BNP chief accused of sick joke

Matt Withers | Sunday, 30 April 2006

THE British National Party chief was accused last night of making a joke out of the Holocaust by naming two pet pigs Anne and Frank. The far-right extremists led by Nick Griffin, who lives on a farm in Wales, yesterday denied he had deliberately picked the same name as the young Jewish diarist who died in a Nazi concentration camp. But a... Read more

BNP man on hate mail charge

| Saturday, 29 April 2006

A BRITISH National Party activist will appear in court next week accused of sending an offensive letter to a Labour councillor. Brian Darren Wainwright has been charged with sending a letter conveying an indecent or offensive message, following an investigation by Calderdale Police. It is alleged he sent the material to long-standing councillor Mohammed Najib, who represents Park ward, Halifax. It is believed... Read more

Bragg: Labour to blame for rise of BNP

| Friday, 28 April 2006

Singer and anti-fascism campaigner Billy Bragg has warned Labour that by failing to focus on the working classes it is creating political space for the BNP. In an interview with, Bragg said he thought that ordinary working people were no longer being represented by Labour. Ministers and the party should now "look away from middle England" and go back to their... Read more

Emmerdale stars say ‘keep the BNP out’ of Northern towns and cities

| Friday, 28 April 2006

Stars from ITV soap Emmerdale turned out to back UNISON's campaign against the BNP in the local elections next week. The Emmerdale cast took time off from their busy filming schedule to appear at the launch organised by Yorkshire & Humberside regional office. The union is actively campaigning against the BNP in the forthcoming elections, with the message that racial hatred destroys... Read more

BNP candidates under fire

| Thursday, 27 April 2006

Two local council election candidates are being investigated by police following allegations that they have committed electoral fraud. British National Party candidates John James Clarke, standing in the St Helier ward, and David Robin Clarke, for the Ravensbury ward, are being scrutinised following an investigation by the Evening Standard and the anti-nazi group Searchlight which said neither men lived or worked... Read more

‘There’s No Black Mozart’

| Thursday, 27 April 2006

With just a week to go until the local elections, Sky News has obtained a recording that once again raises questions about racism within the British National Party. According to a senior member of the BNP, black children of single parents grow up to be dysfunctional, under-achievers who drain the benefits system and are likely to mug you. The BNP has been... Read more

Mayor wins libel damages after false BNP sex claim

| Wednesday, 26 April 2006

A mayor accepted undisclosed libel damages today over a British National Party claim that he had been struck off the medical register for having sex with a female patient. Dr Raj Chandran, a GP and the Mayor of the Borough of Gedling, in Nottinghamshire was not prepared to let the unfounded allegations on the BNP website go unchallenged, said solicitor Matthew... Read more

United in battle against the BNP

Anthony Osborne | Monday, 24 April 2006

A COALITION aiming to keep the British National Party out of Swindon has begun its campaign in earnest. Swindon Against Fascism (SAF), which is opposing the BNP's candidate Reg Bates, took its campaign to the streets of Gorse Hill and Pinehurst on Saturday with a mass leaflet drop. Mr Bates is the first BNP member to stand for Swindon Council and the... Read more

Croydon Day of Action

| Monday, 24 April 2006

Saturday 29 April, 10.00am Meet in Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon, CR0 1BD We shall be distributing Searchlight newspapers and leaflets to households in the two wards in which BNP candidates are standing. Supported by UNISON, PCS, UCATT, NATFHE, TGWU, MU, Croydon, Battersea & Wandsworth and Brighton TUCs and London Anti-Racist Alliance (LARA). Trade unionists will also have the opportunity to join... Read more

Debden Day of Action

| Monday, 24 April 2006

Saturday 29 April, 10.00am Meet at the "walk through" close to Woolworths on the Broadway, Debden. Nearest tube station is Debden on the Epping branch of the Central Line. Buses 397 from Chingford and 20 from Leyton Green via Woodford. This is where the BNP have three sitting councillors. They are fighting in four wards, of which three are high risk. The BNP... Read more

Don’t panic, just turn out the vote

| Friday, 21 April 2006

The YouGov poll in today's Daily Telegraph is cause for concern but it is not altogether unexpected. In 2004 the BNP received 4.9% of the vote in the European Elections, and this was when the right wing UKIP polled 16%. Support for the BNP has gone up slightly since then as growing disillusionment with the mainstream parties and the fallout from... Read more

Don’t vote for BNP, Church leaders urge

William Green, Political Correspondent | Thursday, 20 April 2006

YORKSHIRE church leaders are urging voters to reject the British National Party at the upcoming local elections over fears the far Right group will damage community relations. The Bishops of Wakefield and Pontefract have called on residents to defeat the BNP at the ballot box on May 4, which comes in the wake of recent research that said a fifth of... Read more

Scarborough by-election

| Thursday, 20 April 2006

The BNP is contesting a Scarborough Borough Council by-election on 11 May, a week after the rest of the English council elections. Scarborough does not have any elections on 4 May. The full list of candidates in Stepney ward is: Candidate Party Neil Buglass Independent Jonathan Mark Dixon Green Party Patricia Marsburg Labour Party Heather Park... Read more

Anti-BNP campaign diary for Barking & Dagenham

| Thursday, 20 April 2006

22 April 10.30am Labour Hall, Tenderten Road, Dagenham 23 April 11am Labour Hall, Tenderten Road, Dagenham 1 May 11am Labour Hall, Tenderten Road, Dagenham 2 May 11am, 2pm, 6pm Labour Hall, Tenderten Road, Dagenham 3 May 11am, 2pm, 6pm Labour Hall, Tenderten Road, Dagenham 4 May tba Dear friend, The... Read more

Billy Bragg HOPE not hate tour 2006

| Wednesday, 19 April 2006

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BNP support ‘on the wane’ in Burnley

David Bartlett | Tuesday, 18 April 2006

A BURNLEY British National Party councillor has admitted support in some areas of the town for the far-right party is falling. The revelation came as a survey said that up to 25 per cent of voters nationally were thinking of supporting the BNP. Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said that anger with the main political parties had led to increasing numbers... Read more

We can beat the BNP in Barking & Dagenham

| Monday, 17 April 2006

Many people might be perplexed and concerned by recent media reports that eight out of ten white families are thinking of voting for the BNP in Barking & Dagenham in the forthcoming local elections. Taken at face value the reports suggest the BNP is certain to win several council seats. Searchlight does not believe this is so. Our own research suggests that... Read more

Worried Labour MPs open new front to fight BNP threat on their doorstep

Toby Helm, Chief Political Correspondent and Matt Barnwell | Saturday, 15 April 2006

Labour MPs worried about the rise of the British National Party (BNP) are setting up a parallel campaign organisation because they fear their own party is not doing enough to counter the far-Right. More than 50 MPs in areas where the BNP is strong are working closely on tactics with the new organisation - Labour Friends of Searchlight - before May... Read more

Insignificant in percentage terms but very sinister

Neil Tweedie | Saturday, 15 April 2006

The British National Party promised to field 356 candidates in the local government elections next month. While most will sink without trace, a few will probably succeed, prompting fears of a renewed threat from the far-Right. The reality is, however, that while the BNP has sometimes won a small number of council seats, mostly in east Lancashire and West Yorkshire, it... Read more

Anti-BNP papers grabbed - But cops rule out probe

| Friday, 14 April 2006

Anti-BNP campaigners have protested after police refused to investigate the bizarre theft of thousands of their newspapers. A man was seen loading the 2,500 papers into his car outside the YMCA in Crossley Street, Halifax. When confronted by one of the distributors, he jumped into the vehicle which drove off at high speed. A police spokesman told the Courier: "We can confirm we... Read more

Is it a sign?

| Friday, 14 April 2006

For many years the people of Burnley have had to endure the horrendous sight of BNP banners displayed prominently on a chimney close to the town centre. It appeared that this year was to be no exception, but could things be about to change? Just as the BNP's racist fortunes appear... Read more

BNP’s dirty tricks in the scramble for votes

Andrew Gilligan | Thursday, 13 April 2006

At least six British National Party candidates in next month's local elections are standing under false addresses to get round electoral law, the Evening Standard has discovered. The party has set up a network of "front houses" in at least one case a derelict flat and filed false nomination papers to beat a rule that all local election... Read more

We need BNP like a hole in the head

Daniel Knowles | Tuesday, 11 April 2006

A LABOUR Government minister has urged residents to vote for anyone but the British National Party in May's council election. Local Government Minister Phil Woolas addressed a meeting of concerned residents at the Punjabi Community Centre in Gorse Hill yesterday. The meeting followed in the wake of the BNP putting forward candidate Reg Bates in the fight for the Gorse Hill and... Read more

BNP field three in next month’s council elections

| Friday, 7 April 2006

FAR-RIGHT candidates standing for election in Hastings have been slammed as 'Hitler clones'. Michael Foster, MP for Hastings, condemned the three British National Party members hoping to get elected in the town's Tressell and Hollington wards. He said: "These people have what I consider a vile and nasty personal agenda. "They do not like homosexuals, ethnic minorities and even oppose some disability legislation... Read more

Extremists spark poll day fears

| Friday, 7 April 2006

THE British National Party is to field election candidates in New Addington for the first time. And the news has sparked fears that it could inflame racial tensions on the estate. Police are set to keep a high profile watching brief on the council election campaign after accusations that BNP canvassers were already "intimidating" voters and fellow candidates. Clifford Le May and Matthew... Read more

Warning to voters: BNP ‘threat’ in 80 council seats

Jon Land | Thursday, 6 April 2006

Voters in next month's local council elections were warned today not to "sleep walk" into electing a large number of BNP councillors. Trade unions, politicians and anti-fascist groups joined forces to back a new tour by singer Billy Bragg as part of a campaign to fight the BNP. The singer said today there was a danger that his home town of Barking... Read more

Tell fascists to BNP off

Kevin Maguire | Wednesday, 5 April 2006

HOOLIGAN Luke Smith was forced to resign as a Burnley councillor after attacking a colleague with a bottle at a summer festival kids had been invited to. Waste of space Dan Kelley quit as a councillor in Barking & Dagenham, finally conceding he was clueless. "There's meetings that go right over my head and there's little point me being there,"... Read more

Hope wins over hate!

Nick Lowles | Sunday, 2 April 2006

It was soon after one in the morning of Friday 11 June when Nick Griffin appeared on television. His face looked drawn, his hair even more greased over than usual and he was not in a happy mood. The election had been fixed, he announced to the ITV interviewer. "The BNP has been the victim of the worst political... Read more