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Leading BNP member quits Cumbria party

News and Star by Julian Whittle | Monday, 30 November 2009

One of the leading lights in the British National Party in Cumbria has quit saying he is 'sick of defending them.'Alistair Barbour, 44, of Southwaite, was expected to be the BNP’s General Election candidate in Carlisle.He says he has become disillusioned with party politics and says he may stand as more...


Trade union demo celebrates diversity for St Andrew's

Morning Star by Malcolm Burns | Monday, 30 November 2009

Anti-fascists marched through the centre of Glasgow in large numbers on Saturday to celebrate Scotland's diverse and multiracial cultures in the traditional St Andrew's Day march and rally. The march set off from St Andrew's in the Square, off Saltmarket, for a rally at the Glasgow Film Theatre more...


BNP leader Nick Griffin to represent Europe at climate talks

Mail on Sunday by Kirsty Walker | Sunday, 29 November 2009

BNP leader Nick Griffin sparked outrage today after it emerged that he is to represent the European parliament at next week's climate change summit in Copenhagen.Mr Griffin has vowed to use his place on the delegation to expose the 'somewhat dodgy' science behind the climate change movement.The far-right leader is more...


UKIP leader's insurance company at heart of Costa Rica bribe claims

The Observer by David Leigh and Rob Evans | Sunday, 29 November 2009

The insurance business that made the fortune of the new leader of the UK Independence party (Ukip) is embroiled in an international bribery scandal that could lead to criminal charges in the UK, according to documents obtained by the Observer. A detailed indictment served in Costa Rica this month alleges that more...


Five-star treat for BNP and you pay

Daily Mirror by Tom Parry | Saturday, 28 November 2009

Taxpayers will foot the bill for BNP leader Nick Griffin to enjoy a week of five-star treatment at the Copenhagen climate change summit.Griffin, elected to the European Parliament on the back of the MPs expenses scandal, is one of just three British MEPs attending in an official capacity.As an MEP more...


Kirklees BNP member admits to terrorism charges

HOPE not hate / Searchlight | Friday, 27 November 2009

A member of the British National Party is facing a long spell in prison after admitting to keeping an arsenal of homemade weapons at his home. Terence Gavan, 38, made and stockpiled 54 nail and ball-bearing bombs between May 1999 and May this year. He also manufactured more...


STUC publishes ‘Sectarianism and the Workplace’ Report

STUC | Thursday, 26 November 2009

Speaking as the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) published the report ‘Sectarianism and the Workplace’, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: “The STUC believes this report is a significant contribution to the ongoing debate about sectarianism in Scotland. It is very disappointing, if not wholly surprising, that the researchers found more...


HOPE not hate leaflets help defeat BNP

HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Monday, 23 November 2009

A HOPE not hate weekend of action helped ensure a derisory result for a BNP candidate at a local election last week. Dave Owen, who was contesting a Doncaster council by-election in Rossington ward on 19 November, received only 101 votes, coming fifth with 4.3%. Local Methodists, supported by more...


The £143,000 bill to protect BNP leader on Question Time

London Evening Standard by Benedict Moore-Bridger | Monday, 23 November 2009

Taxpayers have been handed a £143,000 bill for protecting BNP leader Nick Griffin during his appearance on Question Time, it emerged today.Critics are calling for the BBC to pay for the cost of police keeping the right-wing leader safe when anti-fascist groups protested outside the corporation's studios in White City, more...


Violence as Nick Griffin attends rally in Spain

The Sunday Telegraph by Fiona Govan | Sunday, 22 November 2009

The MEP and British National Party leader was a special guest at the meeting held by the Spanish far-Right National Democracy Party at a central Madrid hotel on Saturday.Spanish police detained 28 people when a riot started between youth members of the rival ultra-right Patriotic Socialist Movement after they were more...


BNP set to sign first non-white member (he's an anti-Islamic Sikh who once gave a character reference for Nick Griffin)

Daily Mail | Friday, 20 November 2009

An elderly Sikh who blames Muslims for the death of his father is set to become the British National Party's first non-white member.Rajinder Singh, an anti-Islamic activist who describes the religion as a 'beast', has lent his support to the far-right party for the last decade even though he currently more...


Bishop of Leicester attacks BNP intolerance

Melton Times by Ben Truslove | Friday, 20 November 2009

The Bishop of Leicester has attacked the BNP's intolerance after a party member claimed he was bullied by the Church.David North said he was pressured into stepping down as a churchwarden at St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Frisby when his membership of the right-wing party came to light.The Diocese more...


BNP leader sets sights on Barking

UKPA | Thursday, 19 November 2009

BNP leader Nick Griffin has kicked off his campaign to become an MP with a walkabout in east London.Mr Griffin, who is challenging government minister, Margaret Hodge in Barking at the next general election, handed out flyers and chatted to locals out shopping.He was greeted with honks of support from more...


BNP councillor to run for MP

Thurrock Gazette | Thursday, 19 November 2009

TILBURY’S BNP councillor Emma Colgate will contest the Thurrock seat at the next General Election. Party leader Nick Griffin made the announcement during a visit to Grays today.Its is the second time in under a month that the far right party has descended on the town.Mr Griffin revealed that he more...


BNP barred from holding meetings at Moonrakers

Swindon Advertiser | Thursday, 19 November 2009

THE British National Party has been forced out of its regular meeting place after the licensees of a Swindon pub realised they had been taking private bookings from the extremist group for more than four years.Landlords Nick and Debbie Sharpe, who have run the Moonrakers in Cricklade Road, since 2005, more...


BNP launches general election campaign with a lie

Searchlight / HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Sunday, 15 November 2009

Nick Griffin, the British National Party leader, revealed today that he would be contesting the Barking constituency, east London, in the next general election. He made his announcement in front of television cameras on the last day of his party’s annual conference in Wigan, Greater Manchester, over the weekend more...


Top clubs ban Welsh BNP goods

Wales on Sunday | Sunday, 15 November 2009

A LEADING member of the BNP in Wales has been forced to withdraw ‘racist’ football merchandise following threats from top Premier League sides.Roger Phillips, the BNP’s deputy organiser for West Wales, is the director of the online operation Patriot Products.Launched at the BNP’s Red, White and Blue rally in August, more...


Clashes after rival city marches

BBC News | Saturday, 14 November 2009

Two rival marches in Glasgow have led to a number of skirmishes in the city.About 1,500 anti-racism protesters marched through the city under the banner Scotland United, in opposition to the Scottish Defence League (SDL).The SDL - an offshoot of the English Defence League - had been attempting to hold more...


Defiant Nick Griffin rallies BNP at conference despite new wave of problems

The Times by Martin Fletcher | Saturday, 14 November 2009

It has, on the face of it, been a dire few weeks for the British National Party, which holds its annual conference in a “facility” near Wigan this weekend — to thwart protesters the venue was still secret yesterday.The BNP lost its deposit in the Glasgow North East by-election on more...


‘Campaign of racial hate’

Jersey Evening Post | Friday, 13 November 2009

TWO Jersey neo-Nazis planned to distribute ‘propaganda of hate’ throughout Britain by selling CDs featuring anti-semitic songs, a court in London heard yesterday.St Helier-based tattooist Jon Denny-Mallen (40) and William Browning (39), a former Les Quennevais School pupil and former Combat 18 leader who now lives in London, are accused more...


Glasgow preparing for far-right rally as fears grow of Scottish rise of neo-nazis

The Guardian by Severin Carrell | Friday, 13 November 2009

Police in Glasgow are preparing for angry confrontations tomorrow between anti-racist campaigners and supporters of the far-right English Defence League as fears grow of a rise in activity by Scottish fascist groups.Tensions over the activities of racist and neo-nazi organisations have surged after the British National party won its best more...


BNP jeered after coming fourth

STV News | Friday, 13 November 2009

Candidates and the majority of the assembled audience jeered and walked out as the BNP's candidate made his speech after finishing in fourth place.Despite failing to retain the deposit at the Glasgow North East by-election after receiving only 1,013 votes, Charlie Baillie insisted his party had shown it was a more...


Far-right alliance fails to get EU parliament cash

EU Observer by Leigh Phillips | Thursday, 12 November 2009

The European Alliance of National Movements, the coalition of far-right parties formed last month in Budapest, has failed in its an attempt to get its hands on European Parliament cash, as the jumble of reactionary rightists did not manage to file the application on time. The alliance, which more...


Group protests against BNP

Warrington Guardian by Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 11 November 2009

THE Warrington arm of anti-facsist group Hope Not Hate took to the streets to leaflet against the British National Party on Remembrance Sunday.It was the first time the newly formed group had been out canvassing against the BNP.On Sunday they handed out literature against the BNP in Bewsey and over more...


MEP jailed over expenses fiddle

BBC by . | Wednesday, 11 November 2009

A former British MEP who admitted fiddling £39,000 worth of expenses has been jailed for two years. Tom Wise, 61, from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, initially denied false accounting and money laundering during the case at Southwark Crown Court But the former MEP for the East, who was thrown out of the more...


BNP farmer faces weapons and explosives charges

Evening Star by Russell Claydon | Tuesday, 10 November 2009

A BRITISH National Party activist and Suffolk farmer has appeared in court this morning charged with a number of explosives and firearms offences.David Lucas of South Road, Lakenheath stood before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds this morning facing seven counts relating to the possession of explosives and firearms.The Lakenheath parish more...


BNP leader Nick Griffin joins crowds as coffins return from Afghanistan

The Times by Valentine Low | Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Nick Griffin, the leader of the BNP, was present in Wootton Bassett high street today as the coffins of six soldiers passed through the town after their repatriation from Afghanistan.Wearing a black coat adorned with a poppy, the MEP stood with a minder opposite family and friends of the fallen more...


Redbridge joins weekend of action

HOPE not hate by Sonia Gable | Sunday, 8 November 2009

HOPE not hate activists from the Redbridge and Epping Forest Together group marked Remembrance Sunday by gathering at the memorial to Leon Greenman, the British Holocaust survivor, in Valentines Park, Ilford. After two minutes’ silence at 11am, Bob Archer, President of Redbridge National Union of Teachers, spoke about Leon’s life’s more...


Schoolboy confronts Griffin at memorial

Independent by Chris Green and Tom Peck | Saturday, 7 November 2009

BNP leader argues with a 13-year-old at WWI monument to Indian troopsNick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, has paid a secret visit to a First World War memorial in Belgium - only to become embroiled in an angry confrontation with a 13-year-old schoolboy, The Independent has learnt.On more...


Fears BNP could come third in Glasgow North East

The Times by Angus Macleod | Friday, 6 November 2009

The mainstream political parties are increasingly worried that British National Party could achieve a political breakthrough in Scotland in next week’s byelection.Some privately believe that the BNP stands a chance of winning third place in Glasgow North East, ahead of the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, or, at best, save more...


Sellafield workers support decision to bar BNP leader

HOPE not hate / Searchlight by Sonia Gable | Thursday, 5 November 2009

The BNP has claimed that workers at Sellafield nuclear power station would welcome a visit from Nick Griffin, leader of the BNP. This is a lie, as the following joint statement from the GMB and Prospect at Sellafield explains."We fully support the decision of the Sellafield management team not more...


Kirklees BNP councillor attacks Nick Griffin

Kirklees Unity | Thursday, 5 November 2009

The Dewsbury and District Press newspaper last week reported an extraordinary verbal attack by Roger Roberts on the BNP leader Nick Griffin.Roberts, the lone BNP representative on Kirklees Council was interviewed regarding Griffin's shambolic appearance on the BBC's Question Time.Roberts who quit the Conservative party after 40 years said of more...


A “premature antifascist” - and proudly so

http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat/488311/a_premature_antifascist_and_proudly_so by John Nichols | Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Clarence Kailin, a son of the Midwest whose lifelong commitment to social and economic justice led him to become one of the first Americans to take up arms against the fascist forces that swept across Europe in the years before World War II, has died at age 95.Kailin was one more...


Man cleared of BNP racial abuse

BBC News | Wednesday, 4 November 2009

A man accused of racially abusing British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin has been cleared.A jury at Preston Crown Court took just 45 minutes to find Tauriq Khalid not guilty of using racially abusive threatening behaviour.The 23-year-old was accused of shouting derisory comments at Mr Griffin and fellow BNP more...


Police hoping BNP will move festival away from village

This is Derbyshire | Tuesday, 3 November 2009

DERBYSHIRE police say they hope the British National Party will confirm an alternative venue for its annual Red, White and Blue festival.Speaking after a meeting last night, Superintendent Howard Veigas said the event, held for the past three years in Denby, led to "the same community suffering year after year" more...