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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

BNP loses 50% of MEPs and 90% of members

Defections are in the headlines again today with news that one of the BNP’s two MEPs, Andrew Brons is leaving the party. Brons claims that ‘up to 90% of the party’s membership, activists and former officials had already left’.

Last week we saw centrifugal forces at work in British politics with modest defections from the Conservatives to UKIP, a more serious exodus from UKIP to the We Demand a Referendum Party and now a potentially catastrophic rupture in the BNP. The far right of British politics has always been prone to splits and defections and generally the further right you go, the greater is the degree of political instability.

Brons has so far been a member of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, the National Front and the BNP. His assistant, Chris Beverley has defected from the BNP to the English Democrats, but Brons is believed to be more likely to form a new party, than to follow Beverley into the English Democrats.

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