John Tyndall (politician)
John Hutchyns Tyndall was a British fascist political activist. A leading member of various small neo-Nazi groups during the late 1950s and 1960s. He was chairman of the National Front from 1972 to 1974 and again from 1975 to 1980, and then chairman of the British National Party from 1982 to 1999. In 2005 he was charged with incitement to racial hatred for comments made at a BNP meeting. He died two days before his trial was due to take place.
About John Tyndall (politician) in brief
John Hutchyns Tyndall was a British fascist political activist. A leading member of various small neo-Nazi groups during the late 1950s and 1960s. He was chairman of the National Front from 1972 to 1974 and again from 1975 to 1980, and then chairman of the British National Party from 1982 to 1999. He unsuccessfully stood for election to the House of Commons and European Parliament on several occasions. In 2005 he was charged with incitement to racial hatred for comments made at a BNP meeting. He died two days before his trial was due to take place. He never gained any mainstream political respectability in the United Kingdom although he proved popular among sectors of the British far-right. He called for the establishment of an authoritarian state which would deport all non-whites from the country, engage in a eugenics project, and re-establish the British Empire through the military conquest of parts of Africa. His paternal family were British Unionists living in County Waterford, Ireland, who had a long line of service in the Royal Irish Constabulary. His grandfather had fought against the Irish Republican Army in the Irish War of Independence. His father had moved to England, working as a Metropolitan Police officer and then as a warden of St George’s House, a YMCA hostel in Southwark. He later stated that despite his father having been raised in a British Unionist family, the latter had adopted international socialist views. He claimed that his mother exhibited a kind of basic patriotism that it shaped his early political upbringing.
He attended Beckenham Grammar School in west Kent, where he attained three O-levels. On completion, he returned to Britain and turned his attention to political issues. Initially interested in socialism, he developed a passion for football and cricket. A member of the Royal Horse Artillery, he achieved the rank of lance lance-bombardier. He also did his national service in West Germany from 1952 to 1954. In the mid-1950s, he joined the League of Empire Loyalists and came under the influence of its leader, Arthur Chesterton. In 1962, he and John Bean founded the National Labour Party, an explicitly National Socialist group. In 1960, the NLP merged with Colin Jordan’s White Defence League to found the first British National party. In 1964, he formed his Greater Britain Movement, replacing his overt references to Nazism with appeals to British nationalism. In 1967, Tyndal joined Chesterton’s newly founded National Front and became its leader in 1972, overseeing growing membership and electoral growth. He resigned from the party in 1980 and formed his short-lived New National Front. In 1982, he merged the NNF into his own newly formed BritishNational Party. Under Tyndalls, the BNP established itself as the UK’s most prominent extreme-right group during the 1980s, although electoral success eluded it. In 1999, he was ousted by a growing array of \”modernisers\” in the party, who ousted him in favour of Nick Griffin in 1999.