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Far-right party targets borough

A PARTY more extreme than the BNP is threatening to stand in next year's Hyndburn Council elections.

EXTREMIST: The White Nationalist Party logo
EXTREMIST: The White Nationalist Party logo

A PARTY more extreme than the BNP is threatening to stand in next year's Hynd-burn Council elections.

The White Nationalist Party has already dropped around 500 leaflets through the doors of houses in the Peel Park area of Accrington in a bid to recruit new members.

The far-right organisation believes in compulsory repatriation of coloured immigrants and asylum seekers.

Its emergence in the town has horrified civic and community leaders.

Hyndburn's MP Greg Pope said: "These people are Nazis and I am confident the people of Hyndburn will have the good sense to reject such racist scum. This borough is a place where people can sit down and discuss issues in a reasonable fashion.''

Mr Munsaf Dad, general secretary of the Ghousia Higher Antley mosque in Accrington, said: "This party has no chance of success in Hyndburn because relations between the ethnic population and the indigenous people are extremely good. A lot of people have worked extremely hard to achieve a sense of partnership between our mosque and the various local churches.''

In their literature the White Nationalists state: "We believe that racial integration breeds violence and hatred and is detrimental to all races.''

They also demand the re-introduction of the death penalty, want Britain to pull out of the European Union and advocate outlawing homosexuality and abortion and banning all foreign aid.

The party's Lancashire organiser John O'Brien said: "We are interested in Accring-ton because we have heard that racial tensions in the area are quite bad.

"We generated a reasonable amount of interest from residents and we plan to return this weekend to post more leaflets. We are only a young organisation and we are anxious to recruit as many people as we can.''

He added that the WNP had not yet made any firm decision about whether or not to contest the local elections next year.
The party, which describes itself as "the UK arm of Aryan unity" was only set up last year. One of its founders is former British Movement leader Eddie Morrison.

The WNP has no connection with the British National Party, which has now formed an official branch in Hyndburn and is understood to have firm plans to contest seats in the forthcoming elections.


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