Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Do the BNP face legal action?

It has been reported today that the BNP may face a legal challenge from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Its legal director, John Wadham, had this to say:

"The legal advice we have received indicates that the British National party's constitution and membership criteria, employment practices and provision of services to constituents and the public may breach discrimination laws which all political parties are legally obliged to uphold".

You can see the full letter sent to Nick Griffin here.

It is believed that this is the first time action on race discrimination has been taken against a political party. I'm not a lawyer, but it seems to me that the EHRC have got a strong case, and, needless to say, if successful this could have big consequences for the BNP.

The letter gives the BNP until the 20th July to respond.

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