Posted on Nov 29, 2014

    Nick Griffin Is Now Voting For UKIP

    The former BNP leader has urged voters to "vote UKIP to kick Cameron". Possibly not the endorsement UKIP were after.

    Nick Griffin, the former leader of the far-right British National Party, has said he will vote for UKIP in the future.

    Olivia Harris / Reuters

    Griffin led the far-right BNP, which has been repeatedly accused of outright racism, for 15 years until this summer.

    After losing his seat as an MEP in May, Griffin told Sky News he was defeated because the BNP's former supporters had "voted for UKIP's racist policies instead".

    On Friday night Griffin tweeted this picture of Nigel Farage, urging voters to back UKIP to "kick Cameron".

    Vote #UKIP to kick Cameron...but don't be fooled by Toryboy Nigel.

    Nick Griffin@nickjgriffinbnpFollow

    Vote #UKIP to kick Cameron...but don't be fooled by Toryboy Nigel.

    9:34 PM - 28 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Griffin was replaced as leader of the BNP in July and has since quit the party altogether. He now appears to be involved with a new far-right organisation called "British Voice".

    Although he's no fan of "Toryboy" Nigel Farage, Griffin still urged his Twitter followers to back UKIP.

    Griffin confirmed that he will back Nigel Farage's party at future elections, saying it will help undermine the mainstream political parties.

    @BullshineBilly I will hold nose & vote Ukip because it will help break up the Westminster system. & hold Cameron's feet to referendum fire.

    Nick Griffin@nickjgriffinbnpFollow

    @BullshineBilly I will hold nose & vote Ukip because it will help break up the Westminster system. & hold Cameron's feet to referendum fire.

    9:18 AM - 29 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And he praised a UKIP MEP for campaigning against the high price of the M6 toll road near Birmingham.

    @JSeymourUKIP @Nigel_Farage "No tolls"? Another welcome #Ukip policy shift away from neo-liberal #privatisation & towards social justice.

    Nick Griffin@nickjgriffinbnpFollow

    @JSeymourUKIP @Nigel_Farage "No tolls"? Another welcome #Ukip policy shift away from neo-liberal #privatisation & towards social justice.

    4:47 PM - 29 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Before going on to back a UKIP proposal to end university tuition fees for students in core subjects.

    @AlexBalkan2772 @Nigel_Farage I made it #BNP policy years ago. Glad to see #Ukip pick up baton. No money tree needed, just keep out of wars.

    Nick Griffin@nickjgriffinbnpFollow

    @AlexBalkan2772 @Nigel_Farage I made it #BNP policy years ago. Glad to see #Ukip pick up baton. No money tree needed, just keep out of wars.

    4:40 PM - 29 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Current BNP members aren't that happy with Griffin's new political allegiance.

    @nickjgriffinbnp really vote ukip, you really have lost it! Going all civic nationalist vote now Mr Griffin #cringe #Whopper

    Salford BNP@SalfordBNPFollow

    @nickjgriffinbnp really vote ukip, you really have lost it! Going all civic nationalist vote now Mr Griffin #cringe #Whopper

    12:36 PM - 29 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Meanwhile, others point out that this probably isn't the high-profile endorsement that UKIP are after.

    Endorsement #UKIP could probably do without MT “@nickjgriffinbnp: @JSeymourUKIP @Nigel_Farage "No tolls"? Another welcome #Ukip policy”

    Daniel Wainwright@wainwright_starFollow

    Endorsement #UKIP could probably do without MT “@nickjgriffinbnp: @JSeymourUKIP @Nigel_Farage "No tolls"? Another welcome #Ukip policy”

    4:50 PM - 29 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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