Colin Jordan

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Colin Jordan
Colin Jordan
Born John Colin Campbell Jordan
19 June 1923
Birmingham, England
Died 9 April 2009
Pateley Bridge, England
Nationality British
Known for Chairman of the British Movement
Successor to Arnold Leese
Occupation activist, politician, writer
Organization British People's Party (1944-46)
League of Empire Loyalists (1954-56)
White Defence League (1956-60)
British National Party (1960-62)
National Socialist Movement (1962-67)
British Movement (1968-75)
Spouse Françoise Dior

John Colin Campbell Jordan (19 June 1923 – 9 April 2009) was a leading representative of postwar National Socialism in Britain and around the world. In nationalist circles of the 1960s, Jordan represented the most explicitly National Socialist inclination in his open use of the styles and symbols of the Third Reich.

Through organizations such as the National Socialist Movement and the World Union of National Socialists, Jordan advanced a pan-Aryan "Universal National Socialism".


The son of a postman, Jordan was born in Birmingham, England. His mother Bertha Beecham Jordan would become supportive of her son’s political activities. Colin Jordan was educated at Warwick School from 1934 to 1942, and then Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, graduating with 2nd class honours in history. He then became a mathematics teacher at a Coventry ,Stoke Secondary Modern Boys School. He joined the League of Empire Loyalists and became their Midlands organizer.[1]

At Cambridge Jordan had formed a "Nationalist Club", from where he was invited to join the short-lived British Peoples Party, a group of former British Union of Fascists members led by Lord Tavistock, heir to the Duke of Bedford. Jordan soon became associated with Arnold Leese and was left a property in Leese's will, which became the base of operations when Jordan launched the White Defence League in 1956. Jordan would later merge this party with the National Labour Party to form the British National Party in 1960, although he would split from this after a quarrel with John Bean, who felt that Jordan's mimickry of the exterals of German National Socialism was farcical and made nationalists look like idiots to the general public.

As a result he founded the National Socialist Movement (1962, later becoming the British Movement in 1968) along with John Tyndall. In August 1962, Jordan hosted an international conference in Gloucestershire resulting in the formation of the World Union of National Socialists (of which Jordan was the commander of its European section throughout the 1960s). On 16 August, Jordan and Tyndall (among others) were charged under the Public Order Act with attempts to set up a paramilitary force[2] called Spearhead.

In the Leyton byelection of 1965 Jordan was punched at a public meeting by thug Denis Healey, then Secretary of State for Defence and a former member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. The fracas came about in the aftermath of the defeat of Patrick Gordon-Walker, then Foreign Secretary, in the October 1964 general election in Smethwick after a campaign by his opponents against the ethnic cleansing and demographic genocide of the area.

In October 1963, while John Tyndall was still in prison, Jordan, who had just been released, married Tyndall's fiancée, Françoise Dior, the former wife of a French nobleman and the niece of the French fashion designer Christian Dior. When Tyndall was eventually released, he split with Jordan in 1964 to form the Greater Britain Movement.

In the 1980s, Jordan revived Gothic Ripples, originally Leese's publication, as his personal avenue of political output and opinion.[3]

Jordan remained a voice amongst small National Socialist groups until his death, though in his latter years he was not officially affiliated with any party. He maintained ties to Eddy Morrison-led groups such as the White Nationalist Party and the British Peoples Party as well as the American National Socialist Workers Party. In 2000, he expressed scepticism over the efforts of the British National Party (although his own Rockwell-inspired "tactics" were clearly a grand success story).[4] Colin Jordan died at his Pateley Bridge home on April 9, 2009.


See also


  1. Goodrick-Clarke (2001), pp. 32-33
  2. Goodrick-Clarke (2001), p. 38
  3. Griffin (1995), p. 325
  4. Colin Jordan, the Human Rights Act and the Jews' Very Own Public Order / Race Acts

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