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[British National Party] Image by Randy Young, 27 February 2015
This original PNP Flag was used until 1982.

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Introduction: British National Party

The British National Party (BNP) is a far-right political party founded by John Tyndall in 1982 by merging several similar fascist and neo-Nazi parties including the old National Front. The BNP identified with Nazism in its activities, associations and publications, and its active denial of the Holocaust. Tyndall proudly proclaimed that "Mein Kampf is my bible."
In 1999, Nick Griffin became the new leader of the BNP party and continued its policies of right-wing populism, white nationalism, and called for "ethnic cleansing" in the United Kingdom. Although the BNP describes itself as a "ethno-nationalist" party and call for a "voluntary resettlement" of all immigrants and their descendants back to the countries of their origins. They support all anti-immigration policies, demand a return of capital punishment, and oppose all forms of gay and same-sex marriage. They oppose Islam and actively campaigns against the establishment of mosques, halal meat, and what they call the "Islamification" of the United Kingdom.
Pete Loeser, 27 February 2015

British National Party Banner c1982

[British National Party] Image by Tomislav Todorovic, 3 February 2014

In 1986, Tyndall was imprisoned for inciting racial hatred, and the BNP floundered in the late 1980s losing much of its support and practically ending its local electoral activities. During this period, the party leadership began to attempt to change its image by removing "careless extremist" elements and attempting to move the Party's platform more towards the mainstream in appearance (not in reality). As part of this image change the party's banner was changed to a white circle centered on a blue field, with the block letters "BNP" in red centered in the circle.
Pete Loeser, 27 January 2015

British National Party Flag 1999

[British National Party] Image by Tomislav Todorovic, 3 February 2014

In 1999, Nick Griffin successfully challenged Tyndall for leadership of the party. He began modernizing the BNP's sagging image and undertaking and attempting to change the image of the BNP for the next general election. During this time, the party flag design was changed once again, this time changing to a plain white field, with less bold lettering in red with a blue circle drawn around it.
Pete Loeser, 27 February 2015