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Issue No. 1873

ANOTHER MONTH, another resignation from the British National Party. Blackburn councillor Robin Evans has quit the BNP.

He was widely expected to have a high spot on the regional list for the elections next June for members of the European parliament.

Evans' resignation follows the departure of the BNP's regional organiser Chris Jackson, and, this summer, the resignation of Burnley BNP councillor Luke Smith and his uncle, Steve Smith, the BNP's Burnley organiser.

The Burnley BNP group has been involved in power struggles between BNP leader Nick Griffin and his predecessor John Tyndall.

Members of the Blackburn BNP are apparently fed up with Evans' attempt to further the respectable facade promoted by Griffin. Political differences between Evans and the old guard of the Nazi party do not make him a saint.

He may wear the suit and even write letters to the local paper, but he is no less dangerous than BNP members. Evans has been quoted in the press admitting he left the BNP for 'organisational, not ideological' reasons.

Local people were outraged when he called for an Iranian asylum seeker to be sent back to Iran to face the death penalty for adultery.

Despite leaving the BNP, Evans has no intention of quitting the council.
DANIEL RATCLIFFE, Blackburn Anti Nazi League

The BNP was standing candidates in three council by-elections on Thursday of this week in Lanehead ward in Burnley, in Great Horton ward in Bradford, and in Mixenden ward in Calderdale.

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Sat 18 Oct 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1873
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