BNP said nothing about allotments

Letter from William F Marten | Wednesday, 28 November 2007

WITH reference to your article, "Shock as BNP take credit for allotment 'victory'" (Recorder, last week), I was at the town hall with plot-holding friends when the allotment sales matter was referred back to cabinet. I know that BNP councillor Julian Leppert did not speak on the matter, and I don't think he asked to speak either. He did vote... Read more

Website posts antifascist faces

| Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Faces of dozens of people who protested outside the Oxford Union's free speech debate have been posted on a fascist website. About 1,000 people campaigned in St Michael's Street on Monday against BNP leader Nick Griffin and Holocaust denier David Irving, who appeared at a debate with Oxford University students. Now more than 50 photos have appeared on the right-wing Redwatch website,... Read more

Student ban on extremists

| Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Exeter University students have voted to ban extremist groups from their campus.The "no platform" policy includes the extreme right wing British National Party and will last for three years. Members of Exeter University's Students' Guild voted for the policy at their general meeting. John Cox, welfare and equal opportunities officer, said: "As a union, we have a responsibility to ensure the safety... Read more

Crime down in Welwyn Hatfield

Angela Knight | Tuesday, 27 November 2007

CLAIMS by the British National Party (BNP) that crime is on the increase in Welwyn Hatfield have been rebutted by Hertfordshire Police. Latest figures show that crime in the region is down by 12 per cent compared with the previous year. The figures, measured between April 1 and November 25, 2007, found that violent crime has decreased by 22.4 percent compared with... Read more

MP quits union over BNP speaker

| Sunday, 25 November 2007

A Tory MP has resigned from The Oxford Union in protest at its decision to invite two controversial figures to a free speech event on Monday. Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party (BNP) and David Irving - jailed for denying the Holocaust - were invited by the union debating society. Shadow defence minister and MP for New Forest East Dr... Read more

BNP to speak to Oxford students

| Saturday, 24 November 2007

The Oxford Union has voted to let the British National Party (BNP) leader and a controversial historian speak at a free speech event on Monday. Despite opposition, the Oxford Union Debating Society members voted by a margin of 2 to 1 to continue to extend an invite to the BNP's Nick Griffin. David Irving, who was jailed for Holocaust denial, will also... Read more

Disbelief as BNP enters by-election

Rachel Fletcher | Friday, 23 November 2007

Residents of a diverse North London borough were shocked this week as a British National Party candidate stood in a local by-election. The BNP's Howard Studley is running for the position of councillor against four other candidates including two Jews and a Muslim in Canons ward, Harrow, on December 13. According to the 2001 census, Canons is 36 per... Read more

Oxford Union crunch vote

Marc Shoffman | Thursday, 22 November 2007

Jewish students joined protests this week ahead of a crunch vote on Oxford Union invites for convicted Holocaust denier David Irving and BNP leader Nick Griffin. A referendum is being held at the university's prestigious debating society for all members on Friday which could lead President Luke Tryl to rescind the controversial invites to a Free Speech Forum event next Monday. Opposition... Read more

Union to vote on BNP debate

Chris Kearney | Tuesday, 20 November 2007

A controversial Oxford Union debate involving the BNP's leader and a Holocaust denier could be cancelled. Historian David Irving, jailed in Austria for denying the Nazi execution of millions of Jews and British National Party leader Nick Griffin have both been invited to the Union's Free Speech Forum on Monday. The invitation of the two men to speak at the Union has... Read more

BNP will fail in resort

| Tuesday, 20 November 2007

BLACKPOOL'S political leaders have hit back at the BNP leader's claims his party will "succeed" in Blackpool. Nick Griffin, leader of the controversial right-wing party, told The Gazette he believed the town was a prime target for a BNP campaign. He cited the influx of foreign workers as a divisive factor and said people were fed up with the resort losing out... Read more

Oxford Union faces boycott over invite to Holocaust denier

James Macintyre and Toby Green | Monday, 19 November 2007

The Defence Secretary, Des Browne, is leading a group of politicians and public figures who are boycotting an increasingly divided Oxford Union over the decision by its president to host a talk involving the Holocaust-denying historian David Irving and the BNP leader, Nick Griffin. The event, entitled Free Speech Forum, which is planned for next Monday, has provoked uproar at the... Read more

Demonstrate against BNP conference in Blackpool

| Friday, 16 November 2007

The BNP annual conference takes place over the weekend of 17-18 November, with a training and meetings day on Saturday and the conference proper on Sunday. The BNP is currently engrossed in internal disputes with activists attacking each other all over the place. Several have resigned from their positions or left the party altogether, fed up with what is going... Read more

Truth is not in BNP manifesto

Letter from Tricia Sumner | Friday, 16 November 2007

DURING the recent Waltham Abbey Town Council by-election in Honey Lane ward, the level of lies, distortions and smears propagated by the extremist BNP in their literature hit a new low. It now seems that the incredibly thin-skinned councillor Peter Turpin is continuing with this campaign of disinformation through the Guardian's letters pages. For the record, the Labour Party did not mention... Read more

BNP circus rolls into Colwyn Bay for court hearing

| Thursday, 15 November 2007

THE bizarre spectacle of BNP leader Nick Griffin flanked by an entourage of party activists arrived in a tiny court room in North Wales yesterday. The far-right leader claimed he was providing "moral support" for Llysfaen community councillor Patrick Pattison, amid attempts to slap an injunction on him at Colwyn Bay County Court. Conwy council wants an order banning Mr Pattison from... Read more

BNP by-election fear means Green candidate withdraws

| Thursday, 15 November 2007

A Green Party candidate has withdrawn from a by-election in an attempt to prevent the BNP from gaining a Sandwell Council seat. Vicky Dunn, aged 30, made the decision not to stand in the Princes End, Tipton, by-election called in response to the sacking of BNP councillor James Lloyd. Elected in 2004, Mr Lloyd had not attended council meetings for six months... Read more

British National Party to hold ‘summit’ in Birmingham

Shahid Naqvi | Wednesday, 14 November 2007

The British National Party is to hold a major "summit" in Birmingham tonight to discuss how to boost their support in the city. The meeting - which comes at a time of heightened debate and sensitivity over immigration - was condemned last night by Birmingham's only ethnic MP, Khalid Mahmood. BNP activists will gather at the Birmingham Unity Club in New Summer... Read more

Councillor helped in BNP campaign

| Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Tamworth's only independent councillor has admitted aiding the far-right wing British National Party with their election campaign in last week's byelection. Councillor Chris Cooke's firm PDQ printed the postal vote letters for the BNP candidate Lynne Smith. Councillor Cooke, representing Glascote, yesterday admitted helping post the letters to voters, prior to the Castle Ward by-election. Coun Cooke also told the Tamworth Times:... Read more

Suspected neo-Nazi accused of nail-bomb plot

Grace Hammond | Friday, 9 November 2007

A suspected neo-Nazi from East Yorkshire was planning a nail bomb attack and had four home-made devices, a court heard yesterday. Shaven-headed Martyn Gilleard, 31, of Poole Street, Goole, allegedly intended to wreak carnage and scribbled down his racist intentions in notebooks. During a raid at his home last week police found four bombs and a detonator, the City of... Read more

BNP man faces Conwy council banning order

Eryl Crump | Thursday, 8 November 2007

AN outspoken BNP councillor is being taken to court by a county council accused of being a nuisance and harassing council staff. Conwy County Borough Council is seeking a court injunction against community councillor Patrick Pattison of Old Colwyn to prevent him behaving in a "threatening, abusive or insulting way" towards officers and members. A judge at Colwyn Bay County Court will... Read more

More embarrassment for the Barking barnstormer

Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Richard Barnbrook, the British National Party's leader on Barking and Dagenham Council, seems to think that incurable and often fatal industrial diseases are a bit of a joke. Councillors at last month's full council meeting were asked to approve a site for a permanent memorial to the many local victims of asbestos. Barking and Dagenham has one of the country's... Read more

Credit where credit’s not due

Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 7 November 2007

The BNP's three Kirklees councillors are trying to bask in other people's glory, having achieved nothing useful themselves. After Kirklees Council was awarded four stars in its Comprehensive Performance Assessment, the BNP website claimed: "Our hard-working BNP councillors in Kirklees Cllr Colin Auty (pictured), Cllr Roger Roberts and Cllr David Exley prove how well BNP councillors work for... Read more

BNP councillor booted out for non-attendance

Nick Lowles | Wednesday, 7 November 2007

The British National Party suffered a major setback in Sandwell when one of its councillors was kicked out for non-attendance. This is the latest disaster to affect the BNP branch in what was once considered one of the party's strongest areas. James Lloyd, a councillor for Princes End in Tipton, has not attended a meeting for six months. In mid-October he... Read more

Unions get new expulsion rights

| Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Unions will be given the right to expel members for belonging to a political party under proposed new laws. It comes after train drivers union Aslef defeated the UK government in the European Court of Human Rights over the expulsion of a member of the BNP. The UK government argued the union could not exclude someone for belonging to a legitimate political... Read more

Theme park claim anger

Laura Caroe | Monday, 5 November 2007

A SCHOOL governor has been criticised for comparing a concentration camp with a theme park. Ken Booth, a parent governor of Hawthorn Primary School, Elswick Road, Newcastle, and Tyneside organiser of the British National Party, made the claim when asked about school trips to Auschwitz. Mr Booth, a school governor for four years, said he believed there was too much focus on... Read more

BNP tries to hijack poppy day

Mark Aitken and Norman Silvester | Sunday, 4 November 2007

Exclusive Fury At Volunteer Bid THE far-right BNP are trying to hijack Scotland's Poppy Appeal to win public support. The racist organisation have asked activists to volunteer to sell the emblems of remembrance for our war heroes. In a secret bulletin to Scots members, the party ask them to take advantage of a shortage of volunteers. The memo states: "We should be at the... Read more

Daryl Scatcherd shows his true colours

Lancaster UAF | Thursday, 1 November 2007

Daryl Scatcherd on the (very far) right Daryl Scatcherd, the President of the Exeter University Debating Society has shown his true colours at last. Since we printed an article on his attempts to invite the BNP to speak on campus, we've been following the story with great interest and, with the help of a few... Read more