John Kingsley Read

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John Kingsley Read (fl.1970s) was chairman of the British National Front from 1974 to 1976. A former member of the Conservative Party and chairman of the Blackburn Young Conservatives he left to join NF in the early 70s.

Becoming chairman of NF in 1974, he was widely regarded as belonging to the populist wing of the party rather than the more extreme wing reperesented by John Tyndall.

In 1976, he quit the party along with followers to establish the more 'respectable' National Party (UK) leaving Tyndall in charge. The party was initially successful, winning two seats on Blackburn Council, although they failed to build on this early success and Read eventually left politics.

Read died in 1985 and upon his death was revealed by Searchlight magazine to have been working as a mole for them.

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