24 June 2009
Political party faces legal action over race discrimination
A political party in the UK is facing the threat of an injunction on the grounds of race discrimination.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has written to the British National party (BNP) saying it believes it to be in breach of the Race Relations Act on three counts.
In the letter, the commission's legal director, John Wadham, said: "The legal advice we have received indicates that the BNP's constitution and membership criteria, employment practices and provision of services to constituents and the public may breach discrimination laws which all political parties are legally obliged to uphold."
He added that the correspondence is the first stage in the beginning of legal action.
It is the first such action taken against a political party.
According to Mr Wadham, it is up to the courts to make the decision as to whether or not the BNP has breached the law.
Recently, the BNP picked up two seats during the European elections.