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The party likes to keep itself in the headlines. Panorama kept a record of newspaper coverage that the BNP had received over the summer months.

In one week alone, the party received almost daily press attention. One example was the visit Nick Griffin made to Scotland in July.

Tensions had been running high for weeks between local residents and groups of newly arrived asylum seekers in the Sighthill area of Glasgow. This was to be the place where a Kurdish refugee was stabbed to death.

The BNP circulated leaflets condemning the Government's policy on asylum seekers. The following week, the Daily Record was tipped off that Nick Griffin was to pay a visit to Sighthill.

He claims that it was the journalist's "invention" that he was going to Sighthill. He said, "the media picked it up and ran it."

Griffin was on a trip to Scotland at the time, but never visited the housing estate mentioned in the story. Nevertheless, the net result was banner headlines publicity for the BNP.

The party frequently uses cuttings from local newspapers for its news digest on the BNP info line. It particularly makes use of stories from local newspapers which refer to cases of white people as victims of violence.


The Sighthill estate
The BNP circulated leaflets in the Sighthill area
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