British National Party

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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BNP's Nick Griffin barred from Palace

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2010

The BNP leader has been refused entry to this afternoon’s garden party at Buckingham Palace after officials decided his attendance would present too much of a danger to the other guests.

As a member of the European Parliament, Nick Griffin was due to be among the 8000 guests at the Queen’s annual event. But in an eleventh hour reversal Buckingham Palace announced he was to be denied access for politicising his invitation.

A Palace spokesman said the about-turn came because Mr Griffin had “overtly used his personal invitation for party political purpose through the media.”

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Deputy leader of BNP resigns

By Leon Symons, July 2, 2010

The deputy leader of the BNP has resigned in a seeming show of support for embattled leader Nick Griffin.

Simon Darby has used his blog to claim that he has sacrificed himself for the good of the BNP . He also says he hopes to try to head off any internal battles ahead of a leadership election, sparked by the party's poor showing in the general and local elections.

A challenge to Mr Griffin's leadership is being mounted by former elections officer Eddy Butler, with Nick Cass, the former Yorkshire regional organiser, as his running mate.

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Nick Griffin standing down as BNP leader

By Robyn Rosen, May 24, 2010

Nick Griffin has announced he will step down as leader of the BNP after the far-right party lost all its London seats.

Mr Griffin said he would end his leadership in 2013 to “make way for a younger person who does not have any baggage which can be used against the party”.

He said he wanted to concentrate on getting re-elected to the European Parliament in the 2014 elections.

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Campaigners celebrate BNP Barking council loss

May 13, 2010

Anti-racist activists are celebrating a rewarding campaign in Barking and Dagenham, where the BNP lost all its 12 council seats.

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality played a key role, organising backers to pound the streets delivering leaflets and encouraging non-BNP supporters to cast their votes.

Jcore director Edie Friedman hailed a "cross-community campaign with fantastic results" against the "enemies of reason".

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BNP and MPAC fail to sway electorate

By Leon Symons, May 13, 2010

Jewish and pro-Israel candidates performed well in the general election, despite a leafleting campaign by the Middle East Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) in some constituencies and the efforts of the BNP in others.

Arguably the biggest winner was in Harlow, Essex, where Robert Halfon, political director of the Conservative Friends of Israel, toppled former Armed Services Minister Bill Rammell, with a near-5,000 majority.

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BNP face big election losses

By Dina Rickman, May 7, 2010

The BNP have suffered a thrashing at the hands of the electorate, despite fears that the extreme rightwing party would gain a seat in Parliament after their success in the European elections.

Nick Griffin, the leader of the BNP, last night said it was "not too late” for his party in Britain, which only recently publicly acknowledged that the Shoah happened.

However the results flooding in from seats and local councils across the UK did not support his statement, with the party returning no MPs and almost half of their candidates said to be facing losing their deposit.

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Election result: Epping Forest

By Jessica Elgot, May 7, 2010

The Jewish BNP candidate for Epping Forest has polled under 2,000 votes.

Patricia Richardson increased the BNP’s share of the vote by just 254 to 1,982.

Ms Richardson told the JC that the party is neither antisemitic nor racist. She described the mainstream Jewish community's hostility towards her party as "blinkered" and accuses it of "demonising" BNP policies.

The seat was held by Conservative Eleanor Laing, who was re-elected with an increased majority, while the Labour vote dropped by nearly 3,000.

Liberal Democrat Anne Haigh’s 10,017 votes beat Labour into second place.

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BNP targets Jews with anti-Muslim leaflet

By Jessica Elgot, April 30, 2010

A BNP candidate sent Jewish voters in Essex leaflets which showed Muslims holding up antisemitic slogans.

BNP candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green, Julian Leppert, caused an outcry in August when the numberplate of his black Ford Focus appeared to spell “Nazi”.

His election literature showed Muslims holding up signs saying “God Bless Hitler” and “Be prepared for the real Holocaust”.

Mr Leppert said that the images were “to remind people of a few home truths”.

Jewish leaders have condemned the leaflets as causing divisions in the community.

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Former Tory leads BNP push for Bury

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 29, 2010

For the first time the BNP have a parliamentary candidate standing for Bury South, home to two significantly Jewish areas.

This week, election leaflets for Jean Purdy, a former Conservative activist and senior NHS nurse, landed on doormats in Whitefield and Prestwich setting out three objectives: to stop immigration, pull out troops in Afghanistan and to raise the weekly pension.

A Conservative spokesperson sought to distance the party from Ms Purdy, saying: "We disown any association with her. Their values are not ours."

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