By Nick Griffin – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing, peacefully in her sleep, of Valerie Tyndall, the widow of British National Party founder John Tyndall, on 24th June in Hove.
Valerie was a founder member of the party back in 1982 and retained continuous membership right up to her death.
Valerie was an active nationalist for decades and stood as a parliamentary candidate on three occasions – firstly in 1979 in Brighton (Kemp Town) for the NF, then in 1983 in Hackney South and Shoreditch and finally in 1997 in Old Bexley and Sidcup, both for the British National Party. She met her future husband John while on the campaign trail, and he later paid typically restrained yet moving tribute to her and their family as a respite from the trials and tribulations of party leadership in his autobiography The Eleventh Hour.
Valerie’s loyalty to John was total and enduring, as was her commitment to the British National Party. Despite her disapproval of my having been elected in her husband’s stead in 1999, she wrote to me on several ‘crisis’ occasions with words of advice from someone who had a far better idea than most of what the leadership job entails.
She also attended the EGM at the Red, White and Blue several years ago and made a concise, generous and constructive contribution to the debate which helped greatly in turning a potentially divisive issue into one which ended with a unifying consensus.
Paying tribute to Valerie yesterday, South East Regional Organiser Nick Prince said: "Despite being ill for some time, Valerie was still active and remained passionate about nationalism right to the end and was due to be guest speaker at the first meeting of the newly reformed Brighton and Hove group in August. Needless to say, I am most disappointed that we will not be afforded the opportunity to hear Valerie speak, and our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends for their sad loss."