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UK — Office Angels found staff for BNP call centre

22 October 2009

An employment agency has admitted supplying staff to a Belfast call centre working for the far-right British National Party, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Office Angels confirmed a short-lived association with the Belfast operation in a brief statement and went on to say "Since discovering that AdLorries was a third party supplier to the BNP, we immediately withdrew our associates and terminated our contractual agreement with them.",

The revelation comes ahead of BNP leader Nick Griffin's controversial appearance on BBC1's Question Time tonight.

The call centre working for the party is based in Dundonald, East Belfast and is run by a company called AdLorries. It is understood it currently deals mostly with membership administration.

The recruitment agency connection has been made public by a trade union body and an organisation representing ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland. It followed an investigation by the anti-fascist group Searchlight.
The Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities have issued a joint call for an investigation on employment agencies becoming inadvertently linked to the BNP.

They pointed out that employment policies which mirrored the party's policies would be illegal under anti-discrimination law.

The groups said an investigation should be conducted by the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland and the Department for Employment and Learning.

A BNP source said "this is just the trade unions trying to intimidate respectable companies from doing work for a legal party who one million people voted for."



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