BNP supports ‘firm incentives’ for non-white Britons to leave their homeland 29 May 2009: Bolton-born Olympic boxing hero Amir Khan walked behind the Union Flag for his professional debut. But British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin wants him to leave Britain.
His assertion has resulted in the joining of hands by celebrities from across the region against the party. Griffin – whose party wants to create ‘firm incentives’ for non-white Britons to leave their homeland – dismissed claims that the policy would strip the country of talent.
Referring to Khan, he added: "Perhaps we will lose one good boxer, but there are more important things."
Reacting to the development, 22-year-old boxer once said: "I’ve always felt completely British. I loved making the British people happy in Athens [where he won Olympic silver], and I still do.
"Those of us from different ethnic backgrounds, like Lewis Hamilton and myself, are carrying the flag for Britain by doing our thing, being ourselves and wanting to become world champions."
His dad, Shah Khan, said: "At the end of the day I think everyone should be treated equally – regardless of the colour of their skin."
The BNP is targeting the north west of England as it seeks to win a seat in the European elections next month. Griffin is the party’s top candidate in our region.
Meanwhile, Labour MP Frank Field and Conservative Nicholas Soames have teamed up to encourage the mainstream parties to tackle legitimate concerns about immigration.
The two are spearheading a campaign for a ‘balanced’ policy. That would mean the total number of people allowed to settle in the country would be brought into line with the numbers leaving.
In a letter to the MEN, the MPs said: "Our concern is that the issue that is bothering many people right across the country, and especially in England, is immigration – and the beneficiaries will be the BNP.
"On immigration, there is now a dangerous political vacuum. Terrified of being accused as ‘racists’, politicians from the main political parties have shied away from talking honestly about what is happening to our country. And so enters, stage right, the loathsome BNP, hissing hate.
"People are deeply and justifiably concerned about how immigration is changing our country.
"Does this mean that immigration is a bad thing? Of course not. For centuries immigrants, arriving in small numbers, have made a disproportionate contribution to our society, and many thousands continue to do so.