CoE Archbishops urge voters to shun BNP

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a joint appeal to voters not to vote for the BNP in the European elections. They seem concerned that the current scandal over expenses may play into the BNP’s hands. The BNP leader Nick Griffin rejected the archbishops’ call; Nick Clegg the Liberal Democrat leader told the BBC Politics Show that he believed in the separation of church and state, whilst Polly Toynbee, president of the British Humanists’ Association, insisted it was only right that the archbishops should be able to speak out.

This comes after the Church of England voted to ban clergy from membership of the BNP.

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