21 October 2009 (Press Release)
BNP denied Parliamentary access following John Mann intiative
Following action by John Mann MP and a vote in the House of Commons, MEPs including the BNP’s Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons will be denied Parliamentary passes and access to House of Commons facilities thus putting an end to a 20 year precedent.
Mr. Mann’s motion (EDM 1636), was signed by dozens of Parliamentary colleagues and noted that whilst Euro MPs had traditionally been granted passes to the Houses of Parliament, the reverse was not true for UK MPs trying to access European Parliamentary services.
Harriet Harman, the leader of the House of Commons, was reported to have said that the decision applied to all parties and was made after a review of the rules relating to passes, and concern about the pressure on facilities.
John Mann MP, Chairman of the All-Party Group Against Antisemitism said: “This stops the BNP parading round here as if they’re legitimate politicians”