Racial Preservation Society

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The Racial Preservation Society was a 1960s Sussex based patriotic publisher and pressure group. Wikipedia claims that by the 1970s, the right-wing organisation was controlled by members of the Northern League for Pan-Nordic Friendship, who used it to publish the journal Race and Nation.


The movement was led by a number of former members of the British Union of Fascists, including Ted Budden, Alan Hancock and Jimmy Doyle, and functioned as a think-tank without branching into electoral politics (although individual members were free to join political parties). Initially one of a number of such groups, it brought many local anti-immigration socities under its umbrella in 1966, with British National Party member Ray Bamford influential in this process.[1]

As well as publishing a number of books and pamphlets, the RPS also produced a regular newspaper, The Southern News, generally revealing stories about crimes commited by foreign interlopers. In the 1970s the group published Race and Nation. The group was prosecuted under the Race Relations Act in 1968 at Lewes crown court but won the case. Prior to this, in 1967, the RPS had been a founding part of the British National Front, although it maintained an independent existence as a valuable resource for publishing ideas.[2] Eventually, however, the movement faded as the NF became more well-known and the RPS was ultimately absorbed.

Dr. David Brown, the leading member during the merger, had not supported the formation of the NF and instead set up his own rival party, the National Democratic Party. The NDP incorporated a number of RPS members and affiliated groups, although the majority of the movement joined the NF.

Books published by the Society

  • Religion and the Racial Controversy (1970) by H.B. Isherwood
  • Race and Politics (1978) by H.B. Isherwood

See also


  1. M. Walker, The National Front, Glasgow: Fontana Collins, 1977, pp. 59-60
  2. S. Taylor, The National Front in English Politics, London: Macmillan, 1982, p. 18