To lose your membership list once is careless, but twice?
According to The Guardian, here's what we knew last night:
• The BNP had 11,560 members as of April this year, including one peer.There have been rumours spinning out of the ether of an undercover BNP member sitting in the House of Lords. It is alleged Edwin Bramall is that peer. Readers might be interested to learn in 2006 Bramall was involved in a punch up with Greville Janner over reported anti-Israel remarks in the House.
• The party appears to have benefited from a surge in female recruits – one in eight party members are now women.
• The highest concentrations of members are in Leicestershire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire
Naturally the fat fuhrer, Nick Griffin is furious about the leak. "Those who are responsible for the latest attack will be tracked down and exposed" he thundered, while predicting the BNP would attract "waves of support" from sympathetic people. It's more likely there will be waves of revulsion from his own membership. Even the most knuckle-headed member must be asking how this leak could have happened again.
Some demographics from the new list to follow.
10:18 edit: 'Morus' points out in the comments below:
"Just to say we have effectively confirmed that it is not Edwin Baron Bramall who is a member. He is a respectable working peer, Field Marshall, and Knight of the Garter.
The BNP member is a man who styles himself "Lord Brian Bramhall" (notice different spelling).
The BNP members data matches that spelling of "Lord Bramhall" to a postcode. When you search on that postcode, you get this chap's genealogy website.
A version of that website database is here
Lines 37 & 38 confirm that the BNP member is this man, not the noble Baron.
If you could amend the post, that would be grand. We're trying to crush the rumour before it defames Baron Bramall."
10:35 edit: Unfortunately I haven't had the time to go through all the members' names and details. Still, the first 222 names on the list are a large enough sample likely to possess properties that are statistically significant. Of this group:
53 are described as 'activists'.
Only 39 are women.
Just seven appear to be under the age of 25.
Four live overseas (curiously, the member domiciled in the Philippines is described as an 'activist').
Three are ex-forces (excluding the Territorial army officer cadet). Interestingly there appears to be an active serviceman in the "intelligence corps".
12 of this sample live in Scotland, five in Wales and two in Northern Ireland.