Nicholas John Griffin (born 1 March 1959) is a British politician, chairman of the British National Party and Member of the European Parliament for North West England. He is married with four children, and lives in Wales.
Griffin was born in Barnet, London, and was educated in Suffolk. He joined the National Front aged 15, and following his graduation from Cambridge University became a political worker for the party. In 1980 he became a member of its governing body, and later wrote articles for several right-wing magazines. He was the National Front's candidate for the seat of Croydon North West in 1981 and 1983 before leaving it in 1989. In 1995 he joined the British National Party (BNP), becoming its leader in 1999. He stood as its candidate in several elections, and in 2009 was elected as a member of the European Parliament for North West England in the 2009 European Elections.
In 1998 Griffin was convicted of distributing material likely to incite racial hatred, for which he received a suspended prison sentence. He was charged in 2005 with inciting racial hatred, but following a retrial was cleared. Griffin has been criticised for his comments on political and religious...
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