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British National Party Deregistered by U.K. Electoral Commission

  • Move means candidates can't run under the BNP banner for now
  • Anti-immigration party has seen sharp decline in support

The anti-immigration British National Party was removed from the official list of political parties by the U.K.’s Electoral Commission for failing to confirm its registration details by Thursday’s deadline, the commission said on its website.

The move means candidates won’t be able to run under the BNP banner for the present, though the party can submit an application to re-register.

The BNP enjoyed some electoral success in the early 2000s, winning several dozen local-council seats as well as having members elected to the European Parliament and the London Assembly.

Support has since drained away, though, with the party losing almost all of its local-government representation. In the 2015 general election, the BNP won fewer than 1,700 votes around the country, compared with more than 560,000 five years earlier.

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