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Getting a party account with HSBC is no banker

PUBLISHED: 14:10 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 25 August 2010

BRITISH National Party (BNP) members will have been sweating after their list was revealed last week, but it appears the heat is now on for all flag-wavers.

BRITISH National Party (BNP) members will have been sweating after their 'list' was revealed last week, but it appears the heat is now on for all flag-wavers.

Bexley members of the English Democrat Party, a group who want to see England out of the EU, recently encountered a bout of anti-nationalism at the bank.

When Laurence Williams, chair of the English Democrats' Bexley branch, went to open a bank account at HSBC he was told "no chance" by the manager.

This is despite the English Democrats having various party accounts across the UK with HSBC.

Perhaps the bank staff confused the hapless devolution devotee for a more right-wing BNP member.

Mr Williams said: "Being an English Democrat in my mind is no different from being a Welsh or Scots nationalist, just ask Sir Sean Connery!"

Bizarrely Mr Williams is Welsh, yet still leads 30 Bexley members in complaining that the English lose huge sums of money by supporting Scotland and being a part of the EU.

The fringe party is generally accepted as being more interested in driving wedges between nations rather than creeds.

Predictably HSBC would not comment on the potentially embarrassing case.

A spokesperson for HSBC told Times diary that a comment could not possibly be made on an individual case.

She added: "All accounts and clients at HSBC are dealt with on a case by case basis."

HSSBC staff eventually told Mr Williams to try Barclays - we're not sure what that says about them.

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