An extreme right-wing political party in the UK. It is in favour of racial apartheid, giving priority to native Britons in the job market, and repatriation of immigrants, eventually leading to an all-white Britain. They generally stand in seats where an opposing candidate belongs to an ethnic minority, or where there is racial tension.In the 2001 General Election, they polled 16% of the vote in Oldham (the scene of allegedly BNP-incited race riots earlier in the year), putting the Liberal Democrats into fourth place. It can only be hoped that those who voted for them were doing so out of dissatisfaction with the mainstream parties, rather than out of actual sympathy for the BNP. On Election day, the Oldham council were keen to prevent the BNP from promoting their views, but didn't want to be seen to censor any particular party. In the end, all candidates were banned from making their customary speech after the results were announced. In protest, the BNP candidate (Nick Griffin, the party's leader) wore a gag at the count.The government claims that outlawing the BNP would be bad for democracy, setting a precedent for the censorship of other political platforms. Maybe so: but is it not equally undemocratic to condone the promotion of anti-democratic views?

See also: The problem of democracy.