Midland hospital snubs BNP donation

A Midland hospital which treats hero soldiers wounded in Afghanistan has refused a donation from the British National Party.

Bosses at Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham turned down money from the far right party after its members made the collection, claiming it would be donated to build a burns unit for injured squaddies. The BNP, whose leader Nick Griffin is MEP for the North West, say they were selling stickers calling for troops to withdraw from Afghanistan in a bid “to help our brave and wounded soldiers”.

But a spokesman for Selly Oak Hospital, which houses the army’s Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, said: “The British National Party is selling merchandise with the promise of donating the proceeds to the Selly Oak Hospital burns unit. “Neither the University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust nor its official charity, UHB Charities, have been contacted by the BNP about this venture, and the Trust does not accept money from any political party,” said the spokesman.

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