BNP GLA Member Richard Barnbrook drops party whip to sit as an independent member..
He states: "Over the last few months allegations of serious wrong doing concerning senior British National Party officials have been spread both within and outside the British National Party.
I do not know the truth or otherwise of these allegations.
These allegations have the potential to cause major political damage to the parties future electoral prospects unless they are investigated and revealed to be false.
I was elected as a London Wide Member to serve the constituencies of Londoners who feel that the establishment political parties do not represent them or their interests.
I have a duty to put their interests and the interests of the British National Party first.
For over a decade I have been a loyal member of the British National Party.
I still am one of the most loyal and dedicated members of the British National Party.
This is why I have decided to take this course of action.
The serious nature of these allegations are such that they must be the subject of an internal independent and transparent BNP investigation to ascertain the truth or otherwise of the allegations.
I have decided therefore that until these allegations are investigated fully by an independent panel of British National Party officers and members and are revealed as either true or false, that I cannot continue to represent the BNP in the Greater London Assembly.
I am therefore resigning the BNP whip with immediate effect and will now sit as an independent member of the London Assembly.
I am not resigning my British National Party membership.
I remain a loyal British National Party member and continue to serve the party and its members that I hold so dear to my heart.
Once this internal and independent British National Party investigation reports back its findings, and I can go back to my constituents and fellow party members and report that the allegations are not true, then I will immediately recommence representing the British National Party on the GLA.
I will not be making any public comment on the nature of these allegations to the media as they relate to legal issues that must remain confidential in order not to compromise the investigation.
I will not be making any further comments to the media on this issue, or any issues related to the investigation, until the independent and fully transparent internal BNP investigation has reported back its findings.
Richard Barnbrook AM.
Independent member of the Great London Authority. "