British National Party

BNP's Nick Griffin grilled on Question Time

By Jessica Elgot, October 22, 2009

The leader of the BNP Nick Griffin was dealt some hefty blows by the panel and audience in his controversial appearance on the BBC's Question Time.

The BNP leader, who was greeted with boos when he entered the programme, was grilled on his attitude to Israel, his alleged Holocaust denial and his use of Winston Churchill in party literature.

He was joined on the panel by playwright Bonnie Greer, Justice Secretary Jack Straw, Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne and Conservative peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.


BNP banned from Parliament

October 21, 2009

Following action by John Mann MP and a vote in the House of Commons, MEPs including the BNP’s Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons will be denied Parliamentary passes and access to House of Commons facilities thus putting an end to a 20 year precedent.

Mr Mann’s early day motion was signed by dozens of parliamentary colleagues. It noted that while Euro MPs had traditionally been granted passes to the Houses of Parliament, the reverse was not true for UK MPs trying to access European parliamentary services.


BNP on Question Time: the chaos continues

By Jessica Elgot and Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2009

Last-ditch attempts to block the appearance of BNP leader Nick Griffin on Question Time tomorrow are being launched.

The Young Jewish Political Network will launch a Twitter protest about the appearance of the BNP leader on the BBC’s flagship political programme.

The group is asking followers to twitter the message #NoToTheBNP on the social networking site.

YJPN will also be tweeting messages in the hours leading up to the programme, listing the reasons why the far-right group is not representative of Britain.


Liveblogging the BNP on Question Time

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2009

For the first time in the programme’s history BNP leader Nick Griffin will appear on the BBC’s flagship political programme, Question Time on Thursday night.

He will appear alongside playwright Bonnie Greer, Justice Secretary Jack Straw, Lib Dem home affairs spokesman, Chris Huhne and Conservative peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.

The JC’s editor Stephen Pollard and Political Editor Martin Bright will be providing expert commentary and analysis, as it happens, on the by liveblogging Mr Griffin’s appearances on the programme.


Let's not give Griffin air time

By Alex Brummer, October 15, 2009

The timing could not be worse for the BBC. The disclosure that the British National Party leader Nick Griffin has been invited to be a member of the Question Time panel on October 22 comes hard on the heels of a highly charged appearance by two BNP activists on Radio 1’s flagship current affairs programme Newsbeat — a show not known for hard-hitting journalism.


BNP on Question Time? Why not?

By Jeremy Isaacs, October 15, 2009


‘Let Truth and Falsehood grapple”, wrote Milton in Areopagitica, his classic argument for freedom of speech. “Who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?”


BNP councillor suspended for false murder claims

By Jessica Elgot, September 25, 2009

BNP man Richard Barnbrook has been suspended as a councillor for misleading constituents over the murder figures in his borough.

He falsely claimed in a video posted on YouTube that three people were murdered in three weeks in Barking and Dagenham, and allowed the clip to remain online for four months despite being warned it was inaccurate.

Mr Barnbrook claimed he had been confused about the figures because of his dyslexia.


BNP must accept non-whites after legal battle

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2009

The British National Party is poised to accept non-white members and candidates of different ethnicities following a legal challenge which accused it of racial discrimination.

BNP leader Nick Griffin indicated that the party will make changes to its constitution after the Equality and Human Rights Commission sought an injunction, claiming the party’s membership rules breach the Race Relations Act.


BBC: BNP has a right to appear on Question Time

By Jessica Elgot, September 7, 2009

British National Party leader and MEP Nick Griffin has a right to appear on Question Time, the BBC has said.

Although no BNP representatives have ever appeared on Question Time before, the BBC is bound to treat all elected representatives impartially, a spokesman said.

Mr Griffin and Andrew Brons were elected as BNP representatives to the European Parliament in June this year.
Minority parties such as the Green Party and UKIP, were allowed slots on the show once elected to the European Parliament.


BNP security man fined over web leak

September 3, 2009

The former deputy head of security at the BNP has been fined £200 after he admitted leaking personal details of more than 10,000 members online.

Matthew Single, 37, formerly of Brinsley, Nottinghamshire, was fined by Nottingham magistrates after admitting a charge of disclosing data without consent.