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Hain: BNP hit 'the big time'

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Welsh Secretary Peter Hain has said he is relieved that Thursday night's Question Time exposed the BNP as what he called a racist party with Fascist roots.

However Mr Hain, who led a campaign to debar Nick Griffin from appearing on the BBCs flagship political panel programme, said that the decision by the BBC to allow Mr Griffin a platform was wrong and that the BNP had gained enormous exposure.

Mr Hain said he was disturbed by signs that Nick Griffin's appearance on the show might increase the BNP's membership.

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