Author: By Ellen Branagh, Press Association
Preston Wiginton was turned back at Heathrow Airport when he arrived for the
party’s Red, White and Blue Festival in Derbyshire, which starts today.
A UK Border Agency spokesman said Mr Wiginton was turned back at Heathrow
Airport and sent back to New York as it was believed his presence in the UK
could stir up racial tension.
He said he could not confirm reports that Mr Wiginton, who has links with BNP
leader Nick Griffin, was due to speak at the festival.
A Home Office spokesman said: “The Government opposes extremism in all its
forms and we will prevent those who want to spread extremism, hatred and
violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.”
Today the BNP denied reports that Mr Wiginton was due to speak at the festival.
Deputy leader Simon Darby said: “I know Preston, he is an American chap. He
came to last year’s Red, White and Blue and was coming to this year’s but
they wouldn’t let him in for some reason.
“He wasn’t coming to speak.”
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