Disorder at Broadcasting House

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Richard Barnbrook
British National Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor condemn the disgraceful violence and disorder perpetrated by the Unite Against Fascism organisation outside the BBC's Broadcasting House following Mr Nick Griffin's lawful invitation onto that evening's Question Time programme? This behaviour resulted in three police officers being injured. Many politicians and public figures are signatories to this UAF organisation. And will the Mayor ask the Commissioner of the MPS to ban such an assembly should the BBC invite Mr Griffin onto the show at some future date?


Answer for Disorder at Broadcasting House

Answer for Disorder at Broadcasting House

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The disorder was actually outside Television Centre, not Broadcasting House. I believe that it was counter-productive in the fight against the offensive views of Nick Griffin and the BNP. It diverted the media's interest away from scrutinising the unpleasantness of Mr. Griffin's party and only succeeded in giving him even more publicity. I have no intention of banning legal protests against the BNP. I believe in the freedom of speech.