BNP time line

1980
The National Front splits into three factions after its disastrous 1979 electoral performance. There is the National Front, National Front Constitutional Movement & New National Front (NNF).

1982
The NNF dissolves and re-launches as the British National Party (BNP) under the leadership of former NF Leader/Chairman John Tyndall.

1986
John Tyndall sent to prison for inciting racial hatred.

1991
Combat 18 (C18) launched as security wing of the BNP.

1993
BNP candidate Derek Beackon elected to Tower Hamlets council in east London representing Millwall Ward. He was voted out seven months later.

1994
BNP proscribes C18.

1995
Nick Griffin joins the BNP.

1998
Griffin convicted of distributing material likely to incite racial hatred.

1999
After a bitter leadership struggle, Griffin replaces John Tyndall as BNP leader.

2001
Griffin polls 16% in Oldham West.

2002
Three BNP members elected to Burnley Council.

2003
BNP increases its seats to five on Burnley council.

2005
BNP founder John Tyndall dies while awaiting trial for inciting racial hatred.

2006
Griffin & Mark Collett cleared on charges of inciting racial hatred.

2006
BNP wins 12 seats on Barking & Dagenham Council becoming the official opposition. The party has 49 councillors in total.

2008
With 5.4% Richard Barnbrook is elected to London Assembly.

2008
BNP membership leaked in November.

2009
4 June , Griffin elected to European Parliament representing the North West of England with 8%. Andrew Brons is elected for the Yorkshire & Humber region with 9.8%.

2009
October, Griffin appears on Question Time.

2010
February, under legal pressure from the EHRC, the BNP changes its constitution to allow non-white membership.

2010
BNP decimated at local and parliamentary elections. Despite fears that it could win control of Barking and Dagenham council, it loses all seats and is humiliated across the country. Griffin announces he will stand down as leader in 2013, but a number of leadership challenges and purges coupled with crippling financial problems makes his and the party’s future uncertain.