Union's fear on BNP vote

| Thursday, 27 May 2004

RACE attacks will rise if the BNP wins seats in June's elections, Unison chiefs are to warn today. The public service union is launching a campaign on the dangers of the Far Right. A report will claim that in areas with elected BNP councillors racial assaults have tripled. It will also say the NHS could be damaged because the party... Read more

BNP to base election broadcast on documentary that Channel 4 pulled

By Ian Herbert, North of England Correspondent | Thursday, 27 May 2004

The British National Party demonstrated its readiness to exploit any hint of ethnic tension in pursuit of votes yesterday by revealing that it is to base a national party election broadcast on the television programme pulled by Channel 4 following police advice that it could spark racial violence. The party's broadcast on Channel 5 tomorrow evening will include comments alleged... Read more

Racist BNP leaflet outrages councillor

| Thursday, 27 May 2004

RIP up this racist rubbish... ...that is the plea from councillor Jim Bollan who this week hit out at the British National Party for stirring up racial hatred in West Dunbartonshire. The BNP's leaflet for the forthcoming European Parliamentery elections, which makes open attacks on asylum seekers, has been dropping through the letterboxes of houses in the area trying to... Read more

BNP election leaflets spark police probe

| Thursday, 27 May 2004

POLICE are investigating complaints about election literature distributed by the far-right British National Party across Scotland. Officers in the Capital were talking to the Crown Office after receiving a complaint about one of the leaflets. Similar complaints in Glasgow have led the Crown Office to ask police to provide "further information" about the leaflets. Other forces in Scotland are also... Read more

BNP told to cut TV broadcast

Exclusive - By Calum Macdonald | Thursday, 27 May 2004

TELLY bosses last night ordered the BNP to make cuts to a Scottish broadcast amid fears it could scupper a high-profile murder trial. The extremist right-wing party tried to make political capital from the recent death of a 15-year-old boy in Glasgow. The BNP had planned to feature it in an election broadcast tonight. But the BBC and Scottish TV... Read more

Schools are BNP target

by Peter Lazenby | Thursday, 27 May 2004

YORKSHIRE schoolchildren are being targeted by the far-right British National Party. Today one former recruit who joined the BNP in West Yorkshire when he was 15 told the YEP how he was drawn into their murky world - and how he broke away. He spoke out on the second day of a YEP investigation into the BNP as ballot papers... Read more

BNP leaflet condemned

by Claire Hart | Thursday, 27 May 2004

A Bangor student of traveller origin has expressed his concern at a BNP leaflet which condemns Gypsy immigration. Andrew Wilson, a final year student at the University of Wales, Bangor, said: "I received the leaflet through my door at the weekend, and several things about it frustrated me. "There is a paragraph which reads, 'Since May 1, 75m potential migrants... Read more

BNP man charged over soccer fight

| Tuesday, 25 May 2004

A BNP candidate standing in next month's local elections has appeared in court in connection with violent scenes after a Stoke City football match. Ian Clegg, of Souldern Way, Meir Hay, Stoke-on-Trent, was one of 13 men who appeared before magistrates in Fenton. They have been charged with public order offences after trouble flared following a game with West Ham... Read more

Post staff reject BNP pamphlets

| Tuesday, 25 May 2004

Postal workers in Somerset are refusing to deliver election leaflets for the British National Party (BNP) alleging they are racist. The Communication Workers' Union said on Tuesday members were following their consciences over the leaflets. But the BNP said its democratic rights were being undermined. A formal complaint would be lodged with the police, alleging criminal offences, over any undelivered... Read more

BNP hammered in Torbay council by-election

| Monday, 24 May 2004

Despite their boasts of "demonstrating a huge increase of support for our policies", the British National Party suffered a major setback at Oldway Mansion in Paignton last night. During the initial stages of the count, Tony North, the leading BNP Euro candidate in the South West region, and 11 of his pack of scum were looking pretty pleased with themselves.... Read more

BNP election candidates in a pickle

| Monday, 24 May 2004

CANDIDATES standing for a far-right party will be barred from acting as councillors if they fail to sign up to an anti-discrimination code. The British National Party is putting candidates up in all wards in the Sunderland City Council elections in June. But several clauses in the city council's code of conduct - which all councillors must sign within two... Read more

MP Calls For Police Probe Into Posters

By Carl Butler | Friday, 21 May 2004

BNP Campaign 'Inflammatory' A NORTH Wales MP has asked the police to investigate "inflammatory" election posters distributed by the British National Party. The far-Right party has produced 30 million of the leaflets - "Asylum Is Making Britain Explode". They are being distributed through the postal service for the June 10 European elections. Wrexham Labour MP Ian Lucas said: "I am... Read more

BNP councillor's vow despite barring bid

| Thursday, 20 May 2004

Controversial councillor Simon Darby has vowed he will continue as a councillor despite a row over his eligibility to stand for re-election. The BNP representative was elected to Dudley Council last year although resident in Cannock. That meant to qualify as a councillor he had to prove that he either owned or rented a business or worked as an employee... Read more

BNP denies involvement in incident at equality council's HQ

| Thursday, 20 May 2004

Police say they are treating the plastering of stickers displaying the name of the far-right British National Party on the offices of Devon's Racial Equality Council as race harassment. Staff at the offices in York Road, Exeter, were so distressed to discover the anti-asylum-seeker stickers on the door they contacted the police. House-to-house inquiries have been carried out and the... Read more

BNP candidate 'tore' papers of anti-fascist

| Thursday, 20 May 2004

A BRITISH National Party candidate tore anti-fascist newspapers from the hands of a pensioner during a rowdy street argument, a court heard. Paul Harris, aged 43, was pulling so hard on the papers he fell over backwards when Joe Hayward released his grip, it was claimed. Sheffield magistrates' court heard that moments earlier Mr Hayward had been grabbed from behind... Read more

BNP Threat

By Justin Cohen | Thursday, 20 May 2004

The British National Party's efforts in next month's elections pose the biggest challenge to democracy since Hitler, a top trade unionist has warned. In a letter to be sent more than a million members of the AMICUS union next week, Roger Lyons accused the far-right party of attempting to put fascism into the mainstream. And while candidates are expected to... Read more

Vote and stop BNP, candidates urge

By Gavin McGregor | Thursday, 20 May 2004

If you do not vote in the London Assembly elections, you will help to elect racist thugs from the BNP. That was the message being hammered home relentlessly this week by London Mayor Ken Livingstone and his rivals. After an unprecedented cross-party campaign launch in Vauxhall, where he was joined by Tory mayoral hopeful Steve Norris and Lib Dem rival... Read more

BNP councillor's vow despite barring bid

| Thursday, 20 May 2004

Controversial councillor Simon Darby has vowed he will continue as a councillor despite a row over his eligibility to stand for re-election. The BNP representative was elected to Dudley Council last year although resident in Cannock. That meant to qualify as a councillor he had to prove that he either owned or rented a business or worked as an employee... Read more

Use your vote to foil BNP - church leaders

| Thursday, 20 May 2004

CHURCH leaders of the main faith communities in Sheffield were today rallying support against the 'race hate' of the British National Party. The Bishops of the Anglican and Roman Catholics churches, along with Methodists, Islamic groups, Sikhs and the Jewish communities are set to sign a joint declaration opposing the right wing party, which is contesting 22 seats in South... Read more

BNP candidate charged after clash

| Thursday, 20 May 2004

A BNP candidate standing in next month's local elections is one of 16 men charged in connection with violence after a football match. A spokesman for the far-right party said Ian Clegg, who is hoping for a seat on Stoke-on-Trent City Council, was arrested on Thursday. The trouble flared after Stoke City's match against West Ham on 24 April. Staffordshire... Read more

'Don't deliver election material for the BNP'

| Wednesday, 19 May 2004

A Trade union is heading for a major clash with a far-right political party for encouraging posties not to deliver its election material. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has launched a campaign in the Bristol area to urge members not to deliver election material for the British National Party in the run-up to the Euro elections on June 10. The... Read more

BNP? We'd rather lose battle

| Wednesday, 19 May 2004

Campaigning residents in Portishead - fighting to stop an asylum screening centre planned for the town - have said they would rather lose the battle than win with the support of the British National Party. The BNP has been sending leaflets to residents in the town promoting itself and its policies, which include a pledge to close the doors to... Read more

Video Nazi!

By James Orr | Sunday, 16 May 2004

NEWS OF THE WORLD INVESTIGATES: Secret film exposes sickening racist truth about BNP's Euro candidate and hidden shame behind the right-wing party's new 'respectable' image A SHOCK video today explodes the myth that the British National Party has ditched racismóby exposing one of its leaders as a rampant NAZI. Bosses claim they have purged extremists as they field candidates in the... Read more

BNP woman may be booted off council

| Saturday, 15 May 2004

FAR-right Burnley councillor Carol Hughes is in danger of being thrown off the council because of her poor attendance record. Coun Hughes, who represents Gannow ward for the British National Party, has not attended any council meetings for six months and must go to next Wednesday's full council meeting to avoid losing her seat. BNP bosses said they were aware... Read more

Police chief: BNP misused my words

Rosie Cowan, crime correspondent | Friday, 14 May 2004

One of the UK's most senior police officers is embroiled in a row with the British National party after it used comments he made on crime and immigration in its election literature. Remarks by Chris Fox, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, are reproduced on leaflets promoting Grant Rowe, a BNP candidate for Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in next... Read more

Elections shock as BNP targets Wharfe seats

| Friday, 14 May 2004

THE BRITISH National Party has shaken the political landscape by entering election candidates for all of the Wharfedale, Aireborough and Horsforth wards. In a move which is causing shock waves across the political spectrum, the far right party is casting its web beyond its traditional inner city territory to target more affluent and rural parts of Leeds. Recently given a... Read more

Don't vote for BNP, begs Blunkett

| Friday, 14 May 2004

Home Secretary David Blunkett has urged voters not to support the "vile, racist" BNP in elections on June 10. Mr Blunkett, MP for Sheffield Brightside, writing in the Yorkshire Post, said: "I understand some of the worries and concerns my constituents have, but my appeal to them is not to support the vile, racist politics of the British National Party.... Read more

Staff must work with BNP

By Paul Waugh, Evening Standard Deputy Political Editor | Friday, 14 May 2004

Staff at the Greater London Authority will face the sack if they refuse to work with any British National Party candidates elected in next month's Assembly elections. The warning came in meetings to clarify the duties of support staff, press officers and other workers at City Hall, should the BNP achieve a breakthrough. The Evening Standard's YouGov poll this week... Read more

Union speaks out over BNP member

| Friday, 14 May 2004

A UNION has hit out at the decision by one of its members to stand as a British National Party candidate. Fitter Allen Milton is one of 16 candidates being fielded by the far-right party at next month's Kirklees Council elections. He is employed by the council at its cleansing depot in Vine Street, Hillhouse, and is bidding for election... Read more

Kidnap and blackmail record of BNP official

| Friday, 14 May 2004

THE BNP today distanced itself from its Barnsley organiser who was revealed as a convicted criminal with a string of offences including kidnap, robbery, false imprisonment, blackmail and assault. Dean Strawson-Moreland had claimed he was the face of the BNP in Barnsley and posed for photographs with some of the party's candidates. With his upper-class accent and claims of a... Read more

BNP pulls out of Barrow

| Friday, 14 May 2004

FURNESS anti-fascist campaigners were today claiming a victory for democracy after a no show by the British National Party in the forth-coming local elections. Organisers of the controversial, far-right party confirmed only last month that three members would stand for Barrow Town Hall seats. But despite their bold claims, the BNP failed to register any candidates by the time nominations... Read more

No BNP candidates for Cumbria

By Natalie Wilson | Friday, 14 May 2004

ANTI-nazi campaigners have welcomed the news that no candidates from the far-right British National Party will stand in next month's local elections in Cumbria. But they have warned against complacency, as the party has decided to channel its energy into winning a seat in the region's European elections. Cumbrian Unite Against Fascism campaigner, Paul Jenkins, said: "I think it shows... Read more

BNP warning from Blair

| Friday, 14 May 2004

PRIME Minister Tony Blair has warned voters about the dangers of choosing the BNP in the city's forthcoming election. His warning comes as the city is seeing the largest number of BNP local election candidates in the North of England. Sunderland is also the only local authority where the BNP is contesting all wards. The Prime Minister, in an interview... Read more

BNP unveils its election weapon women

By Ian Herbert and Marie Woolf | Friday, 14 May 2004

Political activists fighting the British National Party in next month'slocal and European elections were focusing yesterday on its new weapon -female candidates. The party is estimated to be fielding up to 80 women, an unprecedentednumber, including 11 in Yorkshire, where a quarter of the party's 400candidates across both elections will stand on 10 June. Six women are standing in Barnsley,... Read more

Upper-crust mask slips to expose a criminal past

by Rob Waugh | Thursday, 13 May 2004

THE shocking criminal past of Barnsley BNP organiser Dean Strawson-Morland last night dealt a body blow to the far-Right party's attempts to win seats in Yorkshire and severely undermined its attempts to present a new image to the electorate. It has emerged that the 39-year-old organiser has a string of previous convictions stretching back to 1982. He was sentenced to... Read more

BNP stands in Jewish heartland

| Thursday, 13 May 2004

A BRITISH National Party candidate is standing for election against five Jews in the heart of the Jewish community at next month's local andEuropean elections. Peter Maverick will contest the Alwoodley ward against councillors Ronnie and Ruth Feldman (Conservative), Councillor Jonathon Brown and Judith Chapman (Liberal Democrat) and Leonard Fineberg (Labour). Apart from in the North Leeds ward, other Jewish... Read more

Right-wing BNP warned: get out of our town now

By Geoffrey Lakema | Wednesday, 12 May 2004

A SCHOOL governor is standing as a right-wing British National Party candidate in the Euro Parliamentary elections. Tony North, 56, believes the children of asylum seekers should be refused an education in Britain. He said: "I don't think there should be asylum seekers in this country. "It is entirely sensible not to lump our children with children who come from... Read more

Concern at BNP election meeting held in town hall

Exclusive Rob Waugh | Wednesday, 12 May 2004

THE British National Party has signalled its intention to make a breakthrough in Yorkshire's main urban centres in next month's local elections by holding its first-ever meeting in a Leeds council building. The far-Right party's leader Nick Griffin was among the speakers at the meeting at Morley Town Hall which was attended by 120 BNP supporters and activists. The party... Read more

BNP to field 14 candidates

| Wednesday, 12 May 2004

RIGHT Wing extremists the British National Party are fielding 14 candidates in Barnsley's local council elections, prompting calls to the electorate to snub them. Of the 14 BNP members standing in the Labour stronghold, including one in the ward of council leader, Steve Houghton, eight are women. Today the sheer number of BNP candidates prompted calls from political and church... Read more

BNP row of school governor

By Geoffrey Lakema | Wednesday, 12 May 2004

A SCHOOL governor is standing as a right-wing British National Party candidate in the Euro Parliamentary elections. Tony North, 56, believes the children of asylum seekers should be refused an education in Britain. He said: "I don't think there should be asylum seekers in this country. "It is entirely sensible not to lump our children with children who come from... Read more

Shock at huge increase in BNP election candidates

By Rob Waugh | Wednesday, 12 May 2004

THE far-Right British National Party has sent shock waves across the region's political landscape by fielding 101 candidates for next month's local elections in Yorkshire. The number is more than twice last year's figure and brought immediate fears that significant damage could be done to community relations in Yorkshire's racially-diverse towns and cities. Last night all three main political parties... Read more

BNP screening rap

| Tuesday, 11 May 2004

A Leading Welsh language campaign group has condemned the BNP's attempts to enter the Welsh language debate. Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg has publicly denounced the British National Party's political broadcasts in Welsh. These will be screened on television in the build-up to the June 10 European and local elections. The chairman of Cymdeithas Huw Lewis said: "As an organisation that... Read more

Racist Cowards Don't Deserve A Voice

by David Banks - Wales' most outspoken and controversial columnist | Tuesday, 11 May 2004

IF you believe in complete freedom of speech then it's hard to argue that the BNP should not get it's Party Political Broadcast for the upcoming elections. But when you know what the BNP are about it's hard to accept that anyone should have a right to broadcast such views. The truly pathetic thing about the BNP though is that... Read more

Anger Over BNP's Move To Use Welsh

by Tom Bodden - Welsh Affairs Correspondent | Tuesday, 11 May 2004

LANGUAGE campaigners yesterday denounced a bid by the BNP to appeal to Welsh speakers. Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg condemned plans by the far-right British National Party's plans for an election broadcast in Welsh. The teenage daughter of BNP chairman Nick Griffin could become the face of the party in one of it's first-ever TV messages in the run-up to Junes... Read more

BNP man in poll form 'blunder'

| Tuesday, 11 May 2004

A candidate for the extremist BNP party has been prevented from standing in next month's local elections because he filled out his nomination form incorrectly. Tony Bamber, 48, of Greenbank Street, Plungington, Preston, was all set to challenge Labour's Matthew Brown and returning Tory, Margaret McManus, for a seat in the Tulketh ward. However, his plans were thwarted when he... Read more

Right-wing BNP warned: get out of our town now

| Tuesday, 11 May 2004

Outraged residents in the West yesterday had a clear message for the British National Party - you're not welcome here. The far-right group has been leafleting in Portishead, where there has been strong opposition to Home Office plans for an asylum seekers' centre. BNP members say they were invited to the town by "concerned residents seeking our help". But yesterday... Read more

BNP may use teen girl on TV

By Gareth Huges | Monday, 10 May 2004

A WELSH teenager could become the face of far-right party BNP in its first-ever TV broadcasts. Jennifer Griffin from Welshpool may feature in the political broadcasts in the run-up to June's local and Euro elections. The 17-year-old daughter of BNP party leader Nick Griffin wants to be in a Welsh language version, to be shown on May 28. Trade unionist... Read more

Council hopeful's Nazi books link

| Saturday, 8 May 2004

A British National Party candidate in the forthcoming Bradford Council elections has been exposed as the publisher of books glorifying Hitler and Nazi Germany. The Telegraph & Argus can reveal that Dr James Lewthwaite, 52, the BNP candidate for Wyke ward in the June elections, used to run publishing company Shelf Books Ltd, specialising in Nazi literature from his home in... Read more

Election hopeful was BNP member

| Thursday, 6 May 2004

A MEMBER of the Darwen Independents planning to fight for seats at this year's council elections is a former member of the British National Party. Trevor Maxfield plans to fight for a seat in Earcroft as an independent, but was until recently an organiser for the far-right party. Mr Maxfield, who has also been a Labour party member, said he... Read more

Fight the hooligans of the BNP

| Thursday, 6 May 2004

WELSH politicians needed to do more to campaign against "hooligans in suits" representing the BNP, AMs were told yesterday. Liberal Democrat Jenny Randerson led a short debate on combating racism in the forthcoming local and European elections. She said although no BNP candidates had ever been elected in Wales at any level, mainstream parties should be on their guard in the run-up... Read more

BNP London campaign flounders

| Wednesday, 5 May 2004

A disastrous May Day political rally for the British National Party in west London was the highlight of ten days of failures for the party of no-hopers and losers. A week earlier the party's much publicised St George's Day family festival near Wickford in Essex flopped after attracting only 80 to 90 members with around 40 children. A broad-based coalition... Read more

Church urges 'don't vote for BNP'

Greg Lewis | Tuesday, 4 May 2004

CHURCH leaders in Wales have urged people not to vote for the far-right British National Party in next month's European elections. The head of an organisation representing all the Christian churches has said voters should not fall for 'racist' candidates. "We take a strong line against supporting any candidates from racist parties," said Rev Gethin Abraham-Williams, general secretary, of Cytun... Read more

Seven Years Jail for Nazi Petrol Bomber

By Alistair Keely, PA News | Tuesday, 4 May 2004

A Nazi sympathiser was jailed for seven years today for carrying out a racist firebomb attack on a Bangladeshi man. Thomas Jackson hurled burning bottles at Unysur Rahman as he was unloading a van outside a friend's furniture shop in Hull on Christmas Eve last year. Mr Rahman, 20, was left with burns on his hands and face following the... Read more

Bishop praises BNP boycott plea

| Sunday, 2 May 2004

The Bishop of Burnley has congratulated church leaders in West Yorkshire who urged Christians to shun the British National Party in forthcoming elections Bishop John Goddard backed colleagues across the Pennines who are asking Christians to deal an electoral blow in June's European and council elections. Bishop Goddard said he was "delighted" and had nothing but praise for his Yorkshire... Read more

Unions join bid to oust BNP

| Sunday, 2 May 2004

LANCASHIRE trade unions are campaigning against the British National Party and racist political groups in preparation for the forthcoming local and European elections on June 10. Trade union councils are taking part in protests to stop racists being elected to borough and county councils, and the European Parliament. Peter Billington, secretary of Lancashire Association of Trade Union Councils, said: "The... Read more

Howard says confront NF

By Jamie McGinnes | Sunday, 2 May 2004

MICHAEL Howard has spoken of his concern at far-right groups fielding candidates in Kent elections.The Conservative leader told Kent on Sunday the British National Party and National Front should be confronted. Speaking after an NF candidate was defeated in a by-election in Ashford by the black former mayor of Ashford, George Koowaree, Mr Howard urged people not to vote for... Read more