British National Party

EDL has 'left BNP a mere sideshow'

By Martin Bright, December 16, 2010

The head of Britain's leading anti-fascist organisation has said the English Defence League has replaced the British National Party as the major force on the far right of British politics.

Nick Lowles of Searchlight said the BNP had become a "sideshow" since the crushing defeat of its leader Nick Griffin in Barking at this year's general election.

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BNP faces backlash over Oldham threat

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 9, 2010

Jewish and Muslim communities in the north-west are readying themselves for a new campaign against the BNP if its leader Nick Griffin stands in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election.

The BNP leader hinted last Friday through the Twitter website that he might contest the seat. This came in the wake of the High Court upholding the decision to strip former Immigration Minister Phil Woolas of his seat, for lying about a rival in last May's general election campaign.

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BNP's Nick Griffin in bid for Phil Woolas' Oldham seat

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2010

British National Party leader Nick Griffin has hinted that he may contest the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency in a by-election next year.

The seat is up for grabs because Phil Woolas’ victory last May has been voided after he was found guilty of lying about his Liberal Democrat rival’s views on extremism.

Mr Griffin, currently an MEP for the far-right party, wrote on his Twitter page: "Our local organiser well up for it with me as candidate."
He also described Mr Woolas, an immigration minister under the last government, as a “Labour liar”.

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BNP's Euro-funds closely scrutinised

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 11, 2010

Concern has been expressed that the BNP could syphon off thousands of pounds of European Union money to pay off its reported mounting debts.

Party leader Nick Griffin and his colleague Andrew Brons are entitled to a combined financial package worth around £600,000 a year because they are MEPs. It includes their annual MEP salaries and a general expenditure allowance to cover office costs, worth £86,000 for both MEPs.

But concern has been raised over the use of an allowance for an MEP's support staff being used to pay for BNP activities in the UK.

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How Labour feared a BNP Barking win

By Martin Bright, October 21, 2010

A new film to be screened next month will reveal the extent of Labour Party fears that the British National Party would seize the seat from the long-serving MP Margaret Hodge at this year's general election.

The Battle for Barking, a feature-length documentary for More4, shows that Labour strategists believed white working-class voters were deeply sympathetic to the BNP's anti-immigration message, and in parts of her constituency 70 per cent of voters were considering voting for the far-right party.

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BNP man attacks writer

By Simon Rocker, September 28, 2010

The BNP's ex spokesman has accused a columnist of being part of a Jewish campaign to destroy society. Stuart Russell - also known by his pseudonym Phil Edwards - retired from the BNP in 2007 to "spend time playing piano". But tinkling the keys is now playing second fiddle to sending abusive messages to journalists. He wrote to the Observer's Eva Wiseman after she published a column on lesbianism.

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Griffin sparks angry demo in Liverpool

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 21, 2010

A surprise appearance by British National Party leader Nick Griffin in Liverpool city centre only served to highlight the message of a meeting against antisemitism at the Liberal Democrat conference on Monday.

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Ex-BNP insider says the party is half-Nazi

By Robyn Rosen, September 2, 2010

The former legal adviser to the BNP has said the party includes "hardcore Nazis".

Lee Barnes left the far-right party earlier this month and then wrote on his blog that he was thinking of starting up a new party.

He said the BNP was "comprised on one the hand of hard-core Nazis on one wing and, on the other, civic nationalists. Both sides despise each other.

"The Nazi wing are in complete denial about the party's recent constitution change to allow ethnic minority members in, whilst the moderate wing are up in arms that the party did not do this sooner.

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BNP want Jewish 'comrades' to fight Muslims

August 12, 2010

Members of far-right organisations are urging colleagues to support an unlikely ally - Israel.

Small groups of BNP and English Defence League supporters are championing the Jewish state as part of a perceived struggle with the Muslim world.

They call for Israel and the BNP to be "comrades in arms".

One person commenting on a pro-BNP blog suggested that the party should open an office in Israel to "show solidarity with the Israeli people".

But Jon Benjamin, Board of Deputies chief executive, warned: "No one in their right mind should have any truck with the BNP or their ilk."

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BNP legal officer quits over 'conscience'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2010

The BNP’s senior legal advisor, has resigned because he said the far right party “cannot be trusted with political power”.

Lee Barnes, who has described the JC as "a front group for the Zionist Nazis", was once considered a close ally of party leader Nick Griffin.

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