BNP goes to court to defend white membership

The British National party (BNP) will be in court today justifying its whites-only membership policy.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission issued county court proceedings against the party last week in respect of its constitution and membership criteria.

The equalities commissioner is seeking an injunction against the party.

John Wadham, legal group director at the 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.”

The action is the climax of a process which began in June, when the commission sent a letter to the BNP setting out its concerns about its membership criteria.

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