|Leadership||Adam Walker (chairman),
Clive Jefferson (deputy chairman)
|Online||Website, Facebook and Twitter|
|Areas active||Batley & Spen, Bexleyheath, Blackpool, Burnley, Croydon, Darwen, Essex, Leeds, Lincoln|
2016 was a bad year for the BNP with the only moment of respite from its continuing decline coming in October 2016 when it took control of Heybridge Parish Council in Essex. The year started badly when the party’s deputy chairman and treasurer Clive Jefferson closed the party’s regional bank accounts in January 2016 meaning that all party monies would now have to go directly through him. The party has also closed its head office and moved above a supermarket in Wigton instead.
What goodwill the party did have with its remaining activists was used up this year and only renewed creativity in begging emails showed that Adam Walker and Clive Jefferson were actually still alive and working for the party.
Despite boasting 3,000 members, only 50 turned up to the party’s AGM. The party’s London region split acrimoniously just before the mayoral elections in May and, since then, former London regional organiser, Steve Squire, has spent considerable time and effort attempting to inform the rest of the party of the supposed criminality of the BNP’s leadership. Squire also attempted to join the rival Britain First but his application was rejected on account of his “bad character”.
The party squared up to Britain First during the London mayoral and Assembly elections and was surprisingly trounced with Britain First more than doubling the BNP’s 13,325 (0.5%) for the mayoral vote.
The party also made a listless effort to fight the Batley & Spen by-election where it did, at least, manage to beat two other far right parties but trailed in third behind the English Democrats in a seat that was not contested by the Conservatives, Lib Dems or UKIP.
Sporadic donations still make their way into the BNP as a result of it having had a substantial but short-lived political footprint. The party’s leadership keeps the party afloat so that it can continue to collect a series of bequests that it worked so hard to obtain while at its peak.
The political conditions may improve for a nationalist party in 2017 but the leadership’s preoccupation with money and its ongoing internal squabbles and personal difficulties mean things will most certainly not improve for the BNP.