The Police Federation has denied that Richard Barnbrook, the BNP candidate in the election for Mayor of London, was invited to march at the head of the police demonstration over pay on 23 January. It has issued the following statement:
The Police Federation of England and Wales did not invite the BNP London mayoral candidate to our march on 23 January 2008.
In fact we did not even recognise him or realise he was there until it was brought to our attention.
However, as the march was in a public place it would have been inappropriate to have asked him to leave, especially as one of the other London mayoral candidates was present.
At the conclusion of the march we held a rally at Central Methodist Hall. This was by invitation only and the BNP mayoral candidate was not invited and therefore could not attend.
Police officers are prohibited from being members of the BNP and we have gone on record numerous times saying that many of the policies and statements BNP promote are incompatible with the execution of duty by the independent Office of Constable.
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