Union wins BNP expulsion ruling

| Tuesday, 27 February 2007

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a union's decision to expel a British National Party (BNP) activist. The train drivers' union Aslef threw out Jay Lee, from Bexley, London, as he was an active member of the party. This was challenged in the courts, but the European Court ruled unions can expel BNP members without breaching the European Convention on... Read more

BNP chief blames immigrants for TB

Greig Box and Krissy Storrar | Monday, 26 February 2007

A RACIST WHO BLAMES TB ON IMMIGRANTS GETS ... TB! A BNP leader revealed yesterday he has TB - and tried to blame it on immigrants. Richard Barnbrook told the Mirror he was "furious" that he had the disease. Misinformed Barnbrook, 46, ranted: "Yes I have got TB. Immigration has caused this." But his blast is incorrect racist propaganda. Experts say Tuberculosis was common... Read more

BNP chief blames immigrants for TB

Greig Box and Krissy Storrar | Monday, 26 February 2007

A RACIST WHO BLAMES TB ON IMMIGRANTS GETS ... TB! A BNP leader revealed yesterday he has TB - and tried to blame it on immigrants. Richard Barnbrook told the Mirror he was "furious" that he had the disease. Misinformed Barnbrook, 46, ranted: "Yes I have got TB. Immigration has caused this." But his blast is incorrect racist propaganda. Experts say Tuberculosis was common... Read more

BNP bomb plot stalemate

| Friday, 23 February 2007

The jury has been discharged in the trial of two men with British National Party connections accused of plotting to make a bomb after failing to reach a verdict. They had been deliberating for three days and the judge had said he would have accepted a majority decision. Robert Cottage, 49, and David Jackson, 62, were alleged to have conspired to... Read more

Race-hate man guilty of shootings

| Thursday, 22 February 2007

A gunman who had threatened to "kill all black people" has been found guilty of three counts of attempted murder. Former boxer John Laidlaw, 24, went on a shooting spree in Islington, north London, last May, the Old Bailey heard. It is not clear whether the attacks were related to his threats against black people. He shot Abu Kamara in Upper Street before... Read more

Jury retires in bomb plot trial

| Wednesday, 21 February 2007

A jury in the trial of two men accused of plotting to cause explosions has retired to consider its verdict. Robert Cottage, 49, and 62-year-old David Jackson, both from Lancashire, deny conspiracy to cause an explosion. Mr Cottage, an ex-British National Party (BNP) candidate, has admitted possessing explosive substances. Mr Jackson, a dentist, denies the charge. The hearing at Manchester Crown Court was... Read more

Government targets far-right groups

| Wednesday, 21 February 2007

The Government has said it is stepping up its fight against the "myths and misconceptions" promoted by far-right groups like the British National Party. Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly accused far-right extremists of promoting violence and division by peddling in falsehoods about Britain's multi-racial society. Ms Kelly said strong leadership was needed to correct these untruths spread by "poisonous" extremist groups. She said this... Read more

My weapons were for imminent civil war, says ex-BNP candidate

Helen Carter | Tuesday, 20 February 2007

A former BNP candidate who is accused of possessing explosives told a court yesterday that he thought the UK was on the brink of civil war and he had purchased crossbows and airguns to protect his family from attack. Robert Cottage, 49, told Manchester crown court that police would be unable to control the civil unrest that would break out. He... Read more

Bomb plot accused ‘had targets’

| Friday, 16 February 2007

A former British National Party (BNP) candidate was a "radical" who suggested locations where he could plant a ball-bearing bomb, a court heard. Robert Cottage, 49, believed if there was not "blood in the streets" the country was "lost", his co-accused, David Jackson, told police. Manchester Crown Court was told Cottage, of Colne, Lancashire, had spoken of bomb techniques and targets. Mr Cottage... Read more


Brenda Hickman | Friday, 16 February 2007

It's the ugly face of football - soccer savages spoiling for a pre-arranged fight with rivals in a pub. Violence erupted inside the Three Bulls Heads, in Newcastle city centre, after an FA Cup clash between Newcastle United and Coventry City on January 29, 2005. The thugs, members of the notorious Newcastle Gremlins, desperately tried to find hooligans from Coventry to... Read more

Chemical traces found in BNP man’s home

| Wednesday, 14 February 2007

A HOST of instruments covered in chemical traces were discovered at the home of a former British National Party election candidate accused of plotting to make bombs, a court heard today. Containers and improvised tools were recovered from the home of Robert Cottage, 49, each with traces of chemicals including nitrates, chlorine and ammonia, Manchester Crown Court heard. The court has heard... Read more

New Solidarity union linked to British National Party

| Tuesday, 13 February 2007

A new trade union that has links to the British National Party (BNP) is set for its formal launch next week in central London. According to the website of the new organisation, the main aim of "Solidarity, the British Workers' union" is to "improve the relations between employers and employees throughout all industries served by the union". It goes on to... Read more

Turkeys vote for Christmas

Sonia Gable | Tuesday, 13 February 2007

BNP members on Epping Forest District Council showed typical BNP ineptitude when the council received the annual report of the Epping Forest District Standards Committee, the body that ensures councillors comply with their code of conduct. The document, which covered the committee's work in the municipal year 2005/06, reported, without giving names, that two cases had been referred to it... Read more

Councillor loses pub

Sonia Gable | Tuesday, 13 February 2007

The Lagoon pub in Tipton has closed after a series of violent incidents involving a shooting, machete attack and mass brawls. The pub, which regularly held BNP meetings and fundraising events, was run by James Lloyd, the BNP councillor for Princes End ward on Sandwell council. The Lagoon first hit the headlines in 2002 when its football team ran out in... Read more

Barnbrook invites councillors to criticise leadership

Sonia Gable | Tuesday, 13 February 2007

The bad publicity over the rent arrears of three of the BNP Barking and Dagenham councillors and a continuing stream of criminal convictions and antisocial behaviour among BNP councillors and candidates all over the country has clearly stung the party. Richard Barnbrook, BNP group leader on Barking and Dagenham council, called all the party's councillors to a meeting in February... Read more

Pensioners ‘appalled’ at BNP councillor

Sonia Gable | Tuesday, 13 February 2007

A British National Party councillor came under investigation by Bradford Council legal officers over gifts of money to local pensioners. Paul Cromie insisted that the donations of 5 he sent in Christmas cards to around 210 pensioners in sheltered housing were a goodwill gesture from his councillor's allowance and not a gift from the BNP. The recipients were confused about... Read more

Somalia, crystal balls and a BNP councillor

Sonia Gable | Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Unable to put motions to Redbridge Council because he cannot find a seconder, BNP councillor Julian Leppert spends his time writing silly letters to the Ilford Recorder instead. In January 2007 he revealed that BNP headquarters keeps a crystal ball, which may explain quite a lot. After consulting with the crystal ball Leppert, who once stood for mayor of... Read more

Ex BNP man ‘wanted to shoot PM’

| Tuesday, 13 February 2007

A former British National Party (BNP) candidate who held explosive chemicals in anticipation of a civil war wanted to shoot Tony Blair, a court heard. Robert Cottage, 49, from Colne, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to possession of explosives at the start of his trial at Manchester Crown Court. His wife said he often boasted of wanting to shoot Mr Blair and Lib Dem... Read more

BNP bid to recruit children

| Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Teachers, community leaders and MPs have condemned plans by the far-right British National Party to recruit children as young as 15 in a campaign that will target schools and colleges in the district. The newly-formed Young BNP has identified Keighley in particular as a battle-ground. The move has appalled educationalists and politicians in Bradford and Keighley. Jane Rendle of the National Union... Read more

Police slam BNP vigilante patrols

| Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Police and community leaders have criticised a vigilante patrol set up by members of the far-right British National Party. Wiltshire BNP organiser Mike Howson said that in response to concerns from local residents, the party sent some of its members to walk the streets of Corsham last Friday looking for anyone committing anti-social behaviour. He confirmed the patrol - which he described... Read more

Ex-BNP candidate on trial

| Monday, 12 February 2007

A former British National Party election candidate and a dentist face trial today accused of conspiring to cause an explosion. Robert Cottage, 49, of Colne, Lancashire, and David Jackson, 62, of Nelson, Lancashire, were charged after chemical components were allegedly found at Cottage's house last September. Both men deny conspiracy to cause an explosion with intent to harm life or property and... Read more

Police ‘are soft on BNP’

Megan Featherstone | Saturday, 10 February 2007

A FORMER BNP candidate who admitted sending racist hate mail has had the charges against him dropped because he was not charged in time. West Yorkshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have been slammed by Brian Wainwright's victims for the failure and have been accused of taking a soft line on the BNP. Wainwright, 38, admitted sending offensive and threatening... Read more

Fears if BNP conference held in town

Julie Magee | Thursday, 8 February 2007

A CIVIC leader has warned that trouble could flare if the British National Party holds next year's annual conference in Bournemouth. Just days after the Tory party announced it had passed up the resort in favour of holding its 2008 conference in Birmingham, the BNP has revealed plans to use the council-owned BIC as a base for next year's convention. More than... Read more

Battle on to replace disgraced councillor

Nick Evans | Thursday, 8 February 2007

BURNLEY will go to the polls next week to decide who will replace disgraced ex-councillor Mozaquir Ali in Daneshouse with Stoneyholme And for the first time a candidate for the England First Party will be standing in the town. The candidate is Steven Smith, who has just come to the end of the five-year ban on standing for public office. He is... Read more

Vicar blasts far right meetings in church hall

Craig Lewis | Wednesday, 7 February 2007

A vicar whose church was used as a meeting point for extreme right-wingers has condemned them as 'abhorrent'. Reverend Paul Smith was unaware the meetings had taken place at the Cross and Stable Church in Downs Barn after the church hall was allegedly booked using false names. Members of the British National Party (BNP) and National Front (NF) were believed to be... Read more

Neo-nazis target Holyrood election

Ben Spencer | Wednesday, 7 February 2007

NAZI hardliners could launch a bid to win seats at Holyrood, it is feared. The November 9th Society - who dismiss the extreme-right BNP as too moderate - have launched a leaflet campaign in Glasgow. And opponents fear the extremist splinter group are preparing to stand for election in Scotland. Their leaflets urge people not to vote Labour and to join their party... Read more