Home Secretary urged to ban Hungarian nationalist visit

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gabor Vona, chairman of Hungary's far-right Jobbik party, delivers a speech in Budapest last year. Credit: Reuters

The Home Secretary has been urged to stop an extreme Hungarian nationalist party from hosting a gathering in London this weekend.

London Assembly member Andrew Dismore has written to Theresa May demanding that Gabor Vona, the leader of the right-wing party Jobbik, is banned from holding the event.

Mr Vona has denied claims by campaign group Hope Not Hate that he is meeting members of Greece's Golden Dawn party - who have openly expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler - and the British National Party (BNP) on Sunday.

Earlier this month, BNP leader Nick Griffin told the Associated Press that his party was likely to forge an alliance with the two parties after the European Parliament elections in in May.


(Note: As part of Jobbik's European-wide election campaign, party President Gábor Vona visits London this Sunday. As Vona announced in his state of the nation address this weekend, in the coming weeks Jobbik politicians will hit the road to visit cities across Europe to introduce Jobbik's election program to Hungarian communities living outside of the country. Jobbik issued a statement making crystal clear that Vona's London visit is an election related event and the president has no plan to use the occasion to meet representatives of any political party.)


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