The BNP’s “poison” has no place in British communities, Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman said yesterday. Home affairs select committee chairman Keith Vaz also attacked the far-right party from the conference platform, saying it would “destroy” British society.
Ms Harman said: “The BNP pretend they’ve changed, pretend they’re respectable. They are no such thing. They’re still the same party that wanted the Nazis to win the war. They’re still the same party whose constitution excludes from membership anyone who is not ‘indigenous Caucasian’. It’s right that the new Equality Bill will ban that clause. There can be no place in our democracy for an apartheid party.”
Mr Vaz told delegates: “Those who seek to destroy the world’s most sophisticated and diverse society – Britain, mirror of the world – are on the attack once again. And they are even getting elected, politically laundering their racism into legitimacy.”
Councillor Mahroof Hussain, of Rotherham, said: “I stand before you as a proud British citizen, a proud Yorkshireman and a proud Labour activist. Let me tell the BNP: my father worked in the steelworks for 30 years, he helped to build our great country.”
Labour’s treasurer Jack Dromey said the party still needed to raise large sums of money for the election “to beat the BNP – the bullies and the boot boys in suits who disgrace Britain”.
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