News from the United Kingdom, Friday 3rd May 2013

Jewish ChronicleFar-right drops its mask. ‘The British National Party could once put up more than 400 candidates, and attract national media attention. As yesterday’s local elections showed, today the BNP is very much a shadow of its former self, and can barely contest 100 seats. While the party is retaining its focus on areas that have long been used to extreme right candidates – Essex, Lancashire, Leicestershire and Worcestershire – the numbers are down across the board, and an electoral revival appears distinctly unlikely. For the first time since 2001, in the run-up to the election, anti-fascist campaigners were scribbling “no threat” alongside most BNP candidates.’

Yorkshire Evening PostRow over empty Leeds pub sparks far right rally. ‘Far right demonstrators are planning a protest at a former Leeds pub earmarked for conversion into an Muslim-run community centre. Saturday’s rally by the English Defence League (EDL) outside the old Lingfield pub in Alwoodley comes just four days after six men pleaded guilty to a failed plot to blow up a similar demonstration in Dewsbury last year. A counter demonstration by Unite Against Fascism is also planned.’

The TelegraphMuslim free school plans on hold over ‘extremism’ claims. ‘The Department for Education has launched an urgent investigation into concerns surrounding the Northern Lights Free School in Halifax, West Yorks, which had been due to open in September his year. It follows claims that Muslim families were coming under pressure to enrol their children at the new Islamic-led primary following a leaflet circulated in the area suggesting that they would go to Hell if they did not participate. The local MP, Linda Riordan, and the local authority Calderale Council had both raised concerns that the plans could harm community cohesion.’

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