Tim Farron comments on the de-registration of the BNP as a political party

Tim Farron Social Liberal Forum conference Jul 19 2014 Photo by Paul Walter

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said ‘hope always wins out’ after news that the Electoral Commission has removed the British National Party (BNP) from its register of political parties.

The decent and fair minded British public have stood up against the BNP and all they stand for – intolerance, hatred and an organisation that worked to stoke fear wherever they could.  Britain is a little better off today because of this news, but we should always be mindful that the just because the BNP have fallen off the register, they could come back.  We also still have organisations like Britain First working to fan the flames of intolerance.

Today is a victory for the thousands of people and organisations like Hope Not Hate who worked to make the case for an inclusive, welcoming and outward looking nation.

* Chris White is a member of the Liberal Democrat Voice Editorial Team, a Liberal Democrat Councillor from St Albans and Deputy Leader of the LGA Liberal Democrat Group.

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6 Comments

  • jedibeeftrix 8th Jan '16 - 9:26pm

    thank god for fptp?

  • Ronald Murray 9th Jan '16 - 8:02am

    Excellent news indeed there should be no place for such extremism in the UK. Although there will always be people with extreme views. On both left and right. As well as the clear and present danger of religious extremism corrupting the Islamic community in particular. As the article quotes Britain First as well as the English Defence League and similar organisations.

  • Well, yes….but actually they are a bunch of incompetent prats who couldn’t get it together to send the Electoral Commission £25. And as was pointed out on Political Betting yesterday, there is a clear correlation between the decline of BNP support and the increase in votes for UKIP (and to forestall our UKIP readers I am not suggesting that UKIP is a racist party).

  • tonyhill: UKIP pretty much *are* racist in pinstripe, though.

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