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The party leader described the scandal over the Oxfordshire councillor’s repeated media appearances as a ‘storm in a teacup’

Nick Griffin to quit as BNP leader

Nick Griffin has signalled his intention to quit as leader of the British National Party after the party conceded it suffered a "bloody nose" at the hands of voters this month.

BNP leader Griffin signals intention to step down

Nick Griffin has signalled his intention to quit as British National Party leader after the party conceded it suffered a "bloody nose" at the hands of voters this month.

Errors and Omissions: Our language betrays how we love to take pot shots at the middle classes

As a proud son of the bourgeoisie, I have remarked before on the widespread snobbery that makes it acceptable to sneer at the middle classes. It is as if writers feel that readers need constant reassurance that they are not the kind of middle-class people who read the Daily Mail.

MPs 'pleased' at BNP's failure

MPs are "very pleased" that the British National Party failed to win a single Commons seat at the general election, Harriet Harman said today.

A rude awakening: What now for former MPs and failed contenders?

What becomes of the rejected hopefuls and ejected incumbents after the ballots are all in? Emily Dugan asked Judi Chadaway, of headhunters Scarlett2, what they might do next

BNP in disarray as candidates slump to defeat in target seats

Weakened by internal divisions and a campaign which culminated in one of his senior lieutenants trading punches with an Asian man in a street brawl, Nick Griffin yesterday failed in his attempt to force his party into the political mainstream when he suffered a crushing defeat in its east London stronghold.

Griffin's future in doubt as BNP campaign implodes

The British National Party (BNP) failed in its efforts to break into the political mainstream when it suffered a succession of defeats in its key target seats.

Twelve hours that left the nation dazed and confused

For those following the results as they were declared, it was as draining a night as it was for the politicians. Paul Vallely reports

Pack your bags and go, victor Margaret Hodge tells Griffin

Hopes haboured by the British National Party of winning its first parliamentary seat were crushed this morning when tourism minister Margaret Hodge retained her Barking seat.

How the BNP set its sights on Stoke's schools

The party now has governors at seven schools in Stoke-on-Trent.

Nevin's Notes (06/05/10)

An alternative take on the election

Balls takes on rivals as he fights to avoid a 'Portillo moment'

'Independent' soapbox debate puts PM's protegé on the spot

Griffin unable to tell if radio caller was British

British National Party leader Nick Griffin said today he was unable to tell if a caller to a radio phone-in was British as he couldn't see what he looked like.

Balls squares up to BNP at Independent's soapbox

Ed Balls, Gordon Brown's closest Cabinet ally, will go head to head with the British National Party today in The Independent's soapbox debate in Morley, West Yorkshire, as he battles to avoid a "Portillo moment" in Thursday's general election.

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London