New page - "The British National Party (BNP) of the UK". Intro:
The British National Party (BNP) was founded by Tyndall in 1982 from a faction of the violently racist National Front organisation. He had led the NF at times and was involved in several Neo-Nazi groups. It gets its support "largely from poorly educated, white, working-class men, concentrated in ex-industrial towns... Membership is open only to 'indigenous' Britons". Its policies fall into two main camps; aggressive anti-foreigner rhetoric, and simple one-liner reactionary politics in the area of social justice - "its platform includes [...] withdrawal from the EU and the restoration of corporal and capital punishment". Its most famous leader, Nick Griffin, along with several others, had criminal convictions, in Mr Griffin's case for inciting racial hatred. At the party's height in 2009, they had 12,600 members but many of its core staff and many supporters switched to UKIP. By Dec 2013, they only had 4,200 and Griffin was replaced by Adam Walker. Since then membership has dropped to 500.