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:Revised BNP membership rules 'still racist'
British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin leaves London County Court, London
'The British National Party was plunged into constitutional chaos yesterday, just weeks before the general election, after a judge ruled its membership policy was still discriminatory.
An injunction was placed on the far-right party preventing it from accepting new members until it complied with race relations laws. The BNP is also likely to be financially crippled after Judge Paul Collins ordered costs against it.
In what was hailed as a "groundbreaking" judgment, believed to be the first of its kind against a British political party, Judge Collins ordered that the BNP should no longer be allowed to use adherence to key aspects of its principles and beliefs as a condition of membership.
The party abolished its whites-only policy last month in a bid to avoid an injunction but in a serious setback to its bid for political legitimacy, Judge Collins found that it was "still likely to commit unlawful acts of discrimination".'