Stop bigots, voters urged

| Thursday, 29 March 2007

VOTERS have been urged by religious leaders to use the ballot box to help tackle racism. Representatives from the Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Jewish communities signed a declaration asking Greater Manchester people to reject all political parties that advocate racism in May's local elections. The document was signed at Trinity United Church in Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, which is used... Read more

Inspector fears BNP patrol will hurt town

Hayley Court | Thursday, 29 March 2007

POLICE fear a decision by the British National Party to put patrols on the streets of Calne will add to the town's problem with yobs. The BNP claims it will have patrols working by the end of the week and they will help to stamp out problems with gangs and attacks. But Inspector Gavin Williams of Calne Police Station said "What people... Read more

MP Linda lobbies for change in law

Megan Featherstone | Thursday, 22 March 2007

HALIFAX MP Linda Riordan will lobby the Government for a change in the law after a BNP activist who sent racist hate-mail escaped punishment. The Labour MP will write to Gerry Sutcliffe, Under-Secretary for Justice, to ask him to amend the time limit within which someone must be charged for sending malicious communication. Mrs Riordan decided on the action after she met... Read more

BNP told: hands off St George’s Day

Emily Walker | Thursday, 22 March 2007

THE Mayor of Swindon has hit out at attempts by the BNP to take credit for a St George's Day charity concert. Mike Bawden said that the event on April 23, to be held in the council's chamber, was about celebrating the national day and raising money for the Prospect@Home appeal and should not be politicised in any way. Swindon British National... Read more

Beware the Ides of March

| Tuesday, 20 March 2007

A former British National Party election candidate has been left nearly 30,000 out of pocket after a court struck out his libel claim against Searchlight. Sidney Chaney, a serial litigant from Basildon, Essex, brought his action against Searchlight Information Services, Gerry Gable and Sonia Gable over a leaflet that Searchlight published during the 2004 European election campaign. The leaflet referred... Read more

The Insider

| Thursday, 15 March 2007

FUNNY how politicians pop up in the most unlikely places, isn't it? Take British National Party leader Nick Griffin, for instance, who was a surprise spectator during last week's Varsity boxing match between Oxford and Cambridge at the famous York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London. Well known is that Griffin and his party have some rather "interesting" views on controversial... Read more

Lincolnshire County Council Declaration

| Monday, 12 March 2007

We, in Lincolnshire, are proud of our diverse and multi-racial heritage, which we regard as a source of cultural, social and economic strength. We will work vigorously to combat all forms of racism to rid Lincolnshire of racial discrimination and to enshrine the principle that individuality and universality are the foundations of justice and peace. We declare that: We value... Read more

Probe into alleged illegal BNP vote

Steve Johnson | Monday, 12 March 2007

AN investigation has been launched into claims that BNP councillors in Sandwell allegedly voted illegally at an annual budget meeting. Sandwell Council lawyers are to pass on information to police after allegations that one or more of the borough's four BNP councillors took part in the meeting despite being in arrears with their council tax. It is illegal for local authority members... Read more

Migration fears to double BNP council seats

David Smith | Sunday, 11 March 2007

THE British National party (BNP) is heading for record gains in the May local elections, reflecting high levels of concern among voters about immigration. The anti-immigration party, which has 53 local councillors, is set to at least double its representation, according to Professor Michael Thrasher of Plymouth University's Elections Centre. "They are gaining real votes," he said. "It does look as though... Read more

BNP speak up over silence row

| Sunday, 11 March 2007

ANGRY BNP councillors have hit back at claims they are failing local people by not speaking at important meetings. The three party members on Kirklees council came under fire for not speaking up at last week's budget session. A senior Lib-Dem said their promises to voters had been exposed as empty. Coun Kath Pinnock, leader of the Lib Dem group, compared them... Read more

Cadet leader is a BNP boss

Hayley Court | Thursday, 8 March 2007

North Wiltshire MP James Gray says he is concerned that BNP chairman Mike Howson is a youth leader for youngsters at Rudloe Air Cadet unit. Mr Howson sparked controversy last month when he set up BNP patrols in Corsham in a bid to combat anti social behaviour. He claims the vigilante patrols were a response to concern by Corsham residents about thugs... Read more

New party leader is ex-BNP chief

David Bartlett | Wednesday, 7 March 2007

THE NEW leader of the far-right England First Party (EFP) is a former BNP chief. Steven Smith, who failed to win the Danesholme and Stoney-holme seat on Burnley Council in last month's by-election, has been named as chairman and leader of the party. And he said he was hoping to field six candidates in the upcoming local elections in May in Burnley,... Read more

BNP Redditch councillor keeps seat despite assault convictions

Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Yet another British National Party councillor has been found guilty of a violent crime. But David Enderby's conviction does not disqualify him from office and he has refused to resign his seat on Redditch council. Enderby, who won a seat in Winyates ward last May, was found guilty of three counts of assault by beating at a trial at Kidderminster... Read more

Up Barking Creek

Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Searchlight has always maintained that Richard Barnbrook, the leader of the BNP's group of 12 councillors in Barking and Dagenham, does not really live at the rundown rented flat where he put himself on the Electoral Register to qualify to stand for election last May. The lack of interest shown by the council's returning officer in Barnbrook's falsification seems to... Read more

24 groups join town’s fight to stop the BNP

Peter Lazenby | Tuesday, 6 March 2007

SCHOOLS, churches and companies are flocking to sign up to an anti-racism initiative launched by a Leeds MP. Morley and Rothwell Labour MP Colin Challen launched the "Morley Together" campaign after a British National Party candidate in Morley South was elected to Leeds City Council last year the first BNP councillor in the city. Mr Challen said he had launched the... Read more

England First pair quit party

| Monday, 5 March 2007

Both England First councillors for Blackburn with Darwen are leaving the far-right party. Coun Michael Johnson, who represents Fernhurst, will tonight quit to join the new party For Darwen, created last week. And Coun Mark Cotterill, who represents Meadowhead, will stand down as a councillor and leader of party at the local elections on May 3. It comes less than a year after... Read more

BNP seeks anti-abortion Catholic votes

Henry McDonald | Sunday, 4 March 2007

The British National Party is building an alliance with radical anti-abortion activists in an attempt to reach out to Catholics and secure their votes in future elections. Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, and one of his close deputies confirmed yesterday that they held private talks last week with the UK co-ordinator of Life League, an anti-abortion lobby group. Griffin and Mark... Read more

Revealed: Ukip official gave money to the BNP

Andrew Alderson and Robert Watts | Sunday, 4 March 2007

A senior official from the UK Independence Party gave money to the far-Right British National Party and met the party's leader. David Abbott, a general practitioner who serves on Ukip's ruling national executive committee, made a donation to American Friends of BNP while he was living and working in the US. He also attended a meeting in America at which Nick Griffin,... Read more