An unwelcome journalist was forcibly evicted from a BNP press conference in London as the far-right British National Party voted to abandon its whites-only membership rule.
It follows a court ruling ordering it to comply with the UK’s race relations laws.
“I think we have done something today which is really quite remarkable,” said BNP leader Nick Griffin. “We have done it as a united party. There were more than 300 people here and only five votes against. So we changed the constitution in a way that most ordinary British people can look at it now and think, well, okay, that party is certainly one thing, but most definitely it is not racist.”
The BNP wants to halt immigration, to repatriate immigrants on a voluntary basis and to pull the UK out of the EU.
It has no MPs but its popularity has grown as unemployment has risen. Last June, it won two seats in the European parliament.