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Goodbye Griffin

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The United Kingdom may still be part of the European Parliament, whilst the wait continues for an upcoming referendum, yet one man who will no longer be associated with the continental organisation is the British National Party’s very own, Nick Griffin.

The party leader lost his place as an MEP, four years after winning two seats in the European Parliament.
Many voters seem to have switched from the right-winged group to the rapidly growing UKIP party, which made huge gains at the recent local elections.

OUT: British National Party leader, Nick Griffin, has been ejected from the European Parliament after losing his seat as an MEP

OUT: British National Party leader, Nick Griffin, has been ejected from the European Parliament after losing his seat as an MEP

After six months on taxpayer-funded severance pay, Mr Griffin said he intended to campaign in the region once more and slammed Nigel Farage’s party for being too soft.

“I've lost count of the number I've spoken to who say, ‘We really like the BNP but we are voting UKIP because there is more chance they will stop immigration and send them all home’,” he told Sky News.

“As there is not a hope in hell of that, people are going to be very disappointed when they find out what UKIP really stands for and that huge vote is going to come back to us.

“Most of the voters are what the liberal elite call ‘racist’ - they want immigration stopped for good, the whole lot of them. They think they are going to get that with UKIP. They are not.”

As an outgoing MEP Mr Griffin will still receive a wage for the next six months and he says he hopes to use these funds with the BNP to campaign for support by setting up food banks exclusively for ‘our people’.

Asked whether the food banks would be open to black and Asian people, he added: “Our food banks are there for our own people. Do you know how many charities there are for the English in Britain? Just one.

“There are thousands for immigrants so I think their own charities can look after them, there are mosques that can look after them, I'm sure Labour councils will look after them.”

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Sworn in ceremony

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Bangladesh's new government was finally sworn in on Sunday 12th January, a week after the ruling party had won a turbulent election.

With the opposition party boycotting the votes, there were a host of international calls for a fresh and inclusive poll which never occured.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ‘Awami League’ ended with more than two-thirds of seats in a contest that was shunned by international observers as flawed and derided as a farce by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

With fewer than half the seats contested, the outcome was never in doubt, much like last week’s referendum vote in Egypt.

LEADER: Incumbent Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, was sworn back into power last weekend after a landslide victory during violent elections

LEADER: Incumbent Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, was sworn back into power last weekend after a landslide victory during violent elections

The new cabinet were sworn in on Sunday afternoon, with Hasina, 64, taking oath as Prime Minister for the third term.

The BNP, led by former premier and Hasina's bitter rival Begum Khaleda Zia, said the new government was not legitimate, but an ‘autocratic dictatorial government devoid of the representation of the people’.

On Saturday, Khaleda, left her residence for a meeting with Chinese Ambassador Lee Jung after two weeks of under virtual ‘house arrest’, which the government denied.

Mashiur Rahman, an adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the week prior that Khaleda had been prevented from leaving her residence because she had called on activists to carry out violence to resist the election
Both heirs to political dynasties, Hasina and Khaleda have alternated as prime minister for all but two of the past 22 years.

The United States has called on the new government and opposition to engage in immediate dialogue to find a way to hold ‘free, fair, peaceful, and credible’ elections as soon as possible.

Hasina has vowed tougher action in a bid to end violence that is also threatening the country's $22billion garment export industry. Nearly 150 people were killed in election violence in recent months.

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