Richard Barnbrook accused of exploiting situation for publicity and told to change invitation - or be barred from royal event
British National Party leader Nick Griffin has been effectively barred from attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
The right-wing politician had been invited to the social event by his BNP colleague Richard Barnbrook who, as a London Assembly member, was nominated for two tickets by the Greater London Authority. But Jeff Jacobs, the GLA's deputy chief executive, has tonight written to Barnbrook telling him to change his controversial guest and stop exploiting the situation for "publicity", or his nomination would be "reviewed".
In recent days London Mayor Boris Johnson and Darren Johnson, chairman of the London Assembly, have both spoken of their concern about Barnbrook's chosen guest. In his letter Jacobs said: "While elected representatives may and do attend, the event is a social occasion hosted by Her Majesty and it is inappropriate to exploit this privilege for party political purposes."
He added: "However, in the light of the views expressed by the Mayor and chair of the assembly, reinforced at yesterday's assembly meeting, I am writing to say that the authority may need to review its position in relation to your nomination unless you revisit the selection of your guest with a view to avoiding further controversy and desist from any further publicity."
The London Paper