BNP No Longer Registered as Political Party

And now a piece of good news. Thanks to them not getting round to registering with the Electoral Commission, the BNP no longer officially exists as a political party. Like Mike over at Vox Political, I got this message about it from Nick Lowles of Hope Not Hate yesterday:

Just heard some fantastic news that I wanted to share with you. The Electoral Commission have today announced that the British National Party has been struck off as a political party after it failed to renew its registration.

That means that it cannot stand candidates in elections or be considered a political party any more. This is a huge humiliation for the fascist party and reflects its demise in recent years.

Much of this has happened because of us. HOPE not hate was set up to provide a positive antidote to the BNP, which at one time had 2 MEPs, 67 councillors and one person on the London Assembly. In 2009 over 800,000 people voted for them.

Slowly but surely HOPE not hate activists began pushing them back. We stopped them in Oldham and reversed the tide in Burnley, Stoke, Sandwell and Bradford. We did it street by street, community by community.

And then, in 2010, there was Barking and Dagenham. BNP leader Nick Griffin thought he could become an MP, the party thought it could win the council. Over 1,500 HOPE not hate activists delivered 355,000 newspapers, leaflets and letters. And the BNP ended up with nothing and its defeat signalled the beginning of its downwards spiral.

You can read the full story of our campaign against the BNP here.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said Britain was a “little better off today because of this news”.

“Today is a victory for the thousands of people and organisations like Hope Not Hate who worked to make the case for an inclusive, welcoming and outward-looking nation.”

While we celebrate the BNP’s de-registration our work is not done. Britain First, with its one million Facebook supporters, will be standing in elections this year. UKIP whip up fear and hatred of immigrants. And next month Stephen Lennon, the former leader of the EDL, takes to the streets once again with his new anti-Muslim organisation Pegida.

HOPE not hate will continue to challenge hatred and extremism in our communities, but today, let’s celebrate the demise of the BNP.

This is a great step forward in combating Fascism in Britain, though the other far-right parties and groups are still active and still a problem. But it’s very good that there’s now one less.

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7 Responses to “BNP No Longer Registered as Political Party”

  1. joanna Says:

    We might not have the BNP but IDS is unfortunately alive and kicking disabled people, I know this sounds a little nasty but IDS is so malicious, yes aimed at him I will use the word Evil!!! The Tories have all the charm of the BNP, so what is different, except the disabled and ill, seem to be a separate race, one to be wiped out!!!

    • Florence Says:

      When Thatcher was elected, the BNP basically said their work was done, and their agenda was going to be implemented.

      • beastrabban Says:

        That’s very interesting. It didn’t quite happen as they wanted, as clearly they didn’t quite get the dictatorship that they hanker after, and the non-White immigrants weren’t repatriated either. But there was a considerable overlap between Thatcher’s Conservatives and the Far Right. But she certainly had a very strong, anti-working class, anti-Socialist agenda. And the Tories, despite their best efforts to prove the contrary, really don’t like minorities.

  2. Florence Says:

    Many do not seem at all aware of it, because discussions on the London Mayor Elections are still referring to the BNP candidate.

    • beastrabban Says:

      That’s also interesting. Perhaps not everyone’s got the message, although the story was also in today’s I, so I assume it’s all true and the BNP can’t field their candidates.

  3. Andy Says:

    I believe if they wish to reregister and pay the required fee they can do so. If they do not their candidates may stand as an independent but are not permıitted to identify themselves in any way with BNP.
    Let’s hope they cannot raise the fee!

    • beastrabban Says:

      Absolutely. And I got the impression that these days, even finding the £500 or whatever it is now to enter elections is a problem for them.

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