Church to discipline clergy who support far-right parties

BNP leader Nick Griffin lost his European Parliament seat last month. Credit: PA

The Church of England may dismiss clergy if they back political parties promoting the "sin of racism", its bishops agreed today.

William Fittall, secretary general of the Church's General Synod, said they would be disciplined if they joined or sought support for the British National Party or National Front, whose views the Church considers incompatible with its teachings.

It is the first time Church of England clergy have been banned from joining a political party.