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

Tony Blair cancels book signing amid protest threat

Tony Blair today cancelled a high-profile signing session of his new memoir in central London amid concerns over planned protests.

Debts, lawsuits and internal feuding cast doubt on future of BNP

Nick Griffin's leadership threatened by crisis in far-right politics

Leading article: Extremism in search of an outlet

It is starting to look as though last year's elections for the European Parliament marked the start of the British National Party's decline, rather than a new stage in its ascendancy.

Double defeat for Tories in by-elections

Tories crashed to landslide defeats in the latest council by-elections.

Funny girls: The women bringing political satire back to the Edinburgh Fringe

Just a fifth of the comedians on the Edinburgh Fringe are women but, as Alice Jones discovers, they include the acts who have had the courage to rise to the challenge of the new landscape in Parliament and the wider world

Far right pays tribute to Japan's 'war heroes'

British and Japanese ultranationalists will shrug off protests from war veterans in an unlikely show of solidarity at a controversial Tokyo memorial today, on the 65th anniversary of Japan's surrender in the Second World War.

Tories triumph at Medway

Tories made their first council by-election gain from Labour since May's change of government.

Palace bans Nick Griffin from palace garden party

BNP party leader Nick Griffin was denied entry to an afternoon tea party with the Queen earlier today after Buckingham Palace accused the far-right MEP of using his invite for political purposes.

Hidden world above the pavement

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Wikileaks founder who torments the Pentagon comes out of shadows

He is the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel of cyberspace whose website has been behind some of the most remarkable scoops in recent years. But ever since an American soldier was arrested for allegedly leaking video footage of a helicopter attack in Baghdad, Wikileaks' founder, Julian Assange, has been keeping a low profile.

Village People: 26/06/2010

A dress to die for

I was saddened to hear this week that the former Conservative MP Angela Rumbold had died. I had lunch with her once when she was an education minister.

BNP chief invited to Queen's party

Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, has secured an invitation to a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

BNP leader to attend Buckingham Palace garden party

British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin has secured an invitation to a Buckingham Palace garden party, it was disclosed today.

Muslim leader 'lied about BNP kidnap'

A Muslim community leader falsely claimed to have been kidnapped by members of the British National Party after police and a local council spent £1,300 improving security at his home, a jury heard today.

BNP teacher cleared of racial intolerance

A teacher and member of the British National Party who described some immigrants as "savage animals" in a website posting from a school laptop was cleared of racial and religious intolerance yesterday.

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