British National Party conference cancelled after hate mail from MP Eric Joyce
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British National Party conference cancelled after hate mail from MP Eric Joyce

Falkirk : United Kingdom | Mar 20, 2011 at 9:28 AM PDT
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British National Party Scottish conference has been stopped by Hate mail from MP Eric Joyce, the Labour MP for Falkirk.

Mr Joyce posted instructions on his blog telling people to email the hotel's general manager to request that he "refuse bookings from the British National Party".

One commenter on Mr Joyce's blog wrote that he had spread his message around on social networking sites, and another boasted of sending a "threatening email" to the hotel.

Eric Joyce, who was the first MP to claim more than £1 million in parliamentary expenses, commented on the decision to cancel the event as "awesome" and "brilliant". He also told one commenter on Twitter who respectfully questioned whether his actions were a sign of "a healthy democracy" to "grow up".

British National Party Scotland Press Officer David Orr reported that Paul Bray, general manager of MacDonald Hotels' Inchyra Grange hotel in Falkirk, where the manifesto was set to be launched, phoned him just after 5 p.m. yesterday to tell him that the event was cancelled and that the Party would no longer be welcome at the hotel.

Mr Bray had received phone calls threatening him with loss of future business if the conference went ahead, Mr Orr said. " it was a clear case of discrimination: "If this had been a Muslim event or any other gathering of religion or ethnic minorities, this would result in criminal charges being brought on a ‘hate crime'. Mr Or commented.

Whatever you think of the British National Party it is clearly wrong for a competing political party (such as the Labour party) to interfer by using Hate Mail in a perfectly legitimate conference.

What has happened to Democracy and the Rule of Common sense?

spiked story is based in London, England, United Kingdom, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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