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EDL leader to join BFP as deputy leader

April 25, 2012

We have just received news that the leader of the English Defence League (EDL), Stephen Lennon, is set to join the far right British Freedom Party (BFP) and immediately become its deputy leader.

Lennon’s move is likely to be followed by many other leading figures of the EDL. He planned to unveil the move at the EDL rally in Luton on 5th May, but we have decided to blow his ‘surprise’ early.

The merging of the EDL into the BFP will change the face of the British far right and will probably signal the end for the Nick Griffin and his British National Party, who are expected to fare badly at the up-coming local and London assembly elections.

The minutes of the EDL’s last Executive Council meeting, which was held in Luton, and attended by both Stephen Lennon and his deputy, Kevin Carroll reveal that, although the EDL leadership has been at great pains to deny it is a racist organisation, their demands on the BFP prove it is just that. Lennon has insisted the BFP adopts the following policies:
– Ban the Burqa/Niqab
– Stop the developments of all new mosques
– Halt new immigration except for “highly qualified positions”
– Promote Christian values
– Leave the European Union.

This sounds pretty much like the policies of the BNP. In fact, the British Freedom Party was set up by BNP members disillusioned with Nick Griffin. Stephen Lennon also used to be in the BNP.

There is a fear that the BFP/EDL threat is more dangerous than the BNP. Lennon has a better media presence than Holocaust denying Nick Griffin. In focusing on Islam and the threat of Islamist extremists, the BFP/EDL can have a greater appeal than the simple racist agenda of the BNP. And by its demonstrations, the BFP/EDL will increase tensions in our communities. That is why it is important to oppose the fascist BFP/EDL and join the national counter demonstration in Luton on the May 5th. To book a place on the coach from Stoke-on-Trent please call 07778 913528. Tickets are priced at £15 waged, £8 unwaged/concessions.

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