Christian Council of Britain
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The Christian Council of Britain (CCoB) is an organisation founded by Robert West. While the CCoB claims to be "an independent, non-political organisation autonomous of any political party in Britain," it is closely associated with the British National Party, and West has been described as the BNP's religious affairs spokesman.
The Times has stated that West is "an ordained elder" of the Apostolic Church; however, the church denies knowledge of him and has distanced itself from his views. In 2006 West, then a Conservative Party councillor, was suspended from the Party after Lincoln's Race Equality Council expressed concerns over his links with the BNP. BBC News subsequently reported that he had set up his own church, based in a house in Holbeach, to preach "traditional Bible beliefs". He later stood as a BNP candidate in the 2009 Norwich North by-election and in Lincoln during the General election of 2010, losing his deposit in both cases.
The Christian Council of Britain has been criticised by a number of mainline British Christian organisations, who claim that "Christian belief is incompatible with any political party or philosophy that is based on hatred or treats people as inferior because of their race, beliefs or for any other reason" and argue against the CCoB's theological views on the separation of races.
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He has set up his own church, based in a house in Holbeach, to preach "traditional Bible beliefs"."
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- "No connection to the "Christian Council of Britain"". Church of England. 5 April 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
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- "Countering political extremism at the ballot box". Baptist Union of Great Britain, The Methodist Church, The United Reformed Church. Retrieved 27 May 2013.