BNP leader Michael Coleman has appeared in court on racism charges.
The former councillor will go on trial accused of causing racial harassment over a seven-month period.
It is understood the allegations relate to comments made on the defendant’s website.
The 45-year-old lost his Meir North seat on Stoke-on-Trent City Council in last May’s elections.
But Coleman remains the controversial party’s chief organiser in the city and presented an award to Stoke-on-Trent’s BNP activist of the year during a Christmas party last December.
The BNP today refused to confirm whether Coleman’s party membership had been suspended.