News The attack left Naomi Oni with severe facial scarring

Court hears how 21-year-old was jealous of her friend’s looks and carried out the alleged attack after a falling out

BNP in disarray as candidates slump to defeat in target seats

Weakened by internal divisions and a campaign which culminated in one of his senior lieutenants trading punches with an Asian man in a street brawl, Nick Griffin yesterday failed in his attempt to force his party into the political mainstream when he suffered a crushing defeat in its east London stronghold.

Griffin's future in doubt as BNP campaign implodes

The British National Party (BNP) failed in its efforts to break into the political mainstream when it suffered a succession of defeats in its key target seats.

Police probe allegations of electoral fraud

Several police forces across England are probing allegations of electoral fraud, it emerged.

Deborah Ross: How exciting! I've never met proper racists before

He's got a nice complexion, but Nick Griffin could do with a history lesson. Deborah Ross gets under the BNP leader's skin on the campaign trail in Essex

Britain's got plenty of exhibitionists, but has it got talent?

Popular show returns with some scary people. But that's enough of Simon Cowell. What about the acts?

The battle for Barking

Cahal Milmo reports from the east London constituency where Nick Griffin is trying to unseat a Labour minister

Leading article: The BNP has not profited from the publicity it sought

Better to ridicule them openly than feed their sense of persecution

Free radical: Why it’s showtime for Billy Bragg

Has Billy Bragg mellowed since the miners' strike and Red Wedge? Not likely. And now he is taking on his most important challenge: making his stage debut to battle the BNP for the hearts and minds of Barking

Banned, play that challenged the BNP

Dudley council accused of caving in to far right after pulling plug on 'Moonfleece'

Rival gangs link probed over teenager's fatal stabbing

Detectives were investigating today if a teenager was stabbed to death as part of a postcode war between rival gangs.

Inquiry launched after 'bleach murder' of 12-year-old

Barking and Dagenham Council has launched an inquiry after a mother was accused of murdering her autistic 12-year-old son with bleach.

House prices rise for sixth month running

House prices in England and Wales rose for the sixth month in a row during November, figures showed today.

Asbestos: A shameful legacy

The authorities knew it was deadly more than 100 years ago, but it was only banned entirely in 1999. The annual death rate will peak at more than 5,000 in 2016 – now MPs have a chance to do the decent thing.

Only way is up for Staunton's 'Darlo'

While Ireland were taking on the world champions, their former manager was embarking on keeping lowly Darlington in the league. Phil Shaw reports
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