The far-right British National party has agreed to change its constitution to allow non-white people to join, it emerged today.
The BNP confirmed it would consider changes to its rules and membership criteria after the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched county court proceedings against the party's leader, Nick Griffin, and two other party officials: Simon Darby and Tanya Jane Lumby.
Robin Allen QC, counsel for the commission, said Griffin had agreed to present members with a revised constitution at its general meeting next month.
He added that the party had agreed not to accept any new members until the new constitution was in place.
John Wadham, group director legal at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: "We are pleased that the party has conceded this case and agreed to all of the commission's requirements. Political parties, like any other organisation are obliged to respect the law and not discriminate against people.
"It is unfortunate that the BNP spent several months before conceding and dealing properly with our legal requirements. We will be monitoring the BNP's compliance with this court order on membership, and its other legal obligations, including to its constituents."
The Central London county court heard Griffin would be given 10 days to submit a signed undertaking confirming the proposed changes.
Somehow, the fact that the BNP had to be legally forced to be less racist only makes it more racist, don't you think?