Everything you need to know about the extreme right-wing National Action Group


Controversial organisation the National Action Group has hit the headlines. Here's everything you need to know to keep up to date with recent developments.

What is the National Action Group?

Police surround members of National Action as they intervened in Liverpool to protect its members as the group cancelled its
Police intervene to protect members of National Action as the group cancels its "White Man March" following counter-protests (Peter Byrne/PA)

It's a neo-Nazi movement for young people that claims to be on a "mission to save our race and generation". On its website, National Action presents itself as a "scene for young nationalists to network, engage socially, and be creative".

It says: "We carry out demonstrations, publicity stunts, and other activities in order to grow and spread our message, that of National Socialism."

The group also boasts of cultivating a "tough image" to dissuade opponents from physical confrontation, while contesting the label as violent extremists.

Why is the organisation in the news?

Terrorism Act 2000
The group is illegal under the Terroism Act 2000 (Felipe Trueba/PA)

It is the first extreme right-wing group to be banned as a terrorist organisation by the Government.

An order laid in Parliament on Monday to proscribe National Action under the Terrorism Act 2000 is due to come into effect on Friday morning.

This means that being a member of, or inviting support for, the group is a criminal offence. Penalties for a proscription offence range from a fine to 10 years in prison.

Why has this move been made?

Jo Cox
The move follows Thomas Mair's conviction for the murder of MP Jo Cox (Matt Dunham/AP)

National Action is being proscribed as it has been assessed to be "concerned in terrorism".

The Home Secretary decided to ban National Action before the trial of Thomas Mair, who was convicted of and jailed for the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.

The phrase "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain!" - which was said by Mair in court - appears alongside the listing for National Action's website on Google. In the wake of Mair's conviction, warnings emerged that there were signs the terror threat from the extreme right could be growing.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said last month that groups had become "increasingly sophisticated" in the use of social media for promotion and for recruitment. About a quarter of the cases being handled by the Government's counter-extremism programme Channel are for right-wing radicalisation.

What is the Government's stance on the group?

Amber Rudd
Amber Rudd has condemned the group (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Announcing the move, Rudd described National Action as a "racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation".

She said: "As Home Secretary, I am clear that the safety and security of our families, communities and country comes first. So today I am taking action to proscribe the neo-Nazi group National Action.

"This will mean that being a member of, or inviting support for, this organisation will be a criminal offence.

"National Action is a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology, and I will not stand for it. It has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone."