The leader of the far right British National Party Nick Griffin has reacted angrily after a court ruled that it discriminated against non-white people.
The party had already scrapped its whites-only membership policy, but an anti-discrimination watchdog challenged its new practices.
“Political parties like any other organisations are obliged to respect the law – and not discriminate against people who wish to become members,” said Susie Uppal of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The BNP wanted new members to support the “integrity of the indigenous British” and be interviewed for up to two hours by party officials. It objects to the judge’s ruling which says that amounts to indirect discrimination.
“There are lots of members of the settled ethnic minority communities in this country who’ve been here decades, paid in taxes, their kids are in the housing queue and they are being jumped by recently arrived eastern Europeans and Somalis and so on. And they agree with us,” said BNP leader Nick Griffin. “So I do not accept this (charge of)indirect discrimination… but of course the judgement’s been made and we have to comply with that, and we will”.
The BNP which wants to reverse immigration is a minority party in the UK but has two seats in the European Parliament. It has been ordered not to accept new members until it complies with race relations laws.