Monday, August 24, 2009

BNP faces legal action over membership and constitution

The British National Party will face legal action under race relations laws after its ruling constitution was described as a form of "apartheid".

County court proceedings have been brought over criteria set out on the BNP website restricting membership to applicants described as coming from “particular ethnic groups” and those whose skin colour is “white”.

The BNP’s constitution was also said to be discriminatory, and its publication online, along with the membership requirements, was therefore said to be illegal under the terms of the Race Relations Act.

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BNP ordered to accept ethnic minority members Nick Griffin, the party leader, and two other officials have been summoned to appear before the court on September 2.

Harriet Harman, the Equalities Minster, welcomed the move, saying: "No party should be allowed to have an apartheid constitution in 21st Century Britain.”

Proceedings were issued after the Equality and Human Rights Commission wrote to the BNP in June demanding it took action in four areas, including employment practices and the treatment of ethnic minority constituents, as well as its membership and constitution.

The first two demands have now been dropped, after the BNP, which won two seats in the European Parliament earlier this year, signed an undertaking promising to treat all constituents equally regardless of race.

In addition, the party agreed to drop a requirement for job applicants to be BNP members, which the Commission said effectively restricted employees to white people and those from ethnic groups deemed acceptable to the party.

After receiving the letter, the BNP also offered to clarify the word “white” in the context of its membership criteria and constitution, but refused to otherwise change its rules.

The Commission, which issued the proceedings, said that as a result it believed that the BNP would continue to discriminate against potential members on the grounds of their race.

John Wadham, Group Director, Legal at the Commission added: “The BNP has said that it is not willing to amend its membership criteria which we believe are discriminatory and unlawful.

“The Commission has a statutory duty to use our regulatory powers to enforce compliance with the law, so we have today issued county court proceedings against the BNP.

“However, the party still has an opportunity to resolve this quickly by giving the undertaking on its membership criteria that the Commission requires.”

A spokesman for the BNP said that Mr Griffin had been due to attend a committee hearing of the European Parliament on the court date – and that a fuller statement would be issued later.


Anonymous said...

I wonder if Griffin is due for a committee meeting in Brussels on 2nd September, I thought MEP's had about 2 months over summer time?

Anonymous said...

Listen to Griffin on Russia Today TV giving an interview at the R,W&B. "We are the only genuine Nationalists" what a joke! "When Russia's oil and
gas runs out they will need us." They have reserves for at least 200 years stupid! " We want our troops out of Iraq." They left month ago idiot. " NF are a supposed nationalist group and state run and nothing like the NF I was chairman of back in the 1980's" get off your high horse conspiracy theorist, you destroyed it when you were leader! "When I was attacked recently, two disabled regional officers helped me." What were they retards? Interesting to see Griffin was sitting in the skittle alley while being interviewed, it's a pity nobody roll a ball down to knock him of his perch!

Anonymous said...

Griffin won't fight this he wanted non-whites in 5 years ago.

Isn't Abdul Gawad a non-white BNP member anyway ?

Henry said...

Anonymous@ 20:19,

Thinks for that RT link to the Griffin interview.

I see Griffin is scapegoating the Muslims again, but as usual these days,'currying' favour with the Sikh and Hindus amongst us.

Perhaps BNP members like Chris Hill (Lancaster) who think MR. Gupta the Hindu, might make a "jolly" good next door neighbour unlike that nasty Muslim, Mr. Khan, had better have a read of this and learn to sleep with one eye open, when those 'jolly' nice Hindus move in next door.

If Israel ever sees something it wants in India, then in less time than it takes for Nick Griffin to spread French mustard down Martin Webster's sausage, we'll all be killing Hindus, as cow worshipping infanticidists, trying to overthrow Western civilization as we know it.

Anonymous said...

Why does DARBY hold all the Key Position in the BNP. Something STINKS of FRAUD.

Anonymous said...

Two methods of defence Nick could use, but probably won't.

1) Invoke his European Parliamentary immunity.

2) Point ot that other Nationalist parties have similar rules and by not summonsing them they are launching an ad hominem attack on him

Anonymous said...

I heard Lee Barnes ranting & raving on the BBC radio news last night, don't tell me Griffin is using him to represent the party in court on the 2nd of September? Griffin won't be there as he has more important business in Brussels, ie his £250 signing on attendance fee, this man is unreal, he should be in court defending the party. Why doesn't he employ the service of a qualified lawyer in this very important case, this is absolute madness.

Anonymous said...

FRom News of the World :

And in the "political tent", party chairman and MEP Nick Griffin, 50, was setting out how his party would deal with proposed anti-discrimination laws forcing the BNP to change its whites-only membership policy.

He said: "Since if we want to survive we will be forced to let them in, the key will be before we do so to change the party - to ensure that whoever's coming in doesn't have any control."

Anonymous said...

If things go wrong for the party in the county court next month Gri££in can distance himself from it all by saying he was in Brussels and didn't know what was going on during the legal proceedings? He can blame it all on Barnes?

Anonymous said...

The photo of Griffin in this BBC report tells it all?

Anonymous said...

This horrendous Bill going through parliament draughted by the enemies of the White Race should be studied very, very carefully by Griffin & Barnes, it will be made law in 2010.

'The Equality Bill and other action to make equality a reality April 2009

by the Rt Hon. Harriet Harman QC MP Minister for Women and Equality

Equality achievements

We are proud of our strong legal framework, and our record on fighting discrimination and against inequality. Over the last 40 years we have introduced laws both to create and respond to change in society and to promote civil rights and equality.

From the first Race Relations Acts back in the 1960s to the important steps towards equality for women in the Equal Pay and Sex Discrimination Acts in the 1970s. From strengthening rights for disabled people in the 1990s to the introduction of civil partnerships in 2004, the Government has led the way.

Britain is now a fairer and more confident nation because our commitment to greater equality has been at the heart of public policy.

While a combination of laws and wider action has brought us a long way over the past 40 years, inequality and discrimination persist today.That is why we are introducing a new Equality Bill.'

Anonymous said...

Concerning this new Equality Bill which will be made law next year, the Jewess Melanie Phillips wrote an interesting piece below, obviously she wrote from a Christian societies prospective, but she is really worried about how it could affect the Jews, i.e. employing non-Jews in Kosher restaurants or schools etc. It will be interesting watching this debate in Parliament, it could be the Labour party's parting shot before the General Election to help destroy us?

Rights for Northerners. A PC honours list. What have we done to deserve Harriet Harperson and her equality maniacs?

Read more:

Anonymous said...

BNP faces prosection over donations record failure

Anonymous said...

I see Brian Mahony fucked up big time with the south wales postmaster refusing to send troops parcel to Afganistan story. What a prick!

Anonymous said...

SIX JOB DARBY, as fucked up. Since taking over the treasury he has fucked the bnp accounts up and is try to cover is back.

Peter Wardle, Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission said:
“We have not yet received a donation return for this quarter from the British National Party. This comes on top of their failure to deliver their latest annual statement of accounts to the Commission. This is unacceptable and the party will be issued with fines for both reporting failures. We will also be assessing the systems they have in place to ensure compliance with the law.”

Darby the usless piece of SHIT.

Anonymous said...

'it's just a fake make no mistake,

a rip off for you and a roll's for

him'. (griffin) jimmy pursey may be a forgotten name. but don't you agree it sums up griffin?

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