Ex-BNP man joins new party

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011
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The BNP's former legal director, Lee Barnes, has joined a new far-right political party, the British Freedom Party.

Mr Barnes, known for his vocal anti-Zionism, is the BFP's legal and policy officer. It now has more than 1,000 members on Facebook, stating plans to "end all immigration and economic migration and reverse the colonisation of Britain under multi-culturalism."

Party chairman Peter Mullins, a former BNP parliamentary candidate, said last week at a party meeting in Liverpool that the BFP would now be putting up candidates in by-elections and council elections.

On his personal blog, Mr Barnes has called anti-fascist group Searchlight a "Zionist front organisation", called the Conservative Party "Zionist stooges of the Zionist Murdoch and run by the Zionist bankers," and wrote: "Holocaust was the price ordinary Jews of Europe paid for the actions of the Bolshevik Jews in Russia after the Russian Revolution." He then linked to the Holocaust denial website, the Institute for Historical Review.

A spokesman for the Community Security Trust said: "The BFP has already split since its creation. Lee Barnes is unlikely to succeed in this, or in any other political mission."

    Last updated: 9:15am, July 26 2011