Monday, 24 August 2009

BNP face legal action over membership rules

From the Daily Telegraph:

The Equality and Human Rights Commission are taking legal action against the British National Party over concerns about its admissions policy.

BNP Party Leader Nick Griffin Photo: PA

The Equality and Human Rights Commission today began legal action against the British National Party over concerns about ethnic restrictions of its membership.

The Commission issued county court proceedings against the party after voicing concerns in June about the BNP's constitution and membership criteria.

The BNP responded by saying that it intended to clarify the word ''white'' on its website, but the Commission said it believed the party will continue to discriminate against potential or actual members on racial grounds.

''The BNP's membership criteria appear to restrict membership to those within what the BNP regards as particular ''ethnic groups'' and those whose skin colour is white. This exclusion is contrary to the Race Relations Act.

''The Commission believes the BNP's constitution and membership criteria are discriminatory and, further, that the continued publication of them on the BNP website is unlawful. It has therefore issued county court proceedings against party leader Nick Griffin and two other officials,'' said the Commission in a statement.

John Wadham, group director, Legal at the Equality and Human Rights Commission said: ''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.''


  1. Great. When will they be taking action against these groups too:

    The Black Police association
    Black people’s mental health association
    Black and Asian therapists online
    National BME mental health network
    Federation of Black housing organizations
    The Black Londoners forum
    Positive action in Housing,Asian modelling service
    Society of Black lawyers,London
    Society of Asian lawyers,London
    Ethnic media Group
    Al-Nisa Muslim Women’s Group
    Al-Nur Muslim Women’s Association
    Antrim Chinese Community Association
    Barnardos Chinese Lay Health Project
    Chinese Welfare Association
    The Windsor Fellowship
    Sponsors for Educational opportunity,(SEO)London
    Link Net Mentoring
    Suga fix media arts
    Sussex Black police Association
    The National Black Writers and Artist Association
    Black students Association
    UK Black teachers Association
    Black UK online
    Ashiana Housing Association Ltd.
    UK Asian business directory
    Asian People’s Disability alliance
    Asian arts agency
    Black Enterprise awards
    AIM magazine
    Natwest Bank (Asian Entrepreneurs Unit)
    Asian Voice
    Black womens rape action Project,BWRAP,London
    The Drum,African,asian arts venue,Birmingham
    Black training and enterprise group
    UK Black Pride
    Ethnic Minority Foundation,London
    Oshwal Elderly Welfare Association,Surrey
    Ethnic Minority and Black Regional Action for Community Empowerment (EMBRACE),Birmingham
    MENTER,Regional network for Black / Minority Ethnic (BME) voluntary organisations
    Black and Minority Ethnic Elders Group,Scotland
    Latin American elderly project,London
    Latin American golden years day centre
    Naz project London,Sexual health & AIDS prevention(NPL)
    The Black Fundraisers Network,London
    Black Arts Alliance,Manchester
    Southall Black sisters,Middlesex
    Black student union
    Dudley Black regeneration council
    Black Professional events,events planners
    Black Health Agency,Manchester
    National Association for the advancement of Black people,
    African Caribbean Development agency (ACDA)
    African caribbean education and training services (ACETS)
    Amaani Tallawah mental health support services,Nottingham
    APNA arts,Nottingham
    Asian day centre,Nottingham
    Broxtowe African Caribbean Elders group
    BUILD Nottingham Mentor project
    Calabash supplementory school
    Afrik-African International Network,Nottingham
    Asian mens group
    Somerset Black development agency (SBDA)
    Black families education support group,Bath & somerset

  2. I see that this list is being circulated as a 'set response' to the EHRC charges against the BNP.
    Have a look again at the list. They are all support groups. Not one is a political party seeking power over all citizens.
    A political party has no business being racist, but should represent the interests of all British citizens, whatever their ethnic origin or skin colour.