BNP leader Nick Griffin in EU group at climate meeting
Published 30/11/2009 | 04:53
BNP leader Nick Griffin in set to represent the European Parliament at the EU climate change conference in Copenhagen, the party said yesterday.
Mr Griffin, who sits on the European Parliament's environment, public health and food safety committee, hopes to expose the “somewhat dodgy” science behind the climate change movement, a BNP spokesman said.
The party claims his presence at such a high-profile event is a major publicity coup which will show the BNP is not just obsessed with race and immigration.
But the potential for him to make an impact at the summit, which will be attended by world leaders including Gordon Brown, was played down by the Green Party's Caroline Lucas, who said he would not have the right to address the conference.
A BNP spokesman said Mr Griffin “will be the only politician there prepared to say that the science is somewhat dodgy”.
The spokesman said: “It is a global Marxist mantra that is going to be used to beat people around the head, tax us to the hilt, smash nations and impose a one world government.”
But Ms Lucas said: “He is one of a number of members of the European Parliament who will go on a delegation. He won't get the right to speak.”
Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said: “Nick Griffin's views on climate change are irresponsible and wrong.”
And Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne, a former MEP, said: “The crying shame is that he is representing Europe at a key summit for the future of humanity, when he does not even concede that man-made climate change exists.”