28 February 2008

Mayor threatens legal action against BNP

The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has told the British National Party it could face legal action if it continues to publish leaflets called The Londoner'.

The British National Party is distributing a leaflet across London, misleadingly titled The Londoner'.

The front cover features the headline The changing face of London' with a photograph of Asian women and the words Is this what you really want?'

The Mayor publishes a monthly newspaper called The Londoner' which is distributed to homes throughout London.

The Greater London Authority has been the registered owner of The Londoner' trademark since 2002 and the British National Party has blatantly disregarded the rights of the GLA.

A legal letter to the British National Party states: "The GLA believes that you are intentionally trading on the goodwill of the GLA in the trademark of The Londoner' by using a trademark which is confusingly similar to The Londoner' and that the use of the trademark, does, or is intended to, confuse or mislead members of the public."

The letter demands that the British National Party cease and desist from using the trademark and remove from circulation any publication using The Londoner'.

The Mayor Ken Livingstone said: "The Londoner has been published for eight years and is a well-known newspaper across the capital.

"It is a disgrace that the BNP has deliberately chosen to trade on our good name by calling its outrageous propaganda The Londoner.

"Londoners should be clear that there is absolutely no link between the newspaper they receive each month and this offensive BNP leaflet."

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