UKIP absorbs Britain’s far-right

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  English Defense League march. Newcastle, 2010. [Gavin Lynn/Flickr] Sparsely attended far-right rallies in Britain highlight the decline of a movement in disarray, but experts say that some of its ideas have found new expression in the Eurosceptic UKIP ahead of elections in May. Anti-fascist demonstrators outnumbered the roughly 400 people at a raucous English … Continue reading

Preventing far right extremism? Schools in EDL and BNP heartland only monitoring ethnic minority pupils

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EDL supporters from South Yorkshire at a demo in Rotherham, near Barnsley, 2014, by Chris/Flickr Schools in an area with a history of far-right activism have been singling out black and ethnic minority pupils in monitoring for signs of radicalisation – while suggesting white children are not at risk due to their skin colour. The three schools, in Barnsley, South … Continue reading

Tory suspended in ‘vote plot’ probe

The Tory candidate in a key general election marginal has been suspended after allegedly hatching a plot with far-right extremists to win votes by stirring up racial hatred. Afzal Amin is accused of scheming with the English Defence League (EDL) Afzal Amin is accused of scheming with the English Defence League (EDL) to announce an … Continue reading

Owner’s shock at ‘racially motivated’ attack on former restaurant

ARSONISTS have struck at a former Indian restaurant in a “racially motivated” attack. An investigation is underway following a fire at the MAA Tandoori Takeaway on High Street, Connah’s Quay. Police are treating the blaze as being racially motivated because ‘EDL’ signs – alluding to the far-right group English Defence League – were spray-painted on … Continue reading

Pegida UK: A lacklustre disappointment to its German parents

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A man with a swastika on the back of his helmet holds a sign aloft amid the Pegida UK crowd in Newcastle.(IBT) For a new protest group, there is little new about Pegida UK. Its launch in Newcastle on 28 February could barely muster a tenth of the support its parent organisation in Germany drew, … Continue reading

Pegida UK promoter Matthew Pope wants Islam banned and has far-right links

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One of the Facebook pages of Matthew Pope, an official spokesman for Pegida UK.(Facebook screengrab) The man acting as official spokesman for the Pegida UK group confessed to spreading hate through a Facebook page he ran called “Ban Islam”, claimed there are no peaceful Muslims and has social media ties to the far-right. Matthew Pope … Continue reading

Newport UKIP in turmoil as chairman tries to rid party of ‘EDL sympathisers

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ROW: Newport UKIP chairman Mike Chaffin, left and Newport East parliamentary candidate Donald Grewar NEWPORT’S branch of UKIP appeared in turmoil at the weekend as their chairman appealed for help to “rid this branch of EDL sympathisers”. Mike Chaffin posted on the branch’s Facebook page: “Not in my name, not in my party and not … Continue reading

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen named as latest far-right figure to speak at prestigious Oxford University Union

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Ms Le Pen will be speaking at the famous venue in February But campaigners say they will protest outside the Union if talk goes ahead Described the politician as a ‘Euro-fascist’ who wants to split society   Le Pen is known for her controversial right-wing views Called for surveillance in mosques following Charlie Hebdo massacres  French … Continue reading

Middlesbrough family suffer barrage of ‘disgusting’ racial abuse while on holiday in Blackpool

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Two 23-year-old women targeted Imtiaz Hussain’s family and young men joined in as his daughters were taunted with ‘Ban the Burka’ chants A Middlesbrough family cut its holiday to Blackpool short after suffering a “disgusting” barrage of racist abuse. Imtiaz Hussain, his English wife Barbara and their three daughters had just arrived in the seaside … Continue reading

Support for British far-right groups hits 20-year low

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Hope Not Hate report shows general decline in influence of BNP, EDL and others due to internal splits and rise of Ukip Nick Griffin (left) was expelled from the British National party last October. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian Far-right groups in the UK are at their lowest ebb for 20 years despite the … Continue reading