with the British National Party, is a former councillor.
Mr Griffin, who was until last week vice chairman of Montgomeryshire Conservative Association, served on the London borough of St Marylebone between 1959 and 1965, and on Waveney DC for three years around the early to mid eighties.
He said: 'We used to be pretty proud of ourselves [on St Marylebone]. It was a splendid council. Councillors were all local folk. They weren't all born in the borough, but many of them had worked in it. They knew St Marylebone inside out.'
The pressures of the cold war brought Mr Griffin's stint at Waveney DC to an end. 'It was just when the next day you weren't sure if you were going to wake up with Russian paratroopers taking over the country,' he said.
'The thought of who was going to replace a broken pavement didn't half take some working up of enthusiasm.'