British National Party

BNP in court

August 27, 2009

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued county court proceedings against the British National Party and its leader Nick Griffin. The commission is challenging the BNP’s constitution and membership criteria as “discriminatory and racist”.


Supremacist Wiginton banned from Britain

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

An American white supremacist was barred from entering Britain to attend the BNP’s annual summer festival over fears that his presence would stir up racial tension.

Preston Wiginton, 44, was turned away from the UK border after arriving at Heathrow from New York for last weekend’s Red, White and Blue festival.

He has close links to BNP leader Nick Griffin and helped to organise a university speaking tour for him in the US.


Huge protests set for BNP festival

By Leon Symons, August 13, 2009

Thousands of anti-fascists from all over the country will be hoping to disrupt the BNP’s annual festival in a Derbyshire village this weekend.

Unite Against Fascism has 43 coaches ready to carry supporters to Codnor, where they will confront the BNP on Saturday during its Red, White and Blue festival.

Anindya Bhattacharyya, UAF press officer, said: “We want to get as many people as possible to protest. We want to put pressure on the BNP to make it clear to anyone going to the festival that the vast majority of people in this country find their views repulsive.”


BNP councillor's 'Nazi' number plate

By Jessica Elgot, August 10, 2009

A British National Party councillor has come under fire for driving a car with a number plate which seems to spell 'Nazi'.

Cllr. Julian Leppert, 41, who is councillor for Hainault and a close aide to BNP leader Nick Griffin, arrived at Redbridge council meetings in a black Ford Focus with the registartion number NA51 ZCY.


The old demons are back

By Denis MacShane, June 11, 2009

The European Parliament has never been friendly to Jewish causes and concerns. In its tolerance of Islamist extremist hate against Israel, the Strasbourg assembly has often been a “useful idiot” for Middle East politicians, who keep their antisemitism for consumption at home and use the language of resistance and liberation when meeting MEPs.

Now, however, the election of two British MEPs from the antisemitic BNP will help consolidate an antisemitic group in the European Parliament.


BNP leader flees Westminster protests

June 8, 2009

BNP leader Nick Griffin was hounded out of Westminster this afternoon by anti-fascist protestors who attacked him with eggs and wooden placards.

In angry and violent scenes opposite the Houses of Parliament, around 100 people chased Griffin and fellow newly-elected MEP Andrew Brons moments after they began a press conference.

Griffin was clearly shaken by the assault after suffering a direct hit from an egg-thrower. One clear blow was landed with a wooden pole as the crowd chanted “Nazi scum, off our streets”.


BNP candidate’s Shoah views

May 28, 2009

A BNP candidate in next week’s European elections has questioned the scale of the Holocaust and believes “dentistry and plastic surgery” were positives to come out of the concentration camps.

Marlene Guest, standing to represent Rotherham in the Yorkshire and Humber region, appeared in the Sky One documentary “BNP Wives”.

Leaders of Yorkshire’s Jewish communities have condemned her selection, calling it “horrendous and offensive”.

In the programme, broadcast in January 2008, Mrs Guest was asked about the Shoah and the number of people who died.


Anti-BNP alliance now in final push

By Leon Symons, May 27, 2009

The groups battling to prevent the British National Party gaining a seat in the European elections on June 4 will launch their final offensive this week.

The Board of Deputies-backed Your Voice Not Theirs initiative, the Hope Not Hate campaign and the anti-Fascist magazine Searchlight will be putting all their efforts into getting voters out to polling stations.


Boris queries BNP garden party invitation

By Leon Symons, May 22, 2009

London Mayor Boris Johnson has stepped into the row over British National Party leader Nick Griffin attending one of the Queen’s three Buckingham Palace garden parties in July.

The London Assembly’s 25 members are traditionally invited to one of the parties. Richard Barnbrook, the BNP’s London Assembly member, has said he will take Mr Griffin to the party on July 21, the last of the three parties.

Now Mr Johnson has written to LA leader Darren Johnson asking him to persuade Mr Barnbrook to take another or have the invitation taken away.


Hazel Blears in cross-party moves against BNP

By Bernard Josephs, April 29, 2009

A Cabinet minister is shortly to hold talks with her Conservative opposite number to discuss how mainstream parties should combat the threat posed by the far right at next month’s European elections.

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears will be discussing with her Conservative counterpart Caroline Spelman growing fears that the British National Party are on course to win at least one seat. The European elections will be held on June 4.

She revealed details of the meeting at a rally by the Jewish Labour Movement, aimed at mobilising efforts to halt the BNP’s political bandwagon.