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General Synod backs ban on clergy joining the BNP – Daily Telegraph

“The Church of England has backed draft legislation paving the way for a ban on clergy membership of the BNP – in spite of warnings about creating ‘martyrs’ to free speech.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BNP leader Nick Griffin wins court contempt battle – BBC News

“BNP leader Nick Griffin has fought off a bid to have him declared guilty of contempt of court.”

Full story

BBC News, 17th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BNP leader Nick Griffin faces contempt of court ruling – The Guardian

“BNP leader Nick Griffin will learn today whether he has been found guilty of contempt of court. The Equality and Human Rights Commission accused him at the high court of failing to comply with a county court judgment ordering the removal of potentially racist clauses from his party’s constitution.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BNP in high court showdown over ‘racist’ party constitution – The Guardian

“The British National party faces having some or all of its assets seized in the high court today as part of a showdown with the equality and human rights watchdog.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Phil Woolas awaits court ruling on election victory – Daily Telegraph

“Phil Woolas faces being thrown out of parliament when two High Court judges rule on whether to overturn a general election result in his Oldham constituency and order a re-run.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BNP members to be barred from teaching – The Guardian

“Headteachers are to be given the power to dismiss teachers who are members of the BNP or other groups which have an ‘extremist tenor’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (Electoral Commission) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court (United Kingdom Independence Party intervening)

Regina (Electoral Commission) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court (United Kingdom Independence Party intervening) [2010] UKSC 40; [2010] WLR (D) 211

“Where the Electoral Commission brought forfeiture proceedings under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 against a registered political party in respect of its acceptance of an impermissible donation the court had a discretionary power under s 58(2) to order partial forfeiture of the value of the donation if, in the particular circumstances, it was proportionate to do so.”

WLR Daily, 30th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

UKIP wins court case over order to pay back donation – BBC News

“The UK Independence Party does not have to forfeit all of a £367,697 ‘impermissible donation’, the Supreme Court has ruled.”

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BBC News, 29th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BNP faces financial turmoil if found in contempt of court – The Guardian

“Fresh from its disastrous showing at the ballot box on 6 May, the British National party now faces financial turmoil with its assets threatened by court action. The high court is to decide whether Nick Griffin and two other BNP officials should face contempt of court proceedings in which their assets could be confiscated under a ‘writ of sequestration’. The assets include Griffin’s MEP salary, investments and pensions and any property that they might own. The case shows that no political party is above the law.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BNP faces legal threat amid new racism claims over redrafted constitution – The Guardian

“The British National party faces the prospect of renewed legal action from the government’s equalities watchdog over allegations that it has failed to remove potentially racist clauses from its constitution. The court case could potentially see the BNP’s leader, Nick Griffin, jailed or fined for contempt of court, or see party assets seized, lawyers believe.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal challenge to Alex Salmond’s exclusion from BBC leaders’ debates – The Guardian

“The Scottish National party will go to court today in an attempt to force the BBC to give its leader Alex Salmond a place in the final leaders’ debate later this week.”

Full story

The Guardian, 27th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Election 2010 – The Bar Council

“This note summarises the key points in the manifestos of the three main political parties which may be of interest to the Bar. It is intended that this should be non-partisan and the Bar Council as an organisation is not aligning itself to any particular political party.”

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The Bar Council, 23rd April 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Marmite launches legal action against BNP – The Independent

“Marmite is beginning legal action against the British National Party after an image of a Marmite jar was used on a political broadcast without its permission, the company said today.”

Full story

The Independent, 22nd April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s ignorance about legal aid does not surprise experts – The Guardian

“Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s apparent lack of understanding about how legal aid works has not surprised experts, who say they have long been battling ignorance about the importance of the service.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid cuts will happen ‘under any government’, parties warn – Law Society’s Gazette

“The legal aid budget will face further cuts whoever wins the election, politicians from the three main parties warned last week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th April 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BNP barrister sparks debate on workplace ethics – The Lawyer

“The decision by St Philips Chambers to distance itself from former barrister Roger Grierson, who is to fight a seat for the British National Party (BNP) at the general election, has instigated heated debate among Birmingham lawyers.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 29th March 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

BNP ‘whites-only’ membership rules outlawed – The Guardian

“Judge agrees with human rights watchdog that British National party’s rewritten criteria for joining are still racist.”

Full story

The Guardian, 12th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ministers rule out ban on BNP teachers – The Guardian

“Ministers have ruled out banning members of the British National party from the teaching profession, after an independent inquiry into racism in schools decided such a move would be disproportionate. The issue of whether those who belong to racist organisations should be prevented from teaching – as they are from working as police or prison officers – will be reviewed annually.”

Full story

The Guardian, 12th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BNP member rules discriminate indirectly, court told – BBC News

“The BNP’s new membership rules ‘indirectly’ discriminate against black and Asian people, the UK equalities watchdog has told a court hearing.”

Full story

BBC News, 9th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BNP votes to scrap whites-only policy – The Guardian

“The British National party today voted to scrap its whites-only membership ­policy in a move dismissed by anti-racist campaigners as ‘cosmetic’. At an extraordinary general meeting held in Essex, members of the far-right party voted in favour of changes to its constitution that would theoretically allow black and Asian people to join.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Labour broke privacy rules with elections phone campaign – Daily Telegraph

“Labour breached privacy rules by making unsolicited automated phone calls to almost half a million people without their consent, the Information Commissioner’s Office has ruled.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BNP given last chance to make equality change to constitution – The Guardian

“The British National party was warned tonight (28 January) that it had one last chance to scrap its constitution or face legal action under equality laws.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (Electoral Commission) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court (United Kingdom Independence Party intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Electoral Commission) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court (United Kingdom Independence Party intervening) [2009] EWCA Civ 1078; [2009] WLR (D) 299

“Once an impermissible donation had been made to a registered political party and the party had not returned it a magistrates’ court should on an application by the Electoral Commission normally exercise its discretion under section 58(2) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 to order forfeiture of an amount equal to the value of the donation.”

WLR Daily, 19th October 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

BNP debate ‘illegal’, warns Hain – BBC News

“The BBC could face legal action over British National Party leader Nick Griffin’s appearance on Question Time, Welsh Secretary Peter Hain has warned.”

Full story

BBC News, 19th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Civil service to consider plans to ban BNP members – The Guardian

“Plans to ban members of the British National Party from working as civil servants are ‘under active consideration’, according to a senior official in one of the civil service unions.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

British National Party forced to admit non-whites – The Times

“The British National Party is poised to give up its whites-only membership policy after a legal challenge accusing it of racial discrimination.”

Full story

The Times, 4th September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judge bemoans small fine for former BNP officer’s data protection breach – OUT-LAW.com

“A man who published the personal information of 10,000 members of the British National Party (BNP) has been found guilty of breaking the Data Protection Act and has been ordered to pay a fine and costs.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 1st September 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Ex-BNP man fined over names leak – BBC News

“A former member of the British National Party has been fined £200 after admitting publishing the details of some 10,000 party members online.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BNP faces prosection over donations record failure – The Times

“The BNP are facing huge fines and possible prosecution after they failed to submit records of donations. The party faced an unprecedented warning from the head of the Electoral Commission after they also failed to submit their annual accounts to the watchdog, as required by electoral law.”

Full story

The Times, 26th August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

BNP face legal action over membership rules – Daily Telegraph

“The Equality and Human Rights Commission are taking legal action against the British National Party over concerns about its admissions policy.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th August 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Two charged over BNP members leak – BBC News

“Two people have been charged with breaching the Data Protection Act after a British National Party membership list was leaked on the internet.”

Full story

BBC News, 21st August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Prosecutors press for action against BNP leaflets – The Guardian

“Senior prosecutors are calling for the laws on race hate crimes to be strengthened to counter the threat posed by the British National party.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BNP ‘could face court injunction’ – BBC News

“The British National Party could face legal action over its membership policies, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said.”

Full story

BBC News, 23rd June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Teachers’ body won’t stop BNP working in schools – The Guardian

“The General Teaching Council for England is today accused by members of its governing body of failing to act to prevent British National party members from teaching in schools.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prince’s Trust Thatcher lunch broke charity laws – The Guardian

“The Prince of Wales’ youth charity broke the law by running a joint fundraising event with an offshoot of the Conservative party, watchdog the Charity Commission ruled today.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs vote to change law to keep home addresses secret – Daily Telegraph

“The move came after a court ordered Parliament to disclose details of properties on which MPs claim expenses. The House of Commons on Monday backed an amendment to the Political Parties and Elections Bill, which effectively excludes MPs’ addresses from the Freedom of Information Act.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

R (The Electoral Commission) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court – WLR Daily

R (The Electoral Commission) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court [2009] EWHC 78 (Admin); [2009] WLR(D) 24

There was no presumption that impermissible donations to a registered political party should be forfeited under s 58(2) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 unless there were good reasons not to do so.”

WLR Daily, 27th January 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk 

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed. 

Appeal over UKIP donation ruling – BBC News

“The High Court has granted an appeal against a ruling that UKIP should forfeit only a fraction of £367,697 it received in ‘impermissible donations’.”

Full story

BBC News, 22nd January 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Straw and Hain censured over donations – The Independent

“Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, and the former cabinet minister Peter Hain received embarrassing rebukes from anti-sleaze watchdogs yesterday over their failure to register donations.”

Full story

The Independent, 23rd January 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Straw off hook on late donation – BBC News

“No action will be taken over a £3,000 donation which Justice Secretary Jack Straw declared more than four years late, electoral officials have said.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th December 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Hain will not be prosecuted for undeclared donations – the Guardian

“The former cabinet minister Peter Hain will not face prosecution for his failure to declare donations of £103,000 on time, it emerged yesterday, opening up the possibility of a return to frontline politics.”

Full story

The Guardian, 6th December 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lib Dems face repaying £2.4m after Michael Brown, party’s biggest donor, convicted – The Times

“The Liberal Democrats could be forced to surrender a record gift of £2.4 million after a police investigation discovered that the party’s biggest donor was a bogus business.”

Full story

The Times, 29th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Tread carefully with extreme views – BBC News

“The publication of details about BNP members may prompt some employers to take action, particularly in companies where membership may cause particular sensitivities given the nature of the business or its customer or client base.”

Full story

BBC News, 21st November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BNP membership data breach: the workplace implications – OUT-LAW.com

“A list of members of the British National Party (BNP) has been published online, including thousands of names, addresses and email addresses. The party claims that the security breach was likely to be a deliberate act of ‘political malevolence’.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 19th November 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Victims cannot sue party – The Times

“Thousands of BNP members whose details were leaked will not be able to sue either the far-right group or the disgruntled former member suspected of publishing the list, leading lawyers said last night.”

Full story

The Times, 19th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Parliament debates new controls on party finance – Ministry of Justice

“New rules to regulate political spending and donations to parties are to be debated in the House of Commons today.”

Full press release 

Ministry of Justice, 20th October 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Tory candidate spared jail for ‘vile’ hate campaign against rivals – The Guardian

“A former Tory prospective parliamentary candidate today escaped a jail sentence after mounting a vicious hate campaign against political rivals in his constituency.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Conservatives cleared of breaking electoral law – Daily Telegraph

“The Electoral Commission, which oversees party funding, has rejected a complaint made by the Labour party about the Tories’ use of Constituency Campaigning Services (CCS).”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 6th October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lib Dems broke the law by making automated phone calls to supporters – The Times

“The Liberal Democrats broke the law by making automated phone calls to supporters during their party conference, despite having been warned that their actions would be likely to breach regulations.”

Full story

The Times, 26th September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Schools charity donation broke law – The Guardian

“An education charity has been found to have breached charity laws by donating £7,500 of its funds to the Labour party.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th September 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lib Dems face court over funding – The Observer

“The Liberal Democrats are facing an embarrassing High Court battle with a lawyer who says that the party wrongly accepted £632,000 of his money as part of a donation.”

Full story

The Observer, 7th September 2008

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

Thinktank linked to Gordon Brown breached charity laws – The Guardian

“A thinktank with close links to Gordon Brown was today found to have breached charity laws by getting involved in party politics.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th July 2008

Souce: www.guardian.co.uk

Straw unveils new controls on political funding and spending – Ministry of Justice

“Political spending and donations to parties are to be more tightly regulated under new rules unveiled by Justice Secretary Jack Straw today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 17th July 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Peter Hain interviewed by police over £100,000 ‘hidden’ campaign donation – The Times

“Peter Hain, who resigned from the Cabinet over allegations that he had failed to register political donations, has been interviewed by police, The Times has learnt.”

Full story

The Times, 30th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Tory threat over Lib Dem leaflets – BBC News

“The Conservatives are threatening two separate legal actions against the Lib Dems over the Henley by-election.”

Full story

BBC News, 20th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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