15 Feb 2010

BNP abolishes whites-only membership rule

9:50 am on 15 February 2010

The far-right British National Party has abolished its whites-only membership policy.

At a meeting in Essex, members voted to amend the party's constitution to allow black and Asian people join.

The BNP, which wants a halt to immigration into Britain, had been threatened with a possible court injunction over its whites-only membership policy by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The party must now go back to court in March when a judge will decide whether the new rules meet race relation laws.

Its leader, Nick Griffin, says the party has recognised legal reality.