The BNP faces oblivion as lost European election deposits batter its finances

The party’s latest accounts show it has just £45,756 in assets, with the Irish wing having no assets and the Welsh branch just £17

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Getty. British National Party Dying breed: The British National Party is struggling for support.

The British National Party is facing political oblivion despite trying to profit from the refugee crisis.

Its latest accounts show it has just £45,756 in assets.

Its Irish wing had no assets and a total income of £25. And the Wales branch holds just £17, according to records submitted to the Electoral Commission.

The entire party had a total income of little more than £45,000 after losing £50,000 paying out deposits fighting in the European elections. Its supporters paid £576 in party membership fees in the whole of 2014.

Merchandise sales made a paltry £314.

In concluding the accounts, the regional treasurer wrote that income was slightly up on 2013, describing it as a “good sign”

“It is hoped it can continue for the upcoming year,” states the financial overview for the party.

But its pathetic lack of support was revealed in Croydon at the weekend when less than 20 people turned up to its protest against the UK taking refugees.

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Demotix. Members of the BNP with flags and banners outside Lunar House, the Headquarters of UK Visas and immigration. Pathetic showing: Fewer than 20 people turned up to the BNP’s anti-refugee protest in Croydon

On YouTube prior to the event, Croydon and Sutton BNP chairman Clifford Le May compared the party’s anti-immigration stance to the actions of Francis Drake, the Duke of Wellington, and citizens who took part in the Second World War.

Mr Le May said: “The Duke of Wellington was never called a racist when he stopped Napoleon’s plans to invade Britain. We are not thugs, we are not racist, we are ordinary patriotic British people.”

A counter demonstration attracted more than 200 anti-fascist campaigners.

An entry on the BNP web site claimed their event was “well attended”.

The party, in chaos after former leader Nick Griffin was booted out, was warned by the Electoral Commission over delays in filing its accounts last month.

Griffin, who left the party in October 2014 amid claims he had tried to “destabilise” the movement, now believes Russia is Europe’s great hope and is “more free” than other countries in the west.

Britain’s political parties spent more than £100m overall in 2014.

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Getty. Nick Griffin poses for a photograph at the count centre in Dagenham, east London on May 7, 2010. Gone: Nick Griffin left the party last year

The Conservatives narrowly outspent Labour in the build-up to this year’s general election, declaring £36.9m. Labour spent £35.3m during the same period, with Lib Dems declaring £8.8m, the SNP £7.2m and UKIP £6.7m.

The Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems recorded surpluses in 2014 while the SNP and UKIP spent more than they earned, the Electoral Commission said.

Across all parties, £107.5m was received in income against £101.3m in spending.

Two parties were granted an extension to the original July 7 deadline. The Scottish Green Party handed in its accounts on the agreed 31 July deadline.

The BNP missed a second deadline of 7 August and was investigated by the commission.

There was no one from the BNP available to comment.

From  The Mirror . Report by Jeremy Armstrong. 08.09.15.

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