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North East BNP activist replaces Nick Griffin as party leader

A North East BNP activist has been appointed acting chairman of the party after Nick Griffin stepped down as leader.

The party’s website said Adam Walker had been appointed acting chairman after Mr Griffin “stepped aside”, two months after he lost the party’s only seat at the European Parliament in a disastrous set of election results.

Mr Griffin, who has been the public face of the party for more than a decade, has taken on the new role of party president.

Mr Griffin, who was declared bankrupt in January, had “taken up the position of President”, it said, adding that the national executive was “united in their support” for his replacement.

After voters in the north west ousted him as an MEP in May, Mr Griffin accepted the BNP – which now has only two local councillors – would be described as a “racist” outfit.

Its supporters wanted to “send them all home”, he said – suggesting they would end up disappointed if they had voted for Ukip as an alternative.

The BNP published a statement on its website announcing the change at the top, which reads: “Recently appointed deputy chairman, Adam Walker, has accepted the role of acting chairman of the British National Party after Nick Griffin stepped aside at a meeting of the BNP National Executive held on 19 July.

“The full national executive are united in their support for Adam in this role. Nick Griffin has taken up the position of president.”

Source –  Newcastle Evening Chronicle,  22 July 2014

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