Nationalist party Britain First banned from meeting in Chesterfield venue amid public disorder fears

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A far-right political party has been banned from holding a conference in Chesterfield due to "the risk of public disorder", it has emerged tonight.

Britain First had booked a Chesterfield Borough Council venue for its seven-hour meeting next Saturday.

But in a letter to the nationalist party's leader Paul Golding, the council's chief executive Huw Bowen said: "I am writing to advise you that a decision has been taken to cancel this booking because of the risk of public disorder. Your fee of £379 will be credited to your account."

In a Facebook post, Mr Golding said: "Just like our war heroes fought for freedom and justice against tyranny, we find ourselves in the same boat on Remembrance weekend of all weekends.

"Britain First is a fighting movement with bulldog spirit - our movement never surrenders or backs down."

He urged supporters to "chip in" in order to raise £5,000 so that "on Monday morning our legal representatives can pounce on the council".

Britain First campaigns primarily against mass immigration, multiculturalism and what it sees as the Islamisation of the United Kingdom and advocates the preservation of traditional British culture.

The party was formed in 2011 by members of the British National Party.