Some stunning facts about the rise and crash of the British National Party (BNP).
- In 2008, Richard Barnbrook was elected to the London Assembley for the BNP; the party had achieved 5.3% of the vote (130,714 votes).
- in the 2010 General Election, the BNP fielded a record high of 338 candidates (the fifth highest after Labour, Conservatives, LibDems, and UKIP) and polled 563,743 votes: the fifth highest number of votes, and twice the amount that the Green Party (who got a candidate elected) managed.
- In May 2010, the BNP had over 14,000 members — more than UKIP.
- By January 2015, the party had a mere 500 members.
- In the 2015 General Election, the BNP will field only 8 candidates — half as many as the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.
The phrase “Pyrrhic Victory” springs to mind: the 2010 General Election was the BNP’s most successful, yet 267 of its candidates got less than 5% of the vote and so lost their deposit — costing the party £133,500. This more-or-less precipitated their decline.
© 2015 Bryan A. J. Parry
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