Who runs the British National Party

British National Party

The British National Party (BNP) (GermanBritish National Party) is a far-right party in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1982 and has almost 12,000 members. Since February 15, 2010, due to a court ruling, party membership is no longer officially reserved for whites.[1]


The BNP split from the National Front in the 1980s. The main focus of their party program is the demand for all colored immigrants to be returned to their home countries. The founder and long-time chairman of the right-wing extremist party was John Tyndall (1927-2005), who in 1976 also chaired the National Front. He has been sentenced several times for incitement to racial hatred and illicit gun possession. He established contacts with numerous right-wing extremist groups and parties outside the United Kingdom and tried to create a basis for cooperation.

On September 17, 1993, a BNP politician was elected to the local council for the first time in Millwall, east London. This led to massive resistance from militant anti-fascist groups. The Anti-Fascist Action (AFA), dominated by former Trotskyists, also used violence against the BNP supporters. Regular street battles broke out at various events on both sides.

There is also evidence of contacts between party members of the BNP and the Combat 18 group, from which the party distanced itself. In December 2001 the BNP won three seats in local elections in Burnley.

In November 2002, statements and sayings caused a stir by Mark Collett, chairman of the youth organization Young BNP. At a television event, he made radical statements that subsequently cost him his post within the party. He was then replaced by 20-year-old Tony Wentworth, a student at Salford University.

In 2003, the BNP reached elections to council seats in the Black Country, Hertfordshire and Essex in the south-east of England. In the European elections, the BNP relied primarily on anti-European advertising campaigns and competed against the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), which is also aiming for the United Kingdom to leave the EU.

In the local elections in England in 2006, the BNP was able to significantly increase its seats to 33. In the London borough of Barking and Dagenham it even became the second strongest party, where it was able to increase from 2 councilors to 12. It should be noted that in England, similar to the general election, a seat can only be won by direct election in the respective constituency.

In November 2008, the personal data of 12,801 members and sympathizers of the party were published on WikiLeaks on the Internet.

In the European elections in June 2009, the BNP, contrary to expectations, made it into the European Parliament for the first time, where it is represented by two MEPs. Because of her election success, party leader Griffin was invited to the prestigious political program Question Time for the first time on October 22, 2009. This decision by the BBC was very controversial.[2]


At the European level, the BNP is a member of the Alliance of European National Movements, an association of nationalist parties, the best-known member of which is the French Front National. However, the two BNP members of the European Parliament are non-attached.


The youth organization of the BNP is the Young BNP.


Nick Griffin.
  • Chairman: Nick Griffin
  • Vice Chairman: Scott McLean
  • Press officer: Dr. Phil Edwards
  • Treasurer: John Brayshaw
  • Director of Group Development: Tony Lecomber

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ http: //derstandard.at/1265852218469/Rechtsextreme-National-Party-muss-sich-fuer-nicht-weisse-Mitglieder-oeffnen
  2. ↑ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8321683.stm Griffin in Question Time


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  • Thomas Grumke / Andreas Klärner: Right-wing extremism, the social question and criticism of globalization - A comparative study on Germany and Great Britain since 1990, Berlin 2006 PDF file.
  • Andrew Sykes: The Radical Right in Britain: From Social Imperialism to the British National Party: Houndsmills: New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 2005: ISBN 0-333-59924-1.

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