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

The National Front is staging a comeback amid a rising tide of Islamophobia

The National Front's long march back to politics

In next month's elections, the far-right party of Britain's past is contesting its highest number of seats since 1982. Jonathan Brown investigates how it re-emerged from the demise of the BNP

Leading article: An unwelcome Seventies revival

Recent years have seen a great revival of interest in the Seventies, the decade that brought us, among other things, male perms, flared trousers, the Winter of Discontent and Abigail's Party. But it's not all so innocent. Another Seventies phenomenon that most people will recall with less nostalgia was the National Front, which, as we report today, is also attempting a revival of sorts, fielding 35 mayoral and local election candidates in May, the largest number it has put up for election since 1983.

Ken Livingstone quits mayoral debate over BNP participation

Ken Livingstone has pulled out of a BBC mayoral election debate after it emerged a British National Party candidate would be taking part.

Labour hold off BNP in Barking and Dagenham by-election

Labour easily held off a BNP come-back challenge at Barking and Dagenham, East London in the latest council by-elections.

Seven candidates nominated to become Mayor of London

Seven candidates have thrown their hats into the ring in the May 3 fight to be mayor of London, it was announced today.

Pearce's apology after the Ince abuse was quick and complete

James Lawton: Passage of time means to pillory Pearce for old failings is unfair

If we want to pillory Stuart Pearce over the racist abuse he allegedly once threw at Paul Ince we might as well take a thousand other old crimes out of the embalming fluid and expose them to the mores of today.

Stuart Pearce is to take temporary charge of the team

FA red-faced as Pearce caught up in racism storm

England's new caretaker manager alleged to have abused United's Paul Ince during 1994 game... and his brother stood for the BNP

Tycoons back new far-right grouping

A property tycoon and a former investment fund manager have been named as the driving forces behind a plan to create a new force on the far-right of British politics.

Yes, Linbury Studio, London
For a Look or a Touch, King's Head, London

British archetypes go through the emotions of the immigration question...but we already know what happens next

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon aka Tommy Robinson is arrested at an EDL counter-demonstration in London

English Defence League prepares to storm local elections

English Defence League to enter electoral politics after signing pact with British Freedom Party

In the line of ire: David Dimbleby, Nick Griffin and Bonnie Greer on 'Question Time'

From deep discord to harmony

Bonnie Greer's television run-in with Nick Griffin didn't just provoke feverish debate – it was also the catalyst for a new opera.

In the line of ire: David Dimbleby, Nick Griffin and Bonnie Greer on 'Question Time'

Yes: From total discord to sweet harmony

Bonnie Greer's television run-in with Nick Griffin didn't just provoke feverish debate – it was also the catalyst for a new opera

Labour wins Bolsover by-election

Labour gained in an English council by-election and easily held off the Scottish National Party in a marginal ward north of the border.

David Lammy: Prejudices of the few eclipsed by civic pride

Little more than a week after the first disturbances on the streets of London, one thing is clear: there are those who will use the past week to promote their own prejudices.

Back from the Front: Inside the mind of a reformed UK far-right extremist

Matthew Collins is a leading anti-fascist campaigner - but in his youth he was at the heart of the National Front and the BNP. As his account of life in the far right is published, he talks to Ros Wynne-Jones about racism, rehabilitation and the Norway massacre
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