Apology at decision to allow Lee Rigby electoral slogan to be used by former Swanley BNP councillor's right-wing party

Apology after green light given for Lee Rigby electoral slogan

Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamic extremists in Woolwich in May last year.

Paul Golding's Britain First party has permission to use the "Remember Lee Rigby" slogan.

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A public body has apologised for allowing a right-wing party run by a former Swanley BNP councillor to use a slogan featuring Lee Rigby.

The Electoral Commission has given the green light for Britain First to use the description "Remember Lee Rigby" on voting slips for next month's European elections.

The party is run by Paul Golding, who resigned as the BNP’s Sevenoaks District councillor for Swanley St Mary’s ward in March 2011.

Commission chair Jenny Watson said: "We are deeply sorry for the offence that has been caused and I have apologised to Lee Rigby's family.

"We are particularly sorry at the pain that this will cause them, particularly since polling day falls on the first anniversary of Drummer Rigby's murder.

"The party description 'Remember Lee Rigby' that was registered for use at the European Elections in May by Britain First should never have been permitted.

"We are sorry that the decision we made means that voters in Wales will now see the description on the ballot paper when they vote.

"We have looked carefully at what can be done to stop this from happening and we greatly regret that we have not found a way for the ballot papers to be changed. We will ensure the description is removed from the register for future elections."

The Commission said it had signed off the slogan for the party to use across the UK.

However, Britain First has opted not to deploy it in Scotland and is not believed to be fielding candidates in England.

It is not clear if any individuals are facing disciplinary action over the error.

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10:10am Mon 28 Apr 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

It's only in Wales - so no big deal.

But what's so wrong with remembering him ?
It's only in Wales - so no big deal. But what's so wrong with remembering him ? The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 36

10:44am Mon 28 Apr 14

whats common about sense says...

The Fozziest of Bears wrote:
It's only in Wales - so no big deal.

But what's so wrong with remembering him ?
There is nothing wrong with remembering Lee Rigby, there is everything wrong with using such a terrible murder for your own political gain.
[quote][p][bold]The Fozziest of Bears[/bold] wrote: It's only in Wales - so no big deal. But what's so wrong with remembering him ?[/p][/quote]There is nothing wrong with remembering Lee Rigby, there is everything wrong with using such a terrible murder for your own political gain. whats common about sense
  • Score: -3

10:57am Mon 28 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

You beat me to it 'whats common about sense'.

That the far right would stoop this low to as use this young mans tragic murder for their own political ends says everything about them. The BNP, EDL etc, and this arse hat Goldings crew are clutching at straws as they are all almost bankrupt financially and we all know morally bankrupt anyway. Golding is being chased out of town center's across the UK as he tries to flog badges for a few quid to fund his bunch of fools.

Bring on the negative votes .....do I care, Do I f***
You beat me to it 'whats common about sense'. That the far right would stoop this low to as use this young mans tragic murder for their own political ends says everything about them. The BNP, EDL etc, and this arse hat Goldings crew are clutching at straws as they are all almost bankrupt financially and we all know morally bankrupt anyway. Golding is being chased out of town center's across the UK as he tries to flog badges for a few quid to fund his bunch of fools. Bring on the negative votes .....do I care, Do I f*** Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 33

12:27pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Indigenous Pensioner says...

I Dont care what this thug above me says i vote support donate join who i like and he cant stop any o ne from voting for who they like.THank you.
I Dont care what this thug above me says i vote support donate join who i like and he cant stop any o ne from voting for who they like.THank you. Indigenous Pensioner
  • Score: -15

7:22pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Indigenous Pensioner wrote:
I Dont care what this thug above me says i vote support donate join who i like and he cant stop any o ne from voting for who they like.THank you.
Run along dummy.
[quote][p][bold]Indigenous Pensioner[/bold] wrote: I Dont care what this thug above me says i vote support donate join who i like and he cant stop any o ne from voting for who they like.THank you.[/p][/quote]Run along dummy. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 75

10:19am Wed 30 Apr 14

cupidstunt1976 says...

Anyone see the British National Party election broadcast last night?

I was in the pub when it came on the telly and all the other pubbers were saying they would vote for them as what they said made a lot of common sense

So much for Gypo Joe claiming they were "finished" and that they would not be allowed a prime time Tv election broadcast!

Looks like the only one who`s finished is resident moron Gypo Joe the serial liar lol
Anyone see the British National Party election broadcast last night? I was in the pub when it came on the telly and all the other pubbers were saying they would vote for them as what they said made a lot of common sense So much for Gypo Joe claiming they were "finished" and that they would not be allowed a prime time Tv election broadcast! Looks like the only one who`s finished is resident moron Gypo Joe the serial liar lol cupidstunt1976
  • Score: -40

11:22am Wed 30 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

cupidstunt1976 wrote:
Anyone see the British National Party election broadcast last night?

I was in the pub when it came on the telly and all the other pubbers were saying they would vote for them as what they said made a lot of common sense

So much for Gypo Joe claiming they were "finished" and that they would not be allowed a prime time Tv election broadcast!

Looks like the only one who`s finished is resident moron Gypo Joe the serial liar lol
Another user name from the News Shoppers very own village idiot.


Like the 'pubbers' you associate with have any brains. Do me a favour !!
[quote][p][bold]cupidstunt1976[/bold] wrote: Anyone see the British National Party election broadcast last night? I was in the pub when it came on the telly and all the other pubbers were saying they would vote for them as what they said made a lot of common sense So much for Gypo Joe claiming they were "finished" and that they would not be allowed a prime time Tv election broadcast! Looks like the only one who`s finished is resident moron Gypo Joe the serial liar lol[/p][/quote]Another user name from the News Shoppers very own village idiot. Like the 'pubbers' you associate with have any brains. Do me a favour !! Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 25

9:56am Thu 1 May 14

biscuit dunker says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
cupidstunt1976 wrote: Anyone see the British National Party election broadcast last night? I was in the pub when it came on the telly and all the other pubbers were saying they would vote for them as what they said made a lot of common sense So much for Gypo Joe claiming they were "finished" and that they would not be allowed a prime time Tv election broadcast! Looks like the only one who`s finished is resident moron Gypo Joe the serial liar lol
Another user name from the News Shoppers very own village idiot. Like the 'pubbers' you associate with have any brains. Do me a favour !!
loads of stuff about you all over the place lol
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cupidstunt1976[/bold] wrote: Anyone see the British National Party election broadcast last night? I was in the pub when it came on the telly and all the other pubbers were saying they would vote for them as what they said made a lot of common sense So much for Gypo Joe claiming they were "finished" and that they would not be allowed a prime time Tv election broadcast! Looks like the only one who`s finished is resident moron Gypo Joe the serial liar lol[/p][/quote]Another user name from the News Shoppers very own village idiot. Like the 'pubbers' you associate with have any brains. Do me a favour !![/p][/quote]loads of stuff about you all over the place lol biscuit dunker
  • Score: -1

12:00pm Thu 1 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

biscuit dunker wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
cupidstunt1976 wrote: Anyone see the British National Party election broadcast last night? I was in the pub when it came on the telly and all the other pubbers were saying they would vote for them as what they said made a lot of common sense So much for Gypo Joe claiming they were "finished" and that they would not be allowed a prime time Tv election broadcast! Looks like the only one who`s finished is resident moron Gypo Joe the serial liar lol
Another user name from the News Shoppers very own village idiot. Like the 'pubbers' you associate with have any brains. Do me a favour !!
loads of stuff about you all over the place lol
and you sonny, if only ya knew where to look.

Run along little man.
[quote][p][bold]biscuit dunker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cupidstunt1976[/bold] wrote: Anyone see the British National Party election broadcast last night? I was in the pub when it came on the telly and all the other pubbers were saying they would vote for them as what they said made a lot of common sense So much for Gypo Joe claiming they were "finished" and that they would not be allowed a prime time Tv election broadcast! Looks like the only one who`s finished is resident moron Gypo Joe the serial liar lol[/p][/quote]Another user name from the News Shoppers very own village idiot. Like the 'pubbers' you associate with have any brains. Do me a favour !![/p][/quote]loads of stuff about you all over the place lol[/p][/quote]and you sonny, if only ya knew where to look. Run along little man. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 190

10:26am Fri 2 May 14

cupidstunt1976 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
biscuit dunker wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
cupidstunt1976 wrote: Anyone see the British National Party election broadcast last night? I was in the pub when it came on the telly and all the other pubbers were saying they would vote for them as what they said made a lot of common sense So much for Gypo Joe claiming they were "finished" and that they would not be allowed a prime time Tv election broadcast! Looks like the only one who`s finished is resident moron Gypo Joe the serial liar lol
Another user name from the News Shoppers very own village idiot. Like the 'pubbers' you associate with have any brains. Do me a favour !!
loads of stuff about you all over the place lol
and you sonny, if only ya knew where to look. Run along little man.
Got a thing about the leader of the British National Party havnt you? i bet you got his picture on your wall and you secretly lick and kiss his face dont you?
Lol
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]biscuit dunker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cupidstunt1976[/bold] wrote: Anyone see the British National Party election broadcast last night? I was in the pub when it came on the telly and all the other pubbers were saying they would vote for them as what they said made a lot of common sense So much for Gypo Joe claiming they were "finished" and that they would not be allowed a prime time Tv election broadcast! Looks like the only one who`s finished is resident moron Gypo Joe the serial liar lol[/p][/quote]Another user name from the News Shoppers very own village idiot. Like the 'pubbers' you associate with have any brains. Do me a favour !![/p][/quote]loads of stuff about you all over the place lol[/p][/quote]and you sonny, if only ya knew where to look. Run along little man.[/p][/quote]Got a thing about the leader of the British National Party havnt you? i bet you got his picture on your wall and you secretly lick and kiss his face dont you? Lol cupidstunt1976
  • Score: -1000

11:30am Fri 2 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Griffin is yesterdays man boi. Just like you and the Burgess Hill plank full of pizz and wind, all gob and hot air.

Joi boi is on FB now, all over dah Shopper, names you and slap head. Nice pics of me and Mrs G in our Sunday bestist.

Oh my sides boi.
Griffin is yesterdays man boi. Just like you and the Burgess Hill plank full of pizz and wind, all gob and hot air. Joi boi is on FB now, all over dah Shopper, names you and slap head. Nice pics of me and Mrs G in our Sunday bestist. Oh my sides boi. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 60

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