BNP members to vote on whites-only policy

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The British National Party is to decide today on whether to scrap its whites-only membership policy.

The far-right party is due to hold an extraordinary general meeting for members to vote on proposed changes to its constitution that would allow black and Asian people to join.

The meeting was arranged after the Central London County Court told the BNP to amend its constitution to comply with race relations laws or face legal action by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

After the hearing on January 28, the BNP rushed out letters to its 14,000 members in order to allow for the 14 days needed to alert them to the proposed changes.

But there remained queries over whether the amended version would go far enough to appease lawyers from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Further changes are likely to be needed at today's meeting, which is to be held at a secret location.

BNP leader Nick Griffin said ethnic minority members will be accepted if they agree with the party's aims.

He told the BBC: "They'll be accepted, they'll be welcomed, providing they're there to do the things that we want to do, and providing they accept and agree with our principles, which is that multiculturalism, we believe, has been a failure. It was imposed on the British people without any consent, by the political elite. It's still going on, it's madness and it's time to shut the doors."