Malik: Be proud of England

Graeme Wilson | Friday, 28 December 2007

THE first Muslim minister in Britain has told young Asians they should be proud to be English. Shahid Malik the International Development Secretary said England is the BEST country in the world for Muslims to grow up and live in. And he urged them to embrace the national flag, like boxer Amir Khan, and celebrate their Englishness. He said their patriotism... Read more

Councillor could be forced out of BNP

| Friday, 28 December 2007

A DEWSBURY councillor may be expelled from the British National Party after offering his support to an internal rebellion. But Dewsbury East councillor Colin Auty, who was elected in the May 2006 elections, said ongoing party issues would not affect his work in the ward. He said: "At the moment I'm just carrying on doing what I do, the vast majority of... Read more

BNP still insolvent

Sonia Gable | Saturday, 22 December 2007

The BNP finally published its 2006 accounts days before the fine for their late submission to the Electoral Commission would have doubled to 2,000. They make interesting reading, not only for the figures, and the failure to solve the mystery of the printing equipment, but also for the names of party activists listed in their various roles. For a start... Read more

Board bid to fight BNP

Bernard Josephs | Saturday, 22 December 2007

A major campaign to put the Jewish community in the front line in the fight against racism has been launched by the Board of Deputies under the slogan: "Racism. It's Not Kosher." The aim is to prevent the far-right British National Party from winning a seat in the Greater London Assembly elections next year by encouraging people to go to the... Read more

‘Pub trade hit by BNP meetings’

Chris Nixon | Wednesday, 19 December 2007

A SCARBOROUGH councillor says a local pub may have closed down because it was being used for meetings by supporters of the British National Party. Cllr Bll Chatt said the Barrowcliff pub had lost trade because of the meetings. "A lot of people told me they would not go there because the pub was being used for those type of meetings," said... Read more

Dewsbury: Whites and Asians struggle to heal the town torn apart

Fiona Barton | Tuesday, 18 December 2007

There is little the market town of Dewsbury has not seen during its 1,300-year history. Its people have weathered political uprisings and catastrophic financial decline over the centuries. But today, many feel, they are facing their biggest challenge. Just a week ago, the 54,000 inhabitants of the handsome former mill town were invited to help "unite Dewsbury" at a meeting in the... Read more

Internal splits threaten BNP’s chances in London Assembly poll

Nigel Morris | Saturday, 15 December 2007

The British National Party is gripped by civil war amid bitter personality clashes and claims of dirty tricks by rival factions. Nick Griffin, the leader of the far-right party, is facing vehement criticism of his stewardship. The party has hopes of winning seats in the London Assembly next year. Tensions within party ranks came to a head when two key organisers were... Read more

BNP man told to behave... or be landed with £5k bill

Gareth Hughes | Saturday, 15 December 2007

A BNP councillor was advised by a judge yesterday to undertake to behave himself in future and avoid being slapped with an injunction. Llysfaen community councillor Patrick Pattison was warned that if an injunction against him sought by Conwy council was granted it could land him with a 5,000 legal bill. Conwy County Borough Council is applying to serve the order... Read more

Leaflets criticising schools full of errors

David Giles | Friday, 14 December 2007

THE British National Party has been accused of hypocrisy for attacking the standards of British education in a leaflet littered with spelling mistakes. Scores of leaflets, aiming to pick up support for the far-right party in south Essex, were handed out to households in Hockley and Hullbridge. The party writes in the leaflet it wants "a return to traditional methods of education,... Read more

BNP leafleting in Calne

Lucy Buckland | Friday, 14 December 2007

NATIONALIST party the BNP have been leafleting homes across Calne as part of a massive campaign. Furious residents complained to police after the far right party pushed propaganda through their door. The leaflet claims that robberies, muggings and sexual assaults are on the up across the country. It reads: "While the police are sat at the side of the motorway or in political... Read more

“Delight” at BNP last place

Tristan Kirk | Friday, 14 December 2007

POLITICAL leaders expressed their delight that the British National Party have come last in an election. Howard Studley, BNP candidate, claimed 56 votes in the Canons ward by-election. Tony McNulty, Labour MP for Harrow East, said: "It seems to me they have got 56 votes too many. "I'm very pleased they have come stone last, and will they now go away and leave... Read more

BNP man may sue over sacking

| Friday, 14 December 2007

A FORMER Inverness community councillor is considering legal action against the British National Party after he was sacked as the head of the right-wing party's Scottish branch. Kenny Smith, until last year the vice-chairman of Smithton and Culloden Community Council, was sacked from his post with the BNP with another official after they were accused of criticising party leader Nick Griffin... Read more

BNP man may sue over sacking

| Friday, 14 December 2007

A FORMER Inverness community councillor is considering legal action against the British National Party after he was sacked as the head of the right-wing party's Scottish branch. Kenny Smith, until last year the vice-chairman of Smithton and Culloden Community Council, was sacked from his post with the BNP with another official after they were accused of criticising party leader Nick Griffin... Read more

BNP meeting abandoned

Laura Hutchinson | Thursday, 13 December 2007

Exclusive: Tempsford pub cancels forum after protests A landlord called time on a British National Party meeting after anti-fascist websites leaked details over the internet. Clare Jennings, whose father runs The Anchor in Tempsford, says the decision to cancel the meeting, which had been due to take place on Wednesday, December 12, was made after the pub started to receive harassing... Read more

BNP expels two national officers

Sonia Gable | Sunday, 9 December 2007

The BNP has announced the expulsion from the party of two of its national officers. According to a notice posted on Sunday 9 December on the revamped BNP website, Sadie Graham, the party's hard-working group development officer, and Kenny Smith, in charge of administration, have been "removed from their posts with immediate effect on the grounds of gross misconduct and... Read more

BNP beaten into third place in Sandwell

| Friday, 7 December 2007

The BNP suffered a humiliating defeat in a crucial council by-election in Sandwell last night, in a ward in which it had won several seats over the past few years. The election in Princes End was caused after BNP councillor James Lloyd was thrown out for non-attendance after he had not been to a meeting for over six months. Labour... Read more

BNP councillor claims allotment victory

Sonia Gable | Friday, 7 December 2007

Julian Leppert, the BNP's sole councillor in Redbridge, has claimed single-handedly to have saved the borough's allotments from being sold off. In a leaflet distributed in his Hainault ward last month, he makes out that he had "the casting vote on the hottest issue in Redbridge", by virtue of the fact that a motion to delay the council's land sales... Read more

Two councillors cleared over offensive song stunt

Sonia Gable | Friday, 7 December 2007

The Standards Board for England has ruled that two British National Party councillors did not bring their office as councillors into disrepute when one filmed the other singing an offensive racist song outside the office of a Muslim government minister. Shahid Malik, the MP for Dewsbury, reported Derek Dawson, a Burnley councillor and cameraman for BNP TV, and Colin Auty,... Read more

Thanks but no thanks

Sonia Gable | Friday, 7 December 2007

Most BNP councillors never get mentioned in this column because they don't do anything. But there are some exceptions. A leaflet headed "Help in hand" offers free help to "elderly, disabled and needy" people in the East Ardsley and Tingley area of Leeds. Services such as changing light bulbs and lifting heavy boxes are available by phoning Joanna Beverley, the... Read more

Ban the burka

Sonia Gable | Friday, 7 December 2007

It is no surprise that the BNP website would report favourably on an call by a councillor in Calderdale for staff to be banned from wearing the burka and niqab. Councillor Alan Clegg, leader of the independent group on the council, claims that the full veil, which he says two council workers wear, "intimidates people". What is surprising is that the... Read more

Another conspiracy nut

Sonia Gable | Friday, 7 December 2007

One of the BNP's two remaining Sandwell councillors has done little to distinguish himself since his election in May 2006 but does have some interesting links on his official council website. Under the heading "My Politics", alongside the websites of the BNP and its front groups, Civil Liberty and Solidarity, Russell Green lists the aptly named "Conspiracy Planet". This site... Read more

North Bedfordshire BNP Meeting - Wednesday 12th December

| Thursday, 6 December 2007

North Bedfordshire British National Party are to hold a secret meeting next Wednesday in an unsuspecting pub in Tempsford. The group, led by Bedford mature student Phyllis Carter, have created controversy by booking the pub under the false name of "English Heritage," the government body responsible for protecting historic Buildings. Background Phyllis Carter is the BNP's group organiser for North Bedfordshire,... Read more

We have sacked Wallace, say BNP

Colin Drury | Saturday, 1 December 2007

THE British National Party no longer has a Calderdale councillor after its last member was sacked for refusing to toe the line, the party has said. Geoffrey Wallace, who represents Illingworth and Mixenden, had the party whip removed for backing two planning applications to develop properties on green belt a direct contravention of party policy, it said. It means, just nine... Read more

We have sacked Wallace, say BNP

Colin Drury | Saturday, 1 December 2007

THE British National Party no longer has a Calderdale councillor after its last member was sacked for refusing to toe the line, the party has said. Geoffrey Wallace, who represents Illingworth and Mixenden, had the party whip removed for backing two planning applications to develop properties on green belt a direct contravention of party policy, it said. It means, just nine... Read more