Gloucestershire

BNP pulls out of media centre office plan for Stroud

The British National Party (BNP) has pulled out of plans to to open a call centre in Gloucestershire.

The party signed a lease on the property at Salmon Springs business park near Stroud 18 months ago.

It had been used as a back-up centre for its Belfast office with about 10 staff but the party wanted to use it as a media communications centre.

The lease on Salmon Springs is not being renewed following a campaign by local activists.

Chris Moore, from the Gloucestershire Socialist Party, said the BNP were a "racist and divisive party".

"That is the main reason we don't want them. We don't want that sort of hate here in Stroud."

The BNP said it was pulling out to avoid a confrontation.

BNP spokesman John Walker said the campaign was all about "politically correct bigots" and "busybodies who had nothing better to do".

"We are a legally-registered political party with councillors all over the county and two members of the European Parliament," he added.

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