October 24, 2009

Party faces fine for filing accounts late

The BNP is facing a fine of up to £5,000 by electoral watchdogs for failing to file its accounts on time, amid claims the far-right party is in financial crisis.

Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, has issued a plea to members for extra donations after admitting the organisation was "suffering acute financial pressure" and was "fighting for [its] very existence" following a dip in its income and a £600,000 bill for its campaign in the June European elections.

Fresh questions have been raised about the BNP's financial controls, after the Electoral Commission confirmed that the party's accounts for 2008 are now nearly four months overdue. A spokesman for the commission said the BNP, which has been fined by the watchdog four times in the past two years for breaking rules on filing financial records, faces a penalty of between £600 and £5,000.

Party officials last night denied that the BNP was facing imminent financial collapse, pointing out that its cash-flow problems over the summer, which included a delay in the payment of salaries to its two new MEPs, had now alleviated. Simon Darby, the BNP's deputy leader, said: "Things are now a lot better than they were. Unlike other parties, we are in the black because no one will give us an overdraft."

Mr Darby declined to comment on the size of any deficit in the BNP's finances, and insisted that the delayed 2008 accounts would be filed with the Electoral Commission "imminently".

The BNP has relied on small-scale contributions from its members and commercial activities to fund its campaigns. It has not declared a donation above £5,000 to the Electoral Commission since March this year, when its largest donor, Adam Champneys, a Kent fruit farmer, gave a total of £15,060.

Accounts for 2008 filed by the BNP's regional organisations last month showed it had suffered a 27 per cent drop in its income to £211,000.



Anonymous said...

Griffin and his pals have been lying about expansion as they lie about everything else, the recent leaked 2009 list reveals something:

"There have been significant falls (in membership) in Leeds and Keighley in West Yorkshire, and Carlisle in Cumbria, and the number of names on the list is substantially fewer than the 14,000 members the BNP's spokesman, Simon Darby, said the party has."

Jamie The Antifascist said...

I'm really intrested to see some proof over Griffin's claims that the BNP has received thousands of pounds in donations to the party as well as an increase of about 13 % in membership applications...

After today's Yougov poll, this seems very unlikely. Yet more lies...

AndyMinion (BatsMan) said...

Interesting to think that, if a fairly standard response to a Gri££in begging letter is "Oh, sod it - Give 'em a fiver", their failure to - oh, what's the term? That's it; comply with the law - has cost the donations of a thousand members.

I tell you what - If I were a Nazzer, I'd be pretty cheesed off at where my hard - earned was going...

Kev Scott loves The Jam said...

"an increase of about 13 % in membership applications..."

that means they sent out 13% application forms.... probably none came back!

And... I bet Illacius is chomping at the bit for the release of the 'accounts'