The BNP is bracing itself for potentially fresh embarrassment tomorrow when details of the party’s UK-wide rank and file membership are expected to be posted on the internet.
The list, which purports to be a snapshot of the party’s support in April this year, includes the names, addresses, postcodes and telephone numbers of people who have signed up to the far-right group, including the grade of membership assigned by the party – Standard, Family, Family Plus, Gold, OAP, and Unwaged.
The Guardian has seen the list but could not verify its authenticity. It appears to show that:
• The BNP had 11,560 members as of April this year, including one peer;
• The party appears to have benefited from a surge in female recruits – one in eight of the party’s members are now women;
• The highest concentrations of membership lie in Leicestershire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.