The big lie

BBC NEWS | England | London | Murder claim politician faces ban

The BBC reports that a London Assembly member from the British National Party may be banned from the council for six months after being found to have made up details of murders in east London in a YouTube propaganda video:

Richard Barnbrook, also a councillor for Barking and Dagenham, claimed in a video three people had been murdered in the borough in three weeks.

But figures from police and fellow councillors revealed there were no serious attacks weeks before the video.

A Greater London Authority (GLA) report said Mr Barnbrook had “showed wilful disregard for the truth”.

Mr Barnbrook will hear later about the penalty he faces for the claims.

In the video he said: “In Barking and Dagenham alone three weeks ago, there was a murder of a young girl. We don’t know who’s done it, her girlfriend was attacked inside an educational institute.

“Again, two weeks ago there was another attack by knives on the streets of Barking and Dagenham where two people were murdered.” …

In his defence, Mr Barnbrook said, in the first claim, the person was killed outside the area in Newham and details had “come out wrong”.

He also said he spoke “too soon” about the other two “murders”, as the victims were on life support at the time.

Here is some background on the BNP’s fondness for “big lies”.

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