Debts, lawsuits and internal feuding cast doubt on future of BNP

The Independent by Cahal Milmo, Chief Reporter | Saturday, 28 August 2010

The British National Party faces a financial and political crisis with crippling debts and an internal rebellion which could spell the end of the far-right group as a significant electoral force. The party has a deficit of at least £500,000 and could face up to 12 claims of unfair dismissal from workers who lost their jobs following the BNP's disastrous showing... Read more

‘Joining the BNP was misguided and it’s a racist party’

This is Staffordshire by Iain Robinson | Thursday, 26 August 2010

THE wife of the city's former BNP leader has launched a scathing attack on the "racist" organisation after joining another political party. Councillor Ellie Walker has become a member of Stoke-on-Trent City Council's new Community Voice group after several months spent as a non-aligned councillor. Mrs Walker quit the British National Party in March, along with husband, and former group leader, Alby... Read more

BNP leader interferes in independent’s work

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Sunday, 22 August 2010

The leader of the British National Party is trying to interfere in the work of an independent member of the London Assembly. Nick Griffin, who recently appointed himself acting London regional organiser for the racist party, visited Chris Roberts at his City Hall office on Friday to discuss “GLA work” according to a report on the BNP’s London Patriot website.... Read more

Ex-councillor arrested in firearms raid

East Anglian Daily Times by Lawrence Cawley | Sunday, 22 August 2010

A BNP activist and former parish councillor has been arrested by police on suspicion of a firearms offence. Tactical firearms officers were involved in the arrest earlier this week of 50-year-old David Lucas, of Lakenheath – just two months after he admitted possessing ammunition and gunpowder at Ipswich Crown Court. Mr Lucas was arrested on Wednesday after police officers executed warrants... Read more

Send us in your messages and photos

by Nick Lowles | Saturday, 21 August 2010

Next Friday the HOPE not hate campaign will be holding a peace vigil in Bradford city centre. It is an opportunity to celebrate 'our' Bradford as opposed to the message of hate pushed by the English Defence League. Now is the chance for you to give them your support. We are opening a book where HnH... Read more

BNP activist banned from party meeting

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 18 August 2010

A veteran British National Party activist has been ordered not to attend a party meeting in Barking and Dagenham on Thursday at which new arrangements for running London BNP and future plans will be announced. Bob Gertner, a former Croydon BNP organiser, received an email from Mark Walker of the BNP’s “political admin office” telling him that the special organisational... Read more

English Defence League march should be banned, say police chiefs

The Guardian by Matthew Taylor | Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Police chiefs have called on the home secretary, Theresa May to ban a march by the far right English Defence League (EDL) due to take place in Bradford later this month. West Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison said that because of the "understandable concerns of the community", police would be backing a campaign to ban the march that is due... Read more

BUST-ED Sexy ex-candidate claims that sleazy BNP boss lured her to hotel to trick her into bed

Sunday World by Steven Moore | Tuesday, 17 August 2010

THIS is the buxom blonde who’s trying to destroy Belfast-based BNP boss Jim Dowson. She’s 22-year-old lads mag favourite Shelley Rose and she claims married Dowson tried it on with her. The former BNP candidate has posted a truly shocking video on YouTube where she claims – in minute detail – how Dowson allegedly lured her to a hotel under... Read more

Scrutiny committee appointed to protect BNP treasurer

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Sunday, 15 August 2010

A national scrutiny committee has been appointed to examine the British National Party’s treasury department, according to a report of the party’s Advisory Council meeting on 14 August posted on the BNP website. The committee “has been tasked with examining the structure of the treasury department and making concrete moves to ensure that there is a clear division between... Read more

BNP leadership may have pocketed party bequests

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Saturday, 14 August 2010

Another British National Party councillor has resigned the party whip and will sit as an independent, as rumours surface of misappropriation by the party leadership of bequests to the party. Graham Partner, one of two BNP members elected to North West Leicestershire District Council in May 2007, supported Eddy Butler’s failed challenge to Nick Griffin’s leadership because the party... Read more

BNP owes half a million pounds

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Friday, 13 August 2010

Nick Griffin has admitted that the British National Party has liabilities of half a million pounds, or 25% of its claimed annual turnover. The revelation, made at a party meeting in Tameside, comes on the eve of a meeting of the party’s Advisory Council at which full details of the party’s financial state are supposed to be revealed. Whether... Read more

BNP attends international far-right conference in Japan

The Guardian by Leigh Phillips and Justin McCurry | Thursday, 12 August 2010

The British National Party is taking part in a week-long conference in Japan organised by Nippon Issuikai, an extreme-right group that denies Japanese wartime atrocities. Adam Walker, the BNP's staff manager, is in Tokyo along with 20 MEPs and members of the Alliance of European National Movements, the "europarty" that brings together far-right parties from across Europe. Walker arrived in Tokyo today... Read more

The people of Bradford have spoken

by By Marsha Singh MP | Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Later today a delegation from Bradford will go to the Home Office to hand in a petition, signed by over 10,000 local people, calling on the Home Secretary to ban the proposed English Defence League (EDL) march in our city at the end of the month. The EDL is a racist anti-Muslim organisation that is coming to Bradford with the sole... Read more

BNP leadership challenge fails

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Eddy Butler has failed to obtain enough nominations to challenge Nick Griffin for the leadership of the British National Party this year. After several weeks of campaigning he says he collected 500 signatures from activists and officers around the country on his own forms, which the party does not recognise. He would have needed the support of 840 party members... Read more

Griffin accused of fraud by former BNP legal officer

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The British National Party’s legal officer has resigned, citing a list of complaints including an allegation of potential fraud against the party leader Nick Griffin and his right-hand man, the convicted criminal Jim Dowson. His resignation comes on the last day for receipt of nominations for Eddy Butler’s leadership challenge against Griffin and follows suspensions of several of Butler’s... Read more

Home Secretary Theresa May to receive petition this week

Telegraph & Argus (Bradford) by Marc Meneaud | Monday, 9 August 2010

A petition backing calls to ban the English Defence League (EDL) from spreading hate in Bradford has been signed by more than 10,000 people. Residents in the district from all walks of life have sent a strong message to the group that they do not want them to hold a rally in the city on Saturday, August 28, say petition organisers. Supporters... Read more

Joseph Kahn obituary

The Guardian by Richard Baxell | Thursday, 5 August 2010

A dedicated anti-fascist, he fought in the Spanish civil war Joseph Kahn, who has died aged 94, was a magistrate, Labour councillor, Hackney mayor and one of the last surviving British volunteers for the International Brigades.In July 1936 a junta of generals launched a military coup against the democratically elected Republican government of Spain. When the coup was thwarted by loyalist... Read more

BNP officers ‘scared’ Griffin will purge them

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 4 August 2010

A former deputy chairman of the British National Party says that many party officers and staff members are “scared to say what they feel” because of the way Nick Griffin takes “every bit of criticism as a personal attack”. Scott McLean, a BNP member for 20 years, Scottish organiser from 1990 to 2007 and deputy chairman from 2002 to 2007,... Read more

BNP vote collapses

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Monday, 2 August 2010

The British National Party percentage vote nearly halved in the space of two months in a ward in Wolverhampton, thanks to 23 trade union volunteers who campaigned against the fascist party. In a five-way fight the BNP candidate, Stewart Gardner, took just 131 votes, amounting to 6.6% in a by-election on 29 July. Anti-fascists delivered a glossy local leaflet... Read more