The Church of England General Synod has passed a motion banning its clergy and lay staff, from being members of the British National Party (BNP). The motion was passed by 322 votes to 13, with 22 people abstaining.
The motion points to the policy used by the Association of Chief Police Officers, which prevents police officers from becoming members of the BNP or other organisations whose aims contradict the duty to promote race equality.
The motion was put forward by Vasantha Gnanadoss, who works for the Metropolitan police. She said the motion was needed to prevent parties like the BNP associating themselves with the Church and that a ban would also send a clear message against racial prejudice.