BNP time line
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).
The NNF dissolves and re-launches as the British National Party (BNP) under the leadership of former NF Leader/Chairman John Tyndall.
John Tyndall sent to prison for inciting racial hatred.
Combat 18 (C18) launched as security wing of the BNP.
BNP candidate Derek Beackon elected to Tower Hamlets council in east London representing Millwall Ward. He was voted out seven months later.
BNP proscribes C18.
Nick Griffin joins the BNP.
Griffin convicted of distributing material likely to incite racial hatred.
After a bitter leadership struggle, Griffin replaces John Tyndall as BNP leader.
Griffin polls 16% in Oldham West.
Three BNP members elected to Burnley Council.
BNP increases its seats to five on Burnley council.
BNP founder John Tyndall dies while awaiting trial for inciting racial hatred.
Griffin & Mark Collett cleared on charges of inciting racial hatred.
BNP wins 12 seats on Barking & Dagenham Council becoming the official opposition. The party has 49 councillors in total.
With 5.4% Richard Barnbrook is elected to London Assembly.
BNP membership leaked in November.
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%.
October, Griffin appears on Question Time.
February, under legal pressure from the EHRC, the BNP changes its constitution to allow non-white membership.
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.