BNP big loser in British election

LONDON, May 8 (UPI) -- The right-wing British National Party lost 22 of its 34 council seats in the election, officials say.

Marmite fights far-right party ad

LONDON, April 22 (UPI) -- The manufacturer of food spread Marmite is taking legal action against the far-right British National Party for using a jar of the product in an ad.

Judge: BNP still likely racist

LONDON, March 12 (UPI) -- The British National Party is still likely to discriminate on racial grounds, a judge ruled Friday, barring the group from accepting new members.

Poll: 'Peter Griffin' heads British party

LONDON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A British poll suggests one-third of adults in the country confuse the leader of the British National Party with the protagonist from TV's "Family Guy."

Whites-only party to vote on minorities

LONDON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The ultra-rightist British National Party will hold a vote on an amendment to its constitution allowing minorities to join its ranks, its leader says.

Geneticist calls BNP views racist

LONDON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A scientist who has studied the genetic origins of residents of the British Isles said Friday a nationalist politician misinterpreted his research.

British politician says he's not a Nazi

LONDON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The leader of the controversial British National Party says he is not a Nazi and believes Winston Churchill would be a supporter of the BNP if he were alive.

BNP leader: Party must admit non-whites

LONDON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Britain's "undemocratic Orwellian equality laws" have forced the British National Party to give up its whites-only membership policy, its leader said Thursday.

British whites-only party under scrutiny

LONDON, June 24 (UPI) -- The British National Party's whites-only policy violates the law, a national commission warned.

Far-right party member names posted

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The leader of the far-right British National Party says extremists within his group were responsible for leaking members' names onto the Internet.

Protesters disrupt Oxford Union forum

OXFORD, England, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Protesters in Britain disrupted a forum at the Oxford Union featuring a far-right politician and a historian who calls the Holocaust a myth.

Protests greet Oxford Holocaust denier

OXFORD, England, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Oxford University's scheduled debate between a convicted Holocaust denier and an ultra-right politician drew hundreds of protesters in England Monday.

Holocaust denier may speak at Oxford Union

OXFORD, England, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The head of the Oxford Union, Britain's best-known debating society, has invited a Holocaust denier and a British nationalist leader to speak.

Report: Britain to toughen anti-hate laws

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The British government is reportedly working on new laws to clamp down on race-baiting in the wake of the acquittal of a leader of the British National Party.

Race troubles British political party

LONDON, April 8 (UPI) -- The British National Party faces a revolt over selecting the grandson of an asylum-seeker to stand for a Bradford ward in next month's local elections.
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Nick Griffin

Nicholas John "Nick" Griffin (born 1 March 1959) is a British politician, chairman of the British National Party (BNP) and Member of the European Parliament for North West England.

Griffin was born in Barnet, and was educated in Suffolk. He joined the National Front at the age of fifteen, and became a political worker for the party following his graduation from Cambridge University. In 1980 he became a member of its governing body, and later wrote articles for several right-wing magazines. He was the National Front's candidate for the seat of Croydon North West in 1981 and 1983 before leaving in 1989. In 1995, he joined the BNP, and in 1999 became its leader. He stood as the party's candidate in several elections, and was elected as a member of the European Parliament for North West England in the 2009 European Elections.

In 1998 Griffin was convicted of distributing material likely to incite racial hatred, for which he received a suspended prison sentence, whilst in 2005 he was acquitted of separate charges of inciting racial hatred. He has been criticised for many of his comments on political, social, ethical, and religious matters, though since becoming leader of the BNP he has sought to distance himself from some of his previously-held positions, which include Holocaust denial. In recent years, where Griffin has been invited to participate in public debates or political discussions, the events have proven controversial, and have often resulted in protests and cancellations.

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