‘Fatty’ Soames springs to Grandpa’s defence

Oliver Marre | Sunday, 27 July 2008

Following last week's report that historians and the Churchill Society were not happy that the BNP has commissioned a portrait of Winston Churchill which the party is auctioning to raise funds, I hear that descendants of the wartime Prime Minister are also displeased. Nicholas Soames, Churchill's grandson and Conservative MP for Mid Sussex, tells me: 'I am appalled to hear... Read more

Truth truck or lie lorry

Sonia Gable uncovers another BNP financial scandal | Friday, 25 July 2008

“After months of research, we have come up with a better way of spreading the ‘Nationalist Message’ right across this country,” says the message that the British National Party has been sending out to its supporters for several weeks. There have been personalised letters from Nick Griffin, the party chairman, headed and “last chance to help ‘Operation Truth Truck’”, imploring in... Read more

Gays to show their Pride in a city with nine BNP councillors

Jessica Wilkins | Thursday, 24 July 2008

Stoke on Trent's third annual Pride march has come under fire from local BNP supporters. Registering their disgust at the civil rights march on the BNP website, one disgruntled local branded Pride "a disgusting 'thrusting in our faces' of homosexuality, which I consider totally inappropriate." Stoke on Trent has nine BNP councillors. The party rode a wave of anti-Labour feeling to win... Read more

BNP's second licence application rejected

| Wednesday, 23 July 2008

The BNP made yet another abortive attempt to apply for a 'mini' drinks and music licence yesterday morning for their upcoming Red White and Blue event better known as Scumfest. It was again opposed by the police who held up screen shots from the BNP website the day after the first application was opposed. The screen shots declared the BNP's intention... Read more

Ex-BNP man found hanged near Burnley pub

Camilla Sutcliffe | Tuesday, 22 July 2008

A MAN found dead in a Burnley street was a former BNP councillor, it has been revealed. Luke Smith, 26, of Brun-shaw Road, was found dead on a path leading from Yorkshire Street, near the Princess Royal Pub, to the canal around 4.30pm on Sunday. The convicted football hooligan, who was forced to resign as a councillor after continued allegations of violence,... Read more

Extremists’ target vows to speak out

| Saturday, 19 July 2008

A SHEFFIELD councillor says she was left "sick and frightened" after far-right extremists threatened her children and grandchildren. Labour councillor Jackie Drayton says she was bombarded with abusive emails after she criticised a British National Party meeting in Sheffield. Her name appeared on the BNP's national website - and within hours her inbox was full of angry emails. Today Coun Drayton said... Read more

‘Amateur’ BNP chiefs ruined election chances

| Thursday, 17 July 2008

THE British National Party candidate in the Cranbrook by-election vowed to never stand again following a crushing electoral defeat. Anthony Young, 77, of Belgrave Road, Ilford, criticised his party's leadership and the management of his campaign after he won just 37 votes. He said: "The scruffy and amateurish-looking leaflet distributed only on the Tuesday evening, some 36 hours before the polls... Read more

BNP licence bid

Clive Whittingham | Wednesday, 16 July 2008

THE British National Party has made a second bid for an alcohol and live music licence for its summer festival due to take place in Denby next month. Last month the party members walked out of a licensing meeting discussing whether to allow live music and alcohol at the event after Derbyshire Police raised late objections to it taking place. Now a... Read more

BNP night is cancelled

Claire Lewis | Wednesday, 16 July 2008

THE British National Party has had to cancel a meeting due to be held in Sheffield tonight. The meeting was set to be at Southey Social Club but, following talks with police, licensing officials, MPs and city councillors, the club has agreed to cancel the event. The club steward was inundated with calls from members of the public unhappy the club was... Read more

Race-hate pair flee to US for political asylum

Rob Preece | Wednesday, 16 July 2008

TWO men convicted of publishing race-hate articles on the internet have skipped bail and fled to the United States to claim political asylum, the Yorkshire Post can reveal. Simon Sheppard and Stephen Whittle were given bail by a judge at Leeds Crown Court on Friday, despite having been found guilty of a series of race-related offences. The pair were due to return... Read more

Former Burnley councillor assaulted pub landlord

Wendy Barlow | Tuesday, 15 July 2008

A FORMER Burnley councillor who attacked a pub landlord is suffering from mental health problems, a court has heard. Convicted football hooligan Luke Smith, 26, is awaiting sentence at Burnley Magistrates Court after punching the landlord and his solicitor told the court there had been a marked deterioration in his mental health. The former Lanehead councillor made national headlines in 2003 after... Read more

Holocaust denier convicted of trying to incite race hate online

Rob Preece | Saturday, 12 July 2008

A MAN who claims accounts of the Holocaust are "exaggerated" and describes Anne Frank's diary as "evil" has been convicted of putting articles on the internet that could stir up race hate. A jury at Leeds Crown Court yesterday found Simon Sheppard, 51, guilty of nine counts of publishing racially inflammatory written material on his website between March 2005 and April... Read more

Activist is kicked out of BNP

Stephen Lloyd | Friday, 11 July 2008

A senior British National Party activist has been booted out of the far right political group. Hartley Wintney resident Roger Robertson has been kicked out over his part in a bid to overthrow controversial leader Nick Griffin. Mr Robertson was campaign manager for Colin Auty, who planned a leadership bid. However, Mr Auty did not receive enough backing from party members to go... Read more

Losing BNP candidate slams his party

| Friday, 11 July 2008

THE BRITISH National Party candidate who suffered a crushing defeat in the Cranbrook by-election slated his party's leadership. Anthony Young, of Belgrave Road, Ilford, said he couldn't understand why he was put forward as a candidate after Cranbrook ward attracted the lowest number of BNP votes among Redbridge's 21 wards in the May 1 elections. Speaking before the polls opened, he said:... Read more

BNP man quits and says ‘It’s not nice to live in fear’

Neil Atkinson | Friday, 11 July 2008

A BNP councillor on Kirklees Council is to quit the party. Colin Auty, who represents Dewsbury East, failed to gather enough support to challenge British National Party leader Nick Griffin. Now the councillor, who was elected in 2006, says he will serve as an independent until next month when he will then quit the council. A by-election is then expected to take place. Clr... Read more

Dismal results for BNP

Sonia Gable | Friday, 11 July 2008

A British National Party candidate won just 37 votes in a by-election in Redbridge, east London. Anthony Young, a retired solicitor, came last out of four candidates, with 1.4%, in Cranbrook ward in the south of the borough, which borders onto Barking and Dagenham, where the BNP has 12 councillors. In the days before the election on 10 July,... Read more

BNP councillor’s ‘fascist’ outburst at vicar

John Phillips | Thursday, 10 July 2008

THE leader of Barking and Dagenham's BNP group has made a new outburst, this time against one of the borough's most respected clergymen. Cllr Bob Bailey called Rev Roger Gayler, vicar of St Mark's, Rose Lane, Marks Gate, a fascist for getting involved in politics. Mr Gayler took the unusual step of having 2,000 anti-BNP leaflets printed ahead of Thursday's council by-election... Read more

Singer is threatened for anti-racist stance

| Monday, 7 July 2008

The lead singer of a Sheffield band who spoke out against the British National Party says he has received threats of violence from far right supporters. John McClure, lead singer with Reverend and the Makers, says he was threatened after he took a stance against the BNP and organised a carnival in Rotherham to be staged in September. He says death threats... Read more

BNP councillor set to stand against council

Alexandra Barham | Tuesday, 1 July 2008

A BNP councillor will stand against a policy to promote equality within Markyate Parish Council at a council meeting tonight. Simon Deacon, BNP councillor and former leading National Front activist, called the Equal Opportunities Policy a waste of time and vowed not to support it. Speaking before the meeting he said: "I'm totally against it. "Why do we have to have all this... Read more