Far-right politics

More than 5,000 members of anti-Islam group join U.K.'s Conservative Party

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Supporters of Britain First take part in the March Against Terrorism on April 01, 2017 in London. Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Im / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

More than 5,000 of the 7,500 members of the openly anti-Islam extremist group Britain First have joined the U.K.'s Conservative Party in the wake of Boris Johnson's landslide election victory this month, The Guardian reports.

The big picture: Johnson has faced criticism for his past writings comparing veiled Muslim women to "letterboxes" and "bank robbers," and was pressured during a leadership debate in June to agree to an independent investigation into widespread Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.

Far-right group occupies Mar-a-Lago for banquet

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Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Center for Security Policy, a far-right group that warns Islamists are infiltrating the U.S. government, will host a banquet Saturday at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Fla., the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Many members of Mar-a-Lago have left since Trump's presidency began, and now Trump loyalists dominate the club. These groups support the president's right-leaning politics by renting out its ballrooms for lavish private events.