Far-right BNP suffers cash crisis from beyond the grave
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The British National Party's bank accounts are running dry due to a drop in donations from the dead.
The far-right party has seen its donations almost halve in 12 months receiving £155,828 in 2017 compared with £297,028 in 2016.
The biggest drop in donations came from legacy income – money left to the party in wills – which was down from £256,202 to £110,000.
The party also suffered a dip in cash from membership and subscription fees to their 'exclusive dining club' – the Trafalgar Club.
The double whammy on the BNP's bank account hints at a lack of appetite for the extremist party from both the dead and living.
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Although general donations increased slightly from £40,826 to £45,828, the party's total income dropped from £416,533 to £229,665.
Clive Jefferson, the BNP's national treasurer, said: 'Our general donation income has stayed consistent but as the accounts show the big variation this year has been in legacy income, though still considerable, was down from 2016.
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'However the indications are that legacy income will continue to be a large contributing factor in the future of our movement.
'Although there has been a drop in membership income during 2017, we have seen membership figures start to rise again and I expect 2018 to show an increase in membership of the party.'
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