Friday, Jul. 29, 2011


On the Ballot

Party: British National Party
Leader: Nick Griffin
Key issues: Immigration, Islam, Euroskepticism
Seats in parliament: 0/1,436

After making some modest gains over the past decade, the party's support has slumped of late. It received just 1.9% of the vote in the 2010 general election, despite fielding more than 300 candidates and attempts to distance itself from allegations of racism. Still, in 2009, the party entered the European Parliament for the first time, with two seats.

On the Fringe

English Defence League
Founded in 2009, the group, which protests the perceived spread of Islamic extremism in the U.K., is estimated to have 300-500 active members.