Why has the BNP collapsed? Tim Wigmore visits Stoke-on-Trent to investigate the reasons for the BNP’s decline – and wonders whether Ukip stand to benefit.

Nick Griffin's Funeral Suit

 Nick Griffin arrives to lay flowers close to the scene where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed, on May 24, 2013. Photograph: Getty Images.  “The BNP were toss pots,” observes a grizzled former steel worker in the pub. “They were a load of thugs.” I am in The Last Orders, a dingy, male-dominated enclave in Stoke-on-Trent. The … Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent BNP leader Michael Coleman guilty of racist internet blogs

STOKE-ON-TRENT’S BNP leader has been found guilty of racially-aggravated harassment after he posted articles on the internet. Former city councillor Michael Coleman was convicted after a jury at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court took just over four hours to reach a verdict. ​The 46-year-old was reported to police after two blogs he wrote in response to last … Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent BNP leader Michael Coleman in court over ‘racist’ blogs

STOKE-ON-TRENT’S BNP leader posted racist articles on a website including claims the city was being ‘flooded with Muslims and blacks’, a court heard. Former city councillor Michael Coleman has gone on trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court accused of racially-aggravated harassment.  ​ Michael Coleman The 46-year-old was reported to police after two blogs he wrote in … Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent BNP leader Michael Coleman on race charge

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. … Continue reading

Cloak-and-dagger day with the BNP – a party in crisis

This year was a far cry from 2008 when 300 BNP members, including Nick Griffin, held a rally in Stoke Deserted manifesto launch signals election disaster The low-key launch of the BNP’s English manifesto in a deserted Stoke-on-Trent shopping street yesterday was in marked contrast to previous events held by the group in the area. … Continue reading

The EDL Issue Terror Threats To Taxi Drivers

Stooping to new fascist lows, the police and private hire companies have revealed how the paramilitary masked neo nazi thugs of the EDL issued racist death threats to taxi drivers throughout the Stoke district on the day of the EDL meeting, copying tactics used by loyalist paramilitaries in Belfast during the troubles, when Catholic taxi … Continue reading

Hardcore Nazis of the EDL

With thanks to Stoke Anti-fascists The “peace-loving, tree-hugging non-violent non-Nazis” of the EDL (as they would have us believe) poured into Stoke today intent upon chanting racist slogans, making Nazi salutes and wreaking havoc upon another British town centre. In a city where BNP councillors make up the political microclimate, and football hooligans veer towards … Continue reading