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BNP leader Nick Griffin to attend Royal party

BNP leader Nick Griffin is due to attend a Buckingham Palace garden party in defiance of left-wing activists.

The far-right politician is expected to be among the 8,000 guests at the event which will be hosted by the Queen and also attended by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Other members of the Royal Family who will be mingling on the palace's lawns include the Duke of York, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.

Mr Griffin's invitation, made in his capacity as an MEP, has caused outrage among anti-fascists.

Last summer, he was invited to a garden party as a guest of the BNP's London Assembly member Richard Barnbrook but decided not to attend following a public outcry.

But a BNP spokesman confirmed the party's leader would be attending the event.

A Unite Against Fascism spokesman said: "We are opposed to Nick Griffin appearing anywhere in public. Events like this help to make Nick Griffin and the BNP seem legitimate in the eyes of racist voters.

"The Queen does not just represent Britain but the Commonwealth. Her staff or whoever invited him really need to take a long, hard look at what this day represents - Nick Griffin and racists or multi-culturalism."

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "Approximately 8,000 guests attend each of the Queen's garden parties. People are nominated by a wide range of organisations who submit lists on a pre-arranged quota.

"Nick Griffin is automatically eligible for a Garden Party ticket as he is an elected Member of the European Parliament."

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