BNP teacher ban ‘to be examined’

BBC News | Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Schools Secretary Ed Balls has ordered a study into whether members of organisations which "promote racism" should be banned from being teachers. He told the Labour conference he wanted to ensure there were sufficient "powers" available "to keep racism and BNP activity out of schools". The study will be done by former chief inspector of schools Maurice Smith. Earlier, British National Party leader... Read more

Violent racist runs Penrith BNP campaign

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Simon Cressy | Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The BNP likes to tell people that it is a mainstream political party, following the election in June of its leader Nick Griffin to the European Parliament. Griffin has recently unveiled his new office in Cumbria, which is to be used as a base for the North West region that he represents as an MEP. But, take a careful look at... Read more

The BNP way

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Tuesday, 29 September 2009

A brick through the window is a British way of showing displeasure according to the leader of the British National Party on Epping Forest District Council. Pat Richardson’s remark follows a BNP campaign aimed at stirring up hate between local communities. A BNP leaflet distributed over summer headed “No mosques in Loughton” claimed ridiculously: “In parts of neighbouring Redbridge and... Read more

SWANLEY: Residents say BNP councillor has 'done nothing' for the area

News Shopper by Michael Purton | Monday, 28 September 2009

A BNP councillor has done nothing for his ward since being elected, residents and councillors say. Paul Golding was voted in as councillor for the Swanley St Mary’s ward of Sevenoaks District Council in February after being the first ever British National Party member to stand in the area. At the time the 27-year-old said his success was down to a “professional... Read more

Straw joins debate alongside BNP

BBC News | Sunday, 27 September 2009

Justice Secretary Jack Straw has agreed to take part in a debate alongside the British National Party on the BBC's Question Time programme. Mr Straw told the BBC he would join a panel which will include BNP leader Nick Griffin, the Tories and Lib Dems, in London on 22 October. He said the BNP were defeated when Labour "fought them hard". Labour has... Read more

Bond of hate: The BNP and the British Freedom Fighters

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Simon Cressy | Saturday, 26 September 2009

The BNP has shunned the old image of the “boots and braces” skinhead, instead favouring cheap suits, old school shoes and tacky gold jewellery. Simon Cressy proves that the neo-nazi bootboys in the BNP haven’t gone away. When John Tyndall formed the British National Party in 1982 it inherited a large number of skinhead followers from both the National Front and... Read more

BNP councillor suspended for bringing council into disrepute

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Thursday, 24 September 2009

Richard Barnbrook, the BNP’s London Assembly member, has been suspended from Barking and Dagenham council for a month after being found guilty of bringing the council into disrepute by leaving incorrect information of a high profile nature on his blog for over four months. An independent investigation, which reported to a standards committee hearing on 24 September, had found that... Read more

Barnbrook faces Assembly ban without his 'unwell' legal rep

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Thursday, 24 September 2009

Richard Barnbrook, the BNP’s London Assembly member who is facing a possible six-month suspension, will not be assisted by his legal representative at his hearing this afternoon. Lee Barnes, who says he has been “voluntarily assisting Richard with this case” stated yesterday that he cannot attend City Hall because he is “not physically well enough”. In a long and rambling post on... Read more

Midlands BNP officers speak at German neo-nazi rally

Kirklees Unity by Kirklees Unity | Wednesday, 23 September 2009

A British National Party regional officer spoke at a nazi festival in east Germany earlier this month alongside violent fascists and extremists from several European countries. Mike Bell, secretary of the party’s West Midlands region, attended the Fest der Völker (Festival of Nations) in Pössneck, Thüringen, with three other BNP activists.They included Dave and Nina Brown from... Read more

Race-hate fears over new protest group

Oldham Chronicle by Richard Hooton | Tuesday, 22 September 2009

A GROUP branded as far-right fascists has formed in Oldham sparking fears of a return to racial clashes. The branch of the English Defence League — recently involved in violent disorder in Birmingham — has been set up by a football hooligan involved in the 2001 Oldham race riots, and already has 50 members. Equality campaigners fear their emergence could... Read more

Police cite riot fears to delay case against BNP teacher Adam Walker

The Times by Joanna Sugden | Monday, 21 September 2009

case against a teacher and British National Party member accused of religious intolerance has been postponed because police fear it will cause flare-ups in the community. The unprecedented intervention in the case of Adam Walker, a former soldier and karate expert from Durham, who was due to face the General Teaching Council (GTC) in Birmingham tomorrow, was made because of... Read more

Violent protest fears over new mosque plan

Wales on Sunday by Tim Lewis | Sunday, 20 September 2009

MUSLIM groups have called on the police to act quickly to prevent violent clashes after the anti-Islam English Defence League announced plans to march on a Welsh city in protest at a new mosque. Members of the group are planning to protest against the conversion of a disused church building into the new mosque in Newport. Demonstrations by the same groups in... Read more

BNP attacks minority group

Dumfries Standard by Craig Robertson | Thursday, 17 September 2009

THE BRITISH National Party, has launched a scathing attack on an organisation set up to support the region’s [Dumfries and Galloway] ethnic minorities. The extremist right wing party claims to have “exposed” the council for allocating £222,000 to Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association (DGMA). And the BNP’s local organiser, Ian Murphy, branded the people DGMA support as “alien minorities” and said they... Read more

Not in my name five minute silent vigil

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Cathy Pound | Monday, 14 September 2009

Today, TUC delegates ended the opening session of Congress with a five minute silent vigil on the steps of the ECHO Convention Centre facing Albert Docks in Liverpool. Brendan Barber, the TUC General Secretary, called on delegates to use the five minutes not only to reflect on the vicitms of racism, such as Anthony Walker, whose mother Gee Walker had... Read more

Unions call for BNP ban for public sector workers | Monday, 14 September 2009

Union leaders called today for a ban on BNP members working in public services and called for a huge campaign to counter the threat of fascism. The TUC Congress said urgent talks should be held with the Government about extending the current ban on BNP members working in the police and Prison Service. BNP membership was "incompatible" with jobs in teaching, the... Read more

BNP supporter's ban from street after racist slur

Cambridge News by Jo Deeks | Monday, 14 September 2009

A 60-YEAR-OLD man declared himself to be "BNP and proud" after subjecting neighbours to racist abuse. John Chappell told a Cambridge-born man with Caribbean origins to "go back where he came from", a court heard. The attack occured in Newmarket after the man was asked if he had been delivering British National Party (BNP) leaflets. When neighbours leapt to the defence of victim... Read more

Comment is free Read Stieg Larsson, the bestselling socialist militant

The Observer by Nick Cohen | Sunday, 13 September 2009

Graeme Atkinson provides an essential political service as the foreign editor of the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight. However necessary his work is, he never expected that he or any of his colleagues who dedicate their lives to the painstaking and occasionally dangerous task of exposing neo-Nazism would become celebrities. The global fame of... Read more

Show up BNP ignorance

Wales on Sunday by Matt Withers | Sunday, 13 September 2009

PETER Hain’s announcement last week that he was boycotting Question Time in protest at the BBC’s decision to invite British National Party leader Nick Griffin on the show was passionate, hot-headed – and wrong. “I was horrified when I heard about this, because it makes them appear as if they are another political party sitting on a panel along with democratically-elected... Read more

Family evicted 'for racial abuse'

BBC | Friday, 11 September 2009

An Edinburgh family has been evicted from their home following claims that they had racially abused their neighbours over a period of years. Sarah Hutton, 36, and her five children were forced to move from their home in Wardieburn on Thursday after being accused of harassing other residents. It is one of the first evictions on the basis of... Read more

British Legion accepts BNP gift

BBC News by Ray Furlong | Friday, 11 September 2009

The Royal British Legion has accepted a donation from a member of the British National Party, after earlier this year seeking to distance itself from the party with a full-page advert in the national press. The donation illustrates a dilemma faced by a number of ex-servicemen's charities which have been approached by the BNP. The money was raised by a BNP member... Read more

Burnley BNP councillor cleared by standards board

Lancashire Telegraph | Thursday, 10 September 2009

A BURNLEY councillor has been cleared by a standards board inquiry after a flare-up at a town hall meeting. Coun Derek Dawson, a British National Party representative for Gannow ward, was accused of behaving ‘aggressively and unpleasantly’ towards two members of the public during and after the gathering. But after consideration by Burnley council’s monitoring officer, it has been decided that Coun... Read more

BNP may be barred from school governing bodies

The Guardian by Jessica Shepherd | Wednesday, 9 September 2009

British National party councillors could be barred from serving as school governors if a landmark case planned by a teaching union goes ahead. The Nasuwt union, which represents a quarter of a million teachers, is poised to spend up to £20,000 on a judicial review if BNP councillors are elected on to school governing bodies. In judicial reviews, a judge considers the... Read more

Mother at centre of controversial BNP video jailed

News Shopper by Michael Purton | Wednesday, 9 September 2009

A MOTHER of three who was at the centre of a controversial BNP video has been jailed. Helen Forster, of Park Place, Gravesend, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to 11 months in prison for perverting the course of justice and common assault. The 32-year-old admitted both charges, which related to an incident in Fort Gardens, Gravesend, on May 23. She was given... Read more

BNP to look into member's arrest

The Sentinel | Wednesday, 9 September 2009

THE British National Party is to review the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a prominent member. BNP city councillor Steve Batkin", pictured, has been arrested by police investigating a report of domestic violence. Mr Batkin, who is not married, was arrested on Friday night at an undisclosed address in the city and questioned before being released without charge. Mr Batkin, aged 50, of... Read more

Neo-Nazi jailed over terror plot

BBC News | Tuesday, 8 September 2009

A white supremacist found guilty of planning a racist terror campaign involving home-made bombs has been given an indeterminate sentence. An Old Bailey judge said Neil Lewington, 43, from Reading, must serve at least six years in jail. He was convicted in July of having explosives with intent to endanger life and preparing for acts of terrorism. The trial heard Lewington, who was... Read more

Question Time's BNP opportunity

The Guardian by Hugh Muir | Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Hands up, who really wants to see Nick Griffin being feted on the platform of Question Time? Not me for one. I think it is a shame that our society should hand a megaphone to someone whose philosophies are so injurious to it. Many others feel the same. But we... Read more

Fire bosses set out anti-racist stance

Edinburgh Evening News | Monday, 7 September 2009

FIRE bosses in the Lothians have insisted they will use "the full extent" of their powers to deal with any employee who promotes the ideology of racist groups. Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service issued a statement on its race policy after fire boards elsewhere in the UK said they would dismiss any staff found to be British National... Read more

BNP gets a slot on BBC's Question Time

The Sunday Times by Marie Woolf | Sunday, 6 September 2009

THE BBC has provoked controversy by giving the British National party a platform for the first time on Question Time, its top current affairs programme. Nick Griffin, the BNP leader who was elected to the European parliament in June, is expected to be on the show in October. The corporation has decided that the far-right party deserves more airtime because it... Read more

Northern Ireland at risk of a 'race war', anti-fascist campaigner warns police

The Observer by Henry McDonald | Sunday, 6 September 2009

A former National Front member turned anti-fascist campaigner has warned police officers that Northern Ireland faces a race war in place of the Troubles unless racism is confronted now. The warning was issued during the first training programme for PSNI officers on the nature and make-up of British neo-Nazi groups. Matthew Collins from the anti-fascist magazine ... Read more

Veterans charity dilemma over BNP cash

The Times by Charlene Sweeney | Friday, 4 September 2009

An acclaimed Scottish charity for veterans is facing the dilemma of accepting a donation from the British National Party or closing its doors within weeks because of a lack of funds. FEBA — a military term Forward Edge of Battle Area — based in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, was founded six years ago by Tommy Moffat, a former soldier with the... Read more

British National Party forced to admit non-whites

The Times by Fiona Hamilton | Friday, 4 September 2009

The British National Party is poised to give up its whites-only membership policy after a legal challenge accusing it of racial discrimination. Nick Griffin, leader of the far-right party, indicated yesterday that the BNP would accept members of different ethnicities for the first time, blaming Britain’s “undemocratic Orwellian equality laws”. In a statement published on the BNP’s website, Mr Griffin said that... Read more

BNP 'higher order' defence fails

BBC News | Wednesday, 2 September 2009

A BNP politician who claimed a drink driving charge was a conspiracy by a "higher order" has been found guilty of failing to provide a breath specimen. Robert Bailey, 43, a BNP candidate in the last European election, was caught on 28 May in his home town of Chadwell Heath, in east London. He claimed the stop was part of a grand... Read more

BNP members told to 'hide' support for the party

Sunderland Echo | Wednesday, 2 September 2009

British National Party members have been accused of being ashamed of themselves after their leader told them to hide their support for the controversial group. In an email, party chairman Nick Griffin told them to "try and avoid" owning up to being BNP supporters when writing to complain about the treatment of a Wearside teacher. An emailed newsletter, entitled "Adam Walker needs... Read more

BNP member pleads guilty to making Nazi salute in Codnor | Wednesday, 2 September 2009

A BNP member has been fined for giving a Nazi salute during clashes with protesters marching against the party's annual Red, White and Blue festival. John Jones was one of a small group who argued with anti-fascist campaigners as they moved along Codnor-Denby Lane, Denby. Police told Jones, 66, to leave the scene but as he did so he made the gesture. The... Read more

BNP frustrated in East Lancashire office bid

Lancashire Telegraph | Wednesday, 2 September 2009

THE British National Party is being frustrated in its attempts to find a base in East Lancashire, according to its leader. Nick Griffin claimed the far-right party had been on the verge of sealing deals for 20 premises across the North West but landlords had pulled the plug at the last minute. A local campaigner tasked with finding an East Lancashire headquarters... Read more