Far-right group Britain First to stand for elections in Northern Ireland
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Thursday August 10 2017
The leader of Britain First Paul Golding has registered the group as a political party in Northern Ireland and has said they plan to have candidates stand for elections.
Golding, who has headed the group since 2014, announced their plans at a rally held on August 6th in Belfast titled ‘Northern Ireland Against Terrorism’. The demonstration gathered about 50 individuals in support of the far-right group, where Golding revealed the group’s political intentions.
Golding informed the Belfast Telegraph:
“In about five weeks’ time we are going to hold a massive, full-on Britain First rally outside City Hall.
“It will be much more organised and we will put a lot more effort into getting people along, and I think we will have a really good turnout at that.
“The theme will basically be Britain First coming to Northern Ireland, and it will be to gain more support.
“We are set up as a formal political party now in Northern Ireland, so we are going to be standing candidates for upcoming elections.
“You will absolutely see a Britain First candidate in the next Northern Ireland election.”
‘Belfast Says No To Fascism’ has stated that they will strongly oppose Britain First, and will host a counter protest upon Britain First’s return to Belfast this September.
The group has stated:
“If Paul Golding wants to hold another rally we will bring thousands of people on to the streets. We will show them what the anti-fascist movement is.
“As far as running candidates in local elections goes, the far-right have attempted that in Northern Ireland before and got absolutely nowhere.
“They will be rejected completely by loyalists and republicans and by everyone else, and rightly so.”
Founded in 2011, Britain First was created by former members of the controversial British National Party (BNP).
Their leader Paul Golding was convicted in 2015 of harassing a Muslim woman at her residence.
Golding has also been found guilty of wearing a political uniform, which is an offence under the Public Order Act 1936.