming off” printing bills, yesterday’s special meeting of the British National Party heard. Party officers and organisers gathering near Coventry were told that a copy of a tape more...


Primary school governor is BNP candidate

Warrington Guardian | Tuesday, 6 April 2010

THE head teacher at a Latchford primary school has slammed reports that one of the school’s governors will be running as a BNP parliamentary candidate.Latchford St James C of E Aided parent governor Debra Kent has been listed on the BNP’s website as contesting the Lancaster and Fleetwood seat and more...


Exit of three top BNP officers confirmed

by Sonia Gable | Friday, 2 April 2010

Following our report earlier today of the resignation of Emma Colgate from her post as BNP manager, the BNP has amended its national contacts spreadsheet. Absent are Colgate, Eddy Butler, the former national organiser and national elections officer, and Mark Collett, the former head of publicity. The changes more...


BNP admits EU money pays for party staff

by Sonia Gable | Friday, 2 April 2010

Councillor Emma Colgate has resigned as the British National Party’s staff manager to devote herself full-time to the election campaign in Thurrock, the BNP announced today (2 April 2010). Colgate is standing for election to Parliament and also hopes to get more BNP councillors elected to Thurrock council, more...


Logan quits BNP in 'racist' row

Romford Recorder | Friday, 2 April 2010

A COUNCILLOR has vowed to stand independently at the next election after walking away from the British National Party for being "a bunch of racists".Cllr Mark Logan, who has represented Gooshays ward since winning a by-election in March 2008, said he would be "severing all links with the party and more...


Sweet and sour at the Cherry Tree?

by Sam King | Thursday, 1 April 2010

Having remained mysteriously silent over potentially explosive and damaging revelations dogging his party over the past 24 hours, Nick Griffin is expected to be on the back foot tonight while addressing BNP candidates in the Cherry Tree pub in Wood Lane, Dagenham.Allegedly with a larger entourage of men in black more...