What is Britain First, who are Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen and what does the far right political party believe in?


BRITAIN First claims to be a “patriotic political party” but its far-right views have attracted widespread condemnation.

Now as its leaders are facing accusations of religiously aggravated harassment, we profile the group.

 Scores of police officers are deployed to keep the peace at Britain First demonstrations as they are met by counter-protesters

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Scores of police officers are deployed to keep the peace at Britain First demonstrations as they are met by counter-protesters

What is Britain First?

A far-right and British nationalist political party formed in 2011 by anti-abortion campaigner Jim Dowson and Paul Golding.

The group opposes mass immigration but says it is not racist but a loyalist movement.

They have held “Christian patrols” and “invasions” of British mosques, but have now been banned from entering any such building.

Its Facebook page has 1.9million “likes”, but their social media posts including praising a terrorist mosque attack in Finsbury Park, London, have attracted condemnation.

The group’s Twitter account is withheld in Germany.

 Former Britain First leader Paul Golding, pictured with deputy leader Jayda Fransen

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Former Britain First leader Paul Golding, pictured with deputy leader Jayda Fransen

Who is Paul Golding?

The former leader, 35, recently stepped down from the Britain First for what he called family reasons.

Golding, 35, was elected as a British National Party councillor for Swanley in Kent, in 2009.

Two years later he stepped down after moving, accused of “doing nothing” for his constituents.

Soon after he helped set up right-wing group Britain First.

He also suffered a heavy defeat when he ran as the party’s candidate in this year’s London mayoral election.

 Pro Green has been spotted talking to Britain First acting leader Jayda Fransen  at a rally in Rochdale

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Pro Green has been spotted talking to Britain First acting leader Jayda Fransen  at a rally in Rochdale

Who is Jayda Fransen?

The 31-year-old, from south east London, took over as acting party leader after Golding stepped down.

Fransen and Golding were charged with causing religiously aggravated harassment on September 20.

They were arrested in May over the alleged distribution of leaflets in Kent to the east of London, and online videos they posted during a court trial.

The case involved a number a Muslim men who were later convicted of rape.

 Hundreds turned out for a rally in Rochdale in July 2017

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Hundreds turned out for a rally in Rochdale in July 2017

What does the far right political party believe in?

The group’s mission statement reads: “Our policies are pro-British, our approach is no-nonsense and our principles are not open to compromise.

“Britain First is a patriotic political party and street movement that opposes and fights the many injustices that are routinely inflicted on the British people.

“We want our people to come first, before foreigners, asylum seekers or migrants and we are overtly proud of this stance.

“We want British jobs for British workers and will make sure that our workers come first.

“We will restore Christianity as the bedrock and foundation of our national life as it has been for the last one thousand years.

“We will make Britain a beautiful country once again where you can leave your door unlocked and your children can play in the streets.”

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