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The party leader described the scandal over the Oxfordshire councillor’s repeated media appearances as a ‘storm in a teacup’

BNP's Nick Griffin defeats contempt legal bid

BNP leader Nick Griffin fought off a bid to have him declared guilty of contempt of court today.

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Griffin's BNP makes a show of itself and a comedian turns the world into a meaner place

Woolas's exit paves way for BNP to stand in by-election

Phil Woolas has given up his battle against becoming the first MP for almost a century to lose his seat for lying about an opponent.

Phil Woolas 'crushed' after losing legal battle

Former Labour MP Phil Woolas's hopes of regaining his seat were dashed today after he failed in a High Court bid to overturn a decision stripping him of his Commons seat.

Oxford Union calls off appearance by Sri Lanka's President

The Oxford Union has cancelled an address that was to have been delivered tonight by Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, citing concerns about protests being planned by thousands of demonstrators.

'Battle of the Begums' brings Bangladesh to a standstill

Large parts of Bangladesh were brought to a halt yesterday as the result of a national strike triggered by the latest dispute between two female politicians whose rancour and antagonism stretches back almost two decades.

Le Pen's legacy: bitter battle for future of the French far right

Next year, the National Front will elect a new leader who will decide whether the party moves into the mainstream or remains extremist and marginal

Contempt proceedings launched against BNP leader Nick Griffin

More than 100 members and supporters of the British National Party demonstrated outside the Royal Courts of Justice today as contempt of court proceedings were launched against party leader Nick Griffin.

BNP establishes 'social networking' branch in America

The British National Party has set up a branch in the United States – nine years after it abandoned a fundraising drive across the Atlantic amid controversy over its links with American white supremacists.

By-election boost for Tories

The Tories were boosted by a council by-election gain in Ed Miliband's first conference week as Labour leader and ahead of their own.

Pre-conference voting boost for Labour

Tories and Liberal Democrats swapped seats with each other in the latest council by-elections but the vote share surge was to Labour on the eve of its conference and the declaration of a new leader.

Griffin's 'Question Time' inspires Bonnie Greer opera

It was one of the most controversial programmes in television history. When Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party, was invited on to BBC 1's Question Time, it sparked massive protests. The programme, earlier this year, had extra edge because Mr Griffin was next to the black academic and playwright Bonnie Greer.

Bid to jail BNP leader Nick Griffin adjourned

A move to jail British National Party leader Nick Griffin was adjourned today at the High Court.

Blair opens up about book signings on the purple sofa

He survived interrogations at the hands of heavyweight journalists relatively unscathed, but in the end it was the hail of shoes and eggs which greeted Tony Blair at the first public signing of his memoirs which persuaded him to cut short his publicity tour.

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