Nazi thug Chris Hurst [pictured, left] was booted out of the BNP yesterday after The Sun told how he gave Hitler salutes at a fascist rally. But incredibly, the far-right party tried to play down his shameful behaviour by spouting more racist bile.
Spokesman Simon Darby said: "He has been silly but he has not been caught dealing drugs or prostituting with underage girls, like some in the Islamic community."
We told yesterday how an undercover Sun team filmed Hurst, the BNP's London Regional Secretary, as he gave Hitler salutes and yelled "Sieg heil" at a rally in Hungary attended by thousands of neo-Nazis. And at an evening concert, he sang along with the "Aryan supremacy" lyrics of vile singer Saga, who inspired Norwegian madman Anders Breivik to massacre 77 innocents in bomb and gun attacks a fortnight ago.
Hurst, 22, had been rising through the BNP's ranks. Yesterday he looked bleary-eyed at the door of his bungalow in Whitton, South West London. He snarled: "I am not talking to you. I went to a concert. I did what everyone else there was doing. The party have expelled me now anyway."
Spokesman Darby added: "He realises that he has put the party into an embarrassing position."
Business Secretary Vince Cable - who Hurst stood against in Twickenham in last year's General Election - led widespread praise for our exposé last night. He said: "The Sun's excellent investigation shows the BNP is incubating some appalling neo-Nazis with shocking prejudices."
Thanks to NewsHound for the heads-up