Featured articles from the HOPE not hate campaign

Cutting Edge: The surprising story of the world’s most famous hairdresser

HOPE not hate by Julian Kossoff | Wednesday, 9 May 2012

ENGLAND, 1946. Rationing, bombsites, the war over, fascism overcome. Or nearly overcome. The images of the Nazi death camps in Europe are still fresh in everyone’s mind, but a resurgence of support for Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts has brought terror back to the streets and groups of British fascists roam the capital. read more

Anders Behring Breivik was in contact with the EDL

Searchlight Press Release | Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Anders Behring Breivik was in contact with the EDL, supported their aims and was involved in the Norwegian Defence League, Searchlight can reveal.

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On the brink

Searchlight Magazine June2011 by Nick Lowles | Wednesday, 18 May 2011

For the second consecutive year the British National Party suffered a humiliation at the hands of the voters with its impact reaching far beyond the immediate council elections. Nick Lowles reports read more

Strike ball

Searchlight Magazine June2011 by Nick Lowles | Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Another successful year for the HOPE not hate campaign read more

Policing the English Defence League

Searchlight Magazine by Nick Lowles | Tuesday, 22 February 2011

After eighteen months and over 30 protests, two distinct ways have emerged in which the police deal with English Defence League demonstrations. There are the examples of Bradford and Leicester where the police forcefully imposed their will on the EDL and made it clear they rejected its divisive agenda. That contrasts with Peterborough, Nuneaton and Preston where the police sought dialogue and agreement with the EDL and offered a much more neutral approach. read more

BNP’s delayed accounts reveal financial disaster zone

Searchlight Magazine January 2011 by Sonia Gable | Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The British National Party’s treasury department appears to have “lost” – some say misappropriated – nearly £90,000 of funds belonging to its local groups, according to the party’s 2009 accounts, released on 20 January. read more

A town divided?

Searchlight Magazine by Nick Lowles | Tuesday, 25 January 2011

In a few weeks’ time thousands of English Defence League (EDL) supporters will take to the streets of Luton for their latest anti-Muslim demonstration. What will probably be their biggest demonstration to date also has the potential to be the most violent. It has all the ingredients for trouble, something Luton can ill afford, especially at a time when the town is already attracting an unenviable reputation as a base for extremism. read more

Recession politics: The HOPE not hate campaign in 2011

Searchlight Magazine by Nick Lowles | Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The coming year will be dominated by economic hardship as the austerity measures begin to bite. Job losses, increased taxes and rising living costs will put everyone under strain and, as history has taught us, when people feel under pressure so resentment, fear and hate rise. read more

The Extremist Defence League

Searchlight Magazine October 2010 by Simon Cressy | Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The English Defence League likes to parrot its worn out mantra, “We are not the BNP and we are not nazis”, over and over again. Simon Cressy takes a closer look and finds a different story. read more

Inside the BNP bunker

Searchlight Magazine September 2010 by Matthew Collins | Sunday, 26 September 2010

It has become the heart of the BNP operation and the focus of the growing backlash against the party leadership. Searchlight has exclusively pieced together life inside the Belfast bunker. read more

English Defence League leader scurries into the shadows

Searchlight Magazine August 2010 by Matthew Collins | Wednesday, 25 August 2010

The far-right English Defence League reacted badly to the unmasking of its secretive leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon in last month’s Searchlight. read more

The case against a counter-demo

Searchlight Magazine August 2010 by Nick Lowles | Monday, 23 August 2010

Later this month English Defence League supporters hope to parade their hatred through the streets of Bradford and the HOPE not hate campaign is pulling out all the stops to prevent them. One thing we will not be doing however is to support a counter-demo read more

English Defence League: It is time to act

Searchlight Magazine July 2010 by Nick Lowles | Wednesday, 21 July 2010

The decision by the Troxy to cancel the booking for the Islamic conference that was due to be held in East London last month was met with a huge sigh of relief. The English Defence League cancelled its own counter-protest and a potential serious clash with the local Muslim communities was averted. read more

The BNP past of the EDL leader

Searchlight Magazine June 2010 by Nick Lowles and Simon Cressy | Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Searchlight can exclusively reveal that the leader of the English Defence League is a former British National Party member who has served 12 months’ imprisonment for assaulting an off-duty police officer. read more

Defeated: BNP leader weakened after poll disaster

Searchlight Magazine May 2010 by Nick Lowles | Thursday, 20 May 2010

British National Party leader Nick Griffin is battling for his political future amid growing disquiet over his leadership, a disastrous electoral campaign and the overall running of the party. This comes after the BNP spectacularly failed in its bid to win control of Barking & Dagenham council, lost all but two of the 28 council wards it was defending and was humiliated in Stoke-on-Trent, a city recently described by Griffin as it’s “jewel in the crown”. read more

New BNP? Same old nazis and thugs

Searchlight Magazine April 2010 by Nick Lowles | Friday, 23 April 2010

The BNP claims it has changed. A quick review of its election candidates shows that they are the same old nazis, thugs and racists that they always were. By David Williams and Simon Cressy read more

Key electoral battlegrounds in 2010

Searchlight Magazine April 2010 by Nick Lowles | Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The British National Party may well be standing in 300-400 constituencies in the general election but in only a handful does the party present a threat. Nick Lowles looks at the key battlegrounds. read more

The politics of HOPE and hate

Searchlight Magazine April 2010 by Nick Lowles | Monday, 19 April 2010

In just a few weeks’ time the British National Party could achieve its biggest breakthrough to date by winning control of its first council, with a £200 million a year budget, and even a parliamentary seat or two. It would herald a massive breakthrough for a party that only ten years ago had just a thousand members and was largely irrelevant. read more

Electoral success in Europe hides problems at home

Searchlight Magazine January 2010 by David Williams | Tuesday, 19 January 2010

David Williams reviews how the BNP fared in 2009 read more

English Defence League cracks begin to show

Searchlight Magazine January 2010 by Simon Cressy | Thursday, 14 January 2010

The English Defence League was born in 2009, but as we begin 2010 Simon Cressy wonders whether the EDL is about to self-destruct read more

A divided past, a tangled future

Searchlight Magazine December 2009 by Matthew Collins | Monday, 28 December 2009

Matthew Collins examines how the trade unions are helping Northern Ireland’s migrant workers deal with the recession, racism and the province’s sectarian divisions read more

Battlefield Barking & Dagenham

Searchlight Magazine December 2009 by Nick Lowles | Tuesday, 22 December 2009

The British National Party has set its sights on winning control of Barking and Dagenham council and even the Barking parliamentary seat in next year’s elections. Last month Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, announced his intention to stand in Barking in the general election and designated Richard Barnbrook to spearhead the BNP’s assault on the council. read more

Jim Dowson: A place in the sun

Searchlight Magazine December 2009 by Gerry Gable | Sunday, 20 December 2009

Jim Dowson, Ulster loyalist, militant anti-abortionist and the man who bought the British National Party, has been at the centre of allegations from within and outside the party about his property dealings. read more

How a militant anti-abortionist took over the BNP. Part 2 of a three part investigation

Searchlight Magazine November 2009 by Sonia Gable | Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Yesterday we started a serialisation of a special investigation into the heart of the BNP. We highlight the organisational set-up, the secret locations and the people running the fascist party. We expose how the running of the party has been outsourced to a rabid Loyalist anti-abortionist in Belfast and we reveal that this man is receiving European Union money for peace and reconciliation. read more

How a militant anti-abortionist took over the BNP. Part1 of a three part investigation

Searchlight Magazine November 2009 by Gerry Gable | Monday, 16 November 2009

Special investigation into the heart of the BNP. We highlight the organisational set-up, the secret locations and the people running the fascist party. We expose how the running of the party has been outsourced to a rabid Loyalist anti-abortionist in Belfast read more

Commonwealth contribution

HOPE not hate by David Williams | Thursday, 5 November 2009

Britain could not have won either of the World Wars without the contribution made by non-white and non-British soldiers. read more

People Together People Together

Searchlight Magazine October 2009 by Nick Lowles | Monday, 19 October 2009

Nick Lowles explains how the threat from the English Defence League should provide us with an opportunity to promote the society we want to live in. read more

Businessman bankrolls ‘street army’

Searchlight Magazine October 2009 by Nick Lowles | Saturday, 17 October 2009

A middle-age, respectable looking man has emerged as a key figure behind the English Defence League. Alan Lake, a 45-year-old businessman from Highgate, North London, sees the EDL as a potential “street army” willing to be deployed against what they claim is rising Islamisation of modern Britain. read more

An apologist for Nazism: How Nick Griffin and the BNP backed Hitler’s Nazis

Searchlight Magazine October 2009 by Nick Lowles | Thursday, 15 October 2009

The British National Party and its leader Nick Griffin try to portray themselves as patriots, nationalists and the defenders of our country. Nothing could be further from the truth. read more

English Defence League: Football hooligans and far-right politics

Searchlight Magazine September 2009 by Nick Lowles | Monday, 21 September 2009

BNP leader Nick Griffin went on air last month to distance the BNP from the hooligan protests. As usual what he did not admit was that many of the leading figures in the Luton protest are BNP supporters. Just like Oldham in 2001, Griffin denied responsibility while his own followers were inciting hatred and violence. read more

How a militant anti-abortionist took over the BNP. Part 3 of a three part investigation

Searchlight Magazine September 2009 by Matthew Collins and Simon Cressy | Friday, 18 September 2009

The leak of the BNP membership list last month has turned the spotlight on the party's Belfast call centre, the tensions it has caused in the party, and the links between the man who runs it and a charity that has received a six-figure sum in EU funding. Matthew Collins and Simon Cressy investigate. read more

NO PEACE HERE the continuing shame of ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland

Searchlight Magazine August 2009 by Matthew Collins | Monday, 17 August 2009

Just off Donegal Road in south Belfast they’re converting a city centre gravel car park into what looks like a wasteland. Local residents are doing their yearly dump of anything that burns. There are sofas, thousands of books, boxes and magazines and more than a couple of washing machines. read more

Colin Jordan: Britain’s nazi godfather

Searchlight Magazine May 2009 by Gerry Gable | Tuesday, 26 May 2009

When Colin Jordan, who died last month aged 85, mounted the platform at a national socialist rally in Trafalgar Square on 1 July 1962, it was the high point of a political career on the extreme right. Behind him a massive banner bore the words “Free Britain From Jewish Control” and “Britain Awake”, echoing the slogans of Hitler’s Third Reich. read more

Mad or bad: Steve Fyfe BNP candidate and obsessive gunman

Searchlight Magazine April 2009 by Gerry Gable and Simon Cressy | Thursday, 23 April 2009

A man who regularly stands in elections for the British National Party has boasted about his disregard for “rules and regulations” controlling the use of firearms in the UK. read more

Count von Stauffenberg a dreamer in a nightmare world

Searchlight Magazine March 2009 by Professor Richard J Evans | Friday, 13 March 2009

Few incidents in the domestic history of Germany during the Second World War are more dramatic than Colonel Claus Schenk, Count von Stauffenberg’s attempt to assassinate the German ‘Leader’ Adolf Hitler on 20 July 1944. read more

Standing up to fascism: A celebration of the 43 Group

HOPE not hate by Gerry Gable | Monday, 16 February 2009

The 43 Group consisted of Jewish ex-servicemen and women who stood shoulder to shoulder with non-Jews to halt Oswald Mosley's attempt to revitalise a fascist movement in postwar Britain. read more

What is Holocaust Memorial Day?

HOPE not hate by Nick Lowles | Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is an international day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides - Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda to name but a few. It commemorates the victims and honours the survivors of the Nazi genocide as well as more recent genocides in an effort to ensure that these unimaginable horrors are neither forgotten nor indeed repeated either in Europe or elsewhere in the world ever again. read more

BNP supporters triggered Oldham riots

Searchlight Magazine December 2008 by Nick Lowles | Wednesday, 17 December 2008

The temperature might have been over 30C outside but the mood in the Star pub was relaxed and cheerful. Eighty BNP supporters had packed in to hear Mick Treacy and the party's regional organiser Chris Jackson rile against growing Asian violence. It was less than two months since the worst race riots in Britain for more than 30 years and six weeks since the BNP had achieved its best ever general election results. read more

BNP scabbed on the miners

Searchlight Magazine May 2008 by Nick Lowles | Sunday, 18 May 2008

British National Party attempts to befriend the mining communities are in sharp contrast to their attitude during the miners' strike. Then, the racist BNP not only refused to back the strike but called for a return to work and even demanded the Army be brought in to deal with the pickets. read more