Billy Mackenzie named as BNP member

Reigning MX1 motocross champ "signed up over war on terror campaign"

MOTOCROSS STAR Billy Mackenzie has been named as a member of the BNP after a list of those who have joined the party was leaked online.

The story was reported in The Independent, naming the reigning MX1 UK champ as a member of the right-wing organisation. The paper said:

"...It emerged that one of the country's top young motor racing stars, Billy Mackenzie, was a BNP member. The 24-year-old is the UK's reigning MX1 motocross champion, and was described on the list as an "activist" and a "high-profile sportsman". Mr Mackenzie rides for Honda and has represented Great Britain. He is regarded as among the world's leading talents in the sport. Honda stood by the rider, insisting he was not an "active member" of the BNP and would do nothing to embarrass the company.

A spokeswoman said: "He decided to pay the annual subscription after the war on terror, which was something he felt strongly about." Mr Mackenzie, from East Lothian, could not be contacted last night."