By Ian Cobain and Esther Addley
November 19 2008
The entire membership list of the British National party has been posted
on the internet, identifying thousands of people as secret supporters of
the far right and exposing many to the risk of dismissal from work,
disciplinary action or vilification.
Around 13,500 names and home addresses were posted on a website late on
Monday evening, apparently by a disgruntled member of the party's own
As well as names and addresses the list includes the home and mobile
phone numbers and personal email addresses of BNP members. It is thought
that the list may include lapsed members of the party and the names and
addresses of people who have expressed an interest in joining the party,
but have not signed up. Many of the members' occupations are listed,
revealing a small number of police officers, two solicitors, four
ministers of religion, at least one doctor and a number of primary and
secondary school teachers.
Last night the BNP's spokesman Simon Darby said the police had been
called in to investigate the data security breach. Describing the
posting as "malevolent and spiteful" he said: "This isn't a question of
us mislaying the information, this is theft."
The BNP list also included the names and ages of children who have
become members of the party after a parent has taken out a family
membership, and several people who have joined the party at the age of
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