Former BNP chief Nick Griffin says he could vote Labour 'for the first time' over Syria stance

Posted On: 
10th April 2018

The former leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, has said he could back Labour because of Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on the Syrian chemical attack.

Nick Griffin was leader of the BNP until 2014
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The extreme right-winger, who has since been expelled by the BNP, said while the Government was set on a “psychotic rush to world war three”, the party could win his vote if Mr Corbyn “sticks to his guns”.

The Labour leader has so far refused to name Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad in his condemnation of the assault on Douma which killed dozens of civilians.

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Theresa May yesterday accused the Assad regime of "brutality" and said the Syrian president “will be held to account" if his Government is found to be responsible.

It comes weeks after Mr Corbyn was criticised for not pointing the finger at the Kremlin for the nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

Mr Griffin, a former MEP, tweeted that he could support Labour for the first time thanks to Mr Corbyn's position.

The BNP claimed just under one million votes across the UK at its peak in the 2009 European elections but has since been decimated.

Its policies included halting immigration into Britain, an end to the building of new mosques and the reintroduction of capital punishment.

Mr Corbyn previously branded the party “an organisation designed to bring about race hatred, racial discord in this country and disunity among working class people”.

The Labour party declined to comment on Mr Griffin's tweet.