A new fascist party backed by former leaders of the British National Party (BNP) is to be launched in an attempt to replace Nick Griffin's declining electoral vehicle.
The new group, which investigators say will be called True Brits, has attracted the support of Yorkshire MEP and far-right fanatic Andrew Brons, who recently dumped the BNP saying he felt "marginalised."
Anti-fascist magazine Searchlight has revealed that True Brits will be chaired by former BNP loyalist Peter Phillips, with Mr Brons becoming president.
The party is expected to put forward a candidate for a parliamentary by-election in Middlesborough which is likely early next year.
Mr Brons has a track record of far-right activity stretching back to the 1960s. He was a member of Colin Jordan's National Socialist Movement at the age of 17, later joining the National Front (NF) and eventually becoming its leader.
He was an NF parliamentary candidate five times.
He subsequently joined the BNP, becoming one of Yorkshire and the Humber's MEPs in 2009, when BNP leader Nick Griffin was also elected MEP in the North West.
Brons's departure from the BNP last month was long-expected, following a fall-out between the two.
The new fascist party brings together a rag-bag of fascist activists including several former BNP members, Searchlight said.
These include Andrew Moffat and Ken Booth, who will be deputy chairs. Mr Moffat was once political secretary for the Holocaust revisionist writer David Irving and at one time shared a flat in London with Mr Griffin and convicted Italian terrorist Roberto Fiore.
Ken Booth was the BNP's north east regional organiser.
The party's website will be run by Steve Blake, webmaster for the BNP until his expulsion in December 2007.
True Brits was registered with the Electoral Commission on November 24 2011 by Phillips and Robert Gertner, a former BNP activist from the party's Croydon branch.
The new party is expected to try to recruit members from the ranks of other extreme-right organisations including the English Democrats, National Front, British Freedom Party, English Defence League, Britain First and British Movement.
Full details of Searchlight's investigation appear in the magazine's November issue.
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