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Marmite legal action against BNP

Published 22/04/2010 | 14:02

Marmite are taking legal action after being featured in a BNP video
Marmite are taking legal action after being featured in a BNP video

Marmite is beginning legal action against the British National Party after an image of a Marmite jar was used on a political broadcast without its permission, the company said.

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The jar featured in the top left-hand corner of a video shown on the BNP's website.

The firm released a statement saying: "It has been brought to our attention that the British National Party has included a Marmite jar in a political broadcast shown currently online.

"We want to make it absolutely clear that Marmite did not give the BNP permission to use a pack shot of our product in their broadcast. Neither Marmite nor any other Unilever brand are aligned to any political party.

"We are currently initiating injunction proceedings against the BNP to remove the Marmite jar from the online broadcast and prevent them from using it in future."

The video was publicly available on the BNP's website on Thursday morning but now appears to have been removed.

The Marmite jar appeared in the top left hand corner of the screen when party leader Nick Griffin was addressing viewers in the BNP's general election broadcast.

It provoked mixed opinion from contributors to a messageboard beneath the video, with several calling for the logo to be ditched but others praising it as a "brilliant" way to attract publicity.

Current advertising for Marmite is based around the slogan "love it or hate it" - an idea the BNP appears to have been trying to adopt.

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