White Supremacist Invited to Queen's Garden Party

Brits outraged at prospect of leader of whites-only party having tea with royals
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2009 6:15 AM CDT
Nick Griffin, leader of the whites-only British National Party, was convicted of inciting racial hatred after he distributed material denying the Holocaust. He'll soon be off for tea with the queen.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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(Newser) – The convicted leader of a far-right political party is heading to the queen's summer tea party at Buckingham Palace, and Brits are furious, reports the Daily Mail. A member of the whites-only British National Party was given an invitation because of his place on the London Assembly. He decided to make party leader Nick Griffin—who has a conviction for inciting racial hatred—his guest.

"It is astonishing that somebody with a criminal conviction for race crimes could be allowed to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace," said a Labour member of Parliament. Palace officials—who stress that the queen played no direct role in choosing the guests—are believed to be scrutinizing the guest list for potential security risks.