The Metropolitan Police have denied the BNP permission to march from Woolwich to the Lewisham Islamic Centre on Saturday. They have been ordered instead to march along Whitehall in central London only.
Instead of marching from Woolwich Barracks to the Lewisham Islamic Centre the route will take place between Old Palace Yard and the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
The BNP march and rally must take place between 1300 and 1600 on Saturday.
The murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich last week shocked our city. The right to protest is a fundamental part of our society, however, such an evocative mix of views being expressed in communities still hurting from Lee's murder could have resulted in ugly scenes on our streets.
Those communities have made it clear to us the impact that groups expressing extreme views has upon them. We have listened to those concerns following Lee Rigby's murder, and we will keep working with all our communities.
We know that when groups with conflicting views come together it can create tension and disorder. What we have had to carefully consider is how to balance the right to protest with the negative impact on our communities and potential violence and disorder that may have resulted from these protests going ahead as they were suggested.
If you want to protest on Saturday we ask that you do so peacefully, no matter what your view. We will work with you to enable that protest to go ahead. What we will also do is fulfill our duty to prevent crime and keep peace on our streets.
The support we have received so far from Londoners has been outstanding, I would urge people to continue to show restraint and calm. We must continue to be a city that stands together.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the BNP will hold a rally through Whitehall on Saturday.
The BNP had applied to March from Woolwich Barracks to the Lewisham Islamic Centre, however police have said that due to:
"The information and intelligence available to the MPS meant that it was necessary to impose the conditions to prevent the demonstration from resulting in serious disorder, serious damage to property, and/or serious disruption to the life of the community."
Police also said that the march must only take place between 1pm and 4pm.
The British National Party has lost its only county council seat, as it plunged to last place in defence of a division in Lancashire.
BNP candidate Paul Robinson polled 358 votes in Padiham and Burnley West, a seat won by the party's Sharon Wilkinson in 2009.
The party still has two borough councillors in England, one each on Charnwood and Pendle councils. Labour claimed the Lancashire County Council seat today by a majority of almost 1,000, beating the Conservatives into second place and the Liberal Democrats into third.
"I was very angry in the way in which left-wing political activists and a minority of gay activists are working with left-wing judges to use the Human Rights Act to persecute ordinary people, especially Christians.
"I most definitely didn’t post a menacing message and there’s nothing inciteful [sic]. I said that we’d be holding a demonstration on behalf of everybody including gay people to decide who they have and don’t have in their homes. I don’t think that could be described as menacing.
"I only regret that we haven’t so far found the address of the judge who made that outrageous judgement because when we do we’ll be looking at a demonstration somewhere near that."