Halton union and BNP leader clash over ‘Holocaust denial’ claim
BNP chairman and Halton MEP Nick Griffin has denied claiming that the ‘Holocaust’ did not happen.
Paula Barker, Halton Unison branch secretary, had accused Mr Griffin of calling the infamous Nazi genocide as the ‘hoax of the 20th century’.
Halton Unison is affiliated to the Hope Not Hate diversity campaign, and Mrs Barker made the claim as she urged voters to oust the BNP boss from his post as a North West MEP in this year’s European elections.
Mr Griffin told the Weekly News he believed the Holocaust took place and accused Unison of trying to ‘exploit’ mass murder for political ends.
He added that ‘the left’ had perpetuated genocide in eastern Europe under Communism.
Mrs Barker said: “It’s shocking that in 2014 the people of the North West are represented in the European Parliament by Nick Griffin.
“Mr Griffin became known as a Holocaust denier, once describing the Holocaust as ‘the hoax of the 20th century’ and who in 1997 co-authored a pamphlet about Jewish conspiracies to brainwash people in Britain and was found guilty of distributing material likely to incite racial hatred.
“We have the opportunity in this year’s European elections to send a clear message that the North West is a tolerant and diverse region.”
Mr Griffin said: “I think it’s grotesque to see the far left whose ideological forebears were responsible for the mass murder of millions of people all over eastern Europe to be exploiting the suffering of others of political ends.”
He added that he believes ‘huge numbers were murdered’ during the Holocaust but said he cannot discuss his views and that representations of his thoughts are distorted because the power in the media is concentrated within a few big companies.
Mr Griffin said: “European law is so repressive I’m not able to say what I used to think and what I think now.
“It would end in me going to prison for saying it and you for writing it.”
The European elections are due to take place on May 22-25.
From the Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News . 04.02.14.