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Nick Griffin

Data de nascimento: 1. Março 1959

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Nicholas John Griffin is a British politician who represented North West England as a Member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014. He served as chairman and then president of the far-right British National Party from 1999 to 2014, when he was expelled from the party.

Born in Barnet, Griffin was educated at Woodbridge School in Suffolk. He joined the National Front at the age of 14 and, following his graduation from the University of Cambridge, became a political worker for the party. In 1980 he became a member of its governing body, and later wrote articles for several right-wing magazines. He was the National Front's candidate for the seat of Croydon North West in 1981 and 1983, but left the party in 1989. In 1995 he joined the BNP and in 1999 became its leader. He stood as the party's candidate in several elections and became a member of the European Parliament for North West England in the 2009 European elections.

In 1998, Griffin was convicted of distributing material likely to incite racial hatred, for which he received a suspended prison sentence. In 2006 he was acquitted of separate charges of inciting racial hatred. Griffin has been criticised for many of his comments on political, social, ethical and religious matters, but after becoming leader of the BNP he sought to distance himself from some of his previously held positions, which include Holocaust denial. In recent years, events where Griffin has been invited to participate in public debates or political discussions have proven controversial and often resulted in protests and cancellations.

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„We believe not just that our people are different from others, but that such genuine diversity is worth preserving. It is not a matter of 'superiority' or 'inferiority'.“

— Nick Griffin
[http://web.archive.org/web/20030605150634/http://www.bnp.org.uk/articles/race_reality.htm Nick Griffin, The BNP: Anti-asylum protest, racist sect or power-winning movement?]

„[The Koran is] not a religious book, but a manual for conquering other people's countries.“

— Nick Griffin
[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8629615.stm Nick Griffin: 'I'm not anti-Muslim, I'm anti-Islam', BBC (19 April 2010)]

„Yes. There is a wider range of takeaway food. That's it.“

— Nick Griffin
Nick Griffin, The Battle for Barking. When asked if there was anything good about immigration.

„Western values, freedom of speech, democracy and rights for women are incompatible with Islam, which is a cancer eating away at our freedoms and our democracy and rights for our women and something needs to be done about it.“

— Nick Griffin
[http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/politics/domestic_politics/bnpaposs+griffin+islam+is+a+cancer/3257872.html "BNP's Griffin: Islam is a cancer", by Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News (9 July 2009)]

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„I do not just believe I am right, I know I am right.“

— Nick Griffin
From an article in The Guardian, may 2000.

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