forcibly ejected Times investigations editor Dominic Kennedy from the press conference called to announce it was changing its constitution to allow black and Asian people to become members.
The decision came at an extraordinary general meeting in Essex that was called after a court ordered the far-right party to comply with race relations laws.
The Times journalist was bundled out of the press conference shortly before Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, was due to speak. A party official objected to a profile which had appeared in the newspaper at the weekend.
The Times said it had been invited by Simon Darby, the party's press officer, with other media, to hear Griffin describe the constitutional changes.
The paper claimed: "After The Times tried to explain that the newspaper had been officially invited into the building, the BNP's security staff lifted and shoved its reporter out of the building, grabbing his nose. A punch was also thrown by security staff and the reporter was flung at a parked car outside."
Griffin was reported as saying The Times had lied about the party. He said: “Because he is from The Times, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, and it lies and it lies and it lies about this party. So he was told ’we’re sorry, you told one lie too many’, The Times, so we are not allowing anyone from The Times in – kindly leave. He refused to leave when he was asked so he had to be encouraged to leave.”
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