BNP broken in Goresbrook

| Friday, 24 June 2005

The BNP suffered a massive reversal of its fortunes in the Barking and Dagenham council by-election in Goresbrook on 23 June, when a 51% vote for the BNP last September turned into a 51% vote for Labour. The BNP has now lost its only London council seat after just a few months, holding it only a month longer than did... Read more

Becontree, Dagenham by-election 14 July 2005

| Wednesday, 22 June 2005

Hot on the anti-BNP campaign in the Goresbrook by-election, where the response from a broad alliance of anti-fascists has been tremendous, we have already started work in Becontree, which the BNP believes it can win. Because of its lack of activists who live in the borough of Barking and Dagenham itself, the BNP has been forced to adopt a candidate,... Read more

Summer blues on the BNP election front

| Tuesday, 21 June 2005

It may not quite have been Super Thursday, but the British National Party fought four council by-elections on Thursday 16 June, and failed in all of them. In three the party's result was abysmal. Only in Morley did Chris Beverley bring home a half-decent second place for the BNP. Beverley, known as Scarface, stood for the BNP in Morley and... Read more

Councillors free to call BNP nazi

| Tuesday, 21 June 2005

The local government watchdog, the Standards Board, has rejected a BNP councillor's complaint over another councillor who said, "We don't want nazis in our town". Gavin Stollar, an Epping Forest district councillor and Liberal Democrat general election candidate in Brentwood and Ongar, made the comment after the BNP held a conference in Brentwood in January. The Loughton BNP councillor Patricia... Read more

Ban on BNP yob

| Monday, 20 June 2005

Postman Michael Dafter is today exposed as a soccer yob with a string of convictions. The 24-year-old, who has twice stood as a council candidate for the right wing British National Party, has a series of convictions. But now the Newcastle United follower has been slapped with a two-year football banning order. Dafter was picked up at Manchester Airport on his way to... Read more

Stephen Fry listed as hate target on neo-Nazi website

Maurice Chittenden | Sunday, 19 June 2005

STEPHEN FRY, the comedy actor, has put been on a hate list by a neo-Nazi group. The television presenter was told by researchers at Searchlight, the anti-fascist organisation, that his name had been posted on a far-right website. Fry describes hearing of the threat in an interview in today's Sunday Times News Review. His name and details were posted on... Read more

BNP is told ‘take poison elsewhere’

| Saturday, 18 June 2005

ACTIVISTS from the British National Party are targeting an Ely estate and Fenland village to the disgust of MPs. Sutton has been hit by a mass leafleting campaign and the High Barns estate in Ely will be targeted in the next two weeks as the far right party looks for support to fight for a seat on East Cambridgeshire District... Read more

BNP pair fined for brawl on campus

Roland Hancock | Friday, 17 June 2005

A LEADING member of the BNP has admitted causing fear and provocation to violence after a fight in the foyer of a university campus building. Tony Wentworth, 23, appeared before the town's Salford magistrates' court yesterday along with his co-accused "bodyguard" Joseph Owens, 42, who pleaded guilty to common assault. Judge Jonathan Finestein gave Wentworth, of Salford, and Owens, from Norris... Read more

BNP Leaders Committed to Crown Court

Dave Higgens, PA | Thursday, 16 June 2005

The leader of the British National Party is to face a trial by jury on race hate charges after his case was committed to Crown Court today. Nick Griffin, 45, was charged by West Yorkshire Police in April following a long running investigation into the BBC documentary The Secret Agent, which secretly filmed BNP activists. Griffin, of Llanerfyl, Powys, appeared at Leeds... Read more

Billy Bragg helps anti-BNP campaign in Goresbrook

| Wednesday, 15 June 2005

Meet locally born international recording artist Billy Bragg and his old neighbours and friends as they hand out anti-BNP leaflets in Goresbrook ward, Barking, on Saturday 18 June in conjunction with Searchlight Information Services. Billy, just back from a tour in Scandinavia, will be at the Labour Hall, Green Lane, Dagenham (corner of Tenterden Road) at 10.30am this Saturday. He will... Read more

War veterans’ anger at BNP ‘hypocrisy’

| Wednesday, 15 June 2005

ANGRY veterans have condemned footage of British National Party members laying wreaths at Dagenham's war memorial as "hypocritical". A video of BNP leader Nick Griffin and Goresbrook by-election candidate Lawrence Rustem laying wreaths at the memorial in Church Elm Lane, has been distributed around the ward in the lead up to the election next week. Frank Meehan, chairman of the Dagenham British... Read more

National Front scared off

| Wednesday, 8 June 2005

It was good news that the fascist National Front cried off from its planned march in Northampton on 28 May because of a strong lead shown by the community-based Northants Unity Against Fascism. Local long-time anti-fascists and colleagues of Searchlight contacted us for an intelligence briefing and help with tactics and a leaflet for a counter demonstration, which produced 150 people... Read more

BNP fails to impress

Nick Lowles | Wednesday, 1 June 2005

For the second year running the British National Party has failed to make any political breakthrough at a country-wide election. Nick Lowles examines the general election results and asks where now for the BNP? The British National Party was determined not to repeat last year's mistakes. Then, it went into the European elections and all-out council elections in West Midlands and... Read more