The British National Party constantly claims that the other political parties don't care about the people they represent. Whether it's referring to MPs or local councillors, the BNP will state categorically that the people concerned are in the job only because they're corrupt and doing it for personal gain, or that they're useless and really have no idea what they're doing, to the detriment of their constituents.
Yet the very few BNP councillors that have managed to get themselves elected (just 55 out of around 22000) have an appalling record. Even the people who stood for the BNP and failed to win a seat seem to have been tarnished by their contact with the fascist party and, in some cases, crimes have been committed just to allow them to stand for available council seats.
With the able help of Searchlight, Stop the BNP, national UAF and a bunch of other sources, here's our list of crap councillors, useless former councillors and appalling also-rans who represent (or hoped to) the BNP. We hope this list will be a useful resource to campaigners but that will only work if it's kept up to date. If you have any interesting news about any BNP councillor (or a councillor from any fascist party, come to that) let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org (and don't forget to include a link to your source).
Last updated: 17/08/2009
List of crap BNP councillors (and other idiots)
(most recent additions at the top of the list)
Click on the links in the snippets to take you to the complete articles on the Lancaster Unity page.
A prominent BNP councillor has escaped suspension after a disciplinary hearing was postponed at the 11th hour. The hearing had been set up by City Hall and Barking and Dagenham council after Richard Barnbrook falsely claimed on YouTube that three people were murdered in three weeks in the borough. But last night officials were forced to delay the hearing after the BNP member of the London Assembly presented a dossier of new evidence denying that he had brought the Greater London Authority and council into disrepute.
A Preston man has been charged with distributing leaflets in Lancashire which claim Muslims are responsible for the heroin trade. Anthony Bamber, 53, of Greenbank Street, Preston, will appear at Preston Magistrates Court charged with incitement to commit religious hatred. Three other people arrested last year in connection with the investigation have been released from their police bail.
A senior BNP member has caused outrage - by driving a car with a number plate that looks like "Nazi". British National Party councillor Julian Leppert has angered political rivals by turning up for meetings in his black Ford Focus, registration NA51 ZCY. And they are now demanding that Leppert, 41, a councillor in Hainault, East London, removes it at once.
BNP "super-activist" Peter Tierney was arraigned at the Liverpool Magistrates Court on assault charges. On St George's Day, he split open a man's head with a camera tripod during an attack perpetrated by him and Steve Greenhalgh on anti-fascists who had managed to organise opposition to the party's city-centre leafleting on a moment's notice. Despite accusing another anti-fascist of attacking him, Tierney was eventually arrested and charged by Merseyside police. In response, the BNP claimed that it was in fact they, "including women and elderly folk," who were "suddenly physically attacked" by "a mob of violent Tory and Labour-supported UAF thugs." These "thugs," of course, being local anti-fascists who were not "harassing" Tierney and his fellow fascists but leafleting against them and their lies.
August brings autumn with it and the return of another BNP liar. When a woman convicted of intimidating an Asian mother was branded a ‘BNP mum’ by the media, Councillor Paul Golding made a video vigorously claiming she had never been a member of his party. However, News Shopper has discovered she was registered as a member of the British National Party - under a different name. The Daily Mirror said Gravesend resident Helen Forster was a member of the BNP after she was found guilty of intimidating her Asian neighbour in May. In response, Paul Golding, councillor for the St Mary’s ward of Swanley, made a video in which he claimed the reports were “outrageous lies”.
A serving Burnley councillor could face criminal charges after a civil court judge ruled he tried to defraud an insurance company. Coun. Derek Dawson, the British National Party councillor for Gannow, made a claim against Zurich Insurance which would have initially been worth up to £30,000. The claim related to an accident in 2003 at Zurich customer Mr Stephen Hargreaves' house in Whalley, where it was alleged Coun. Dawson's severely fractured ankle was caused by a ladder being knocked onto his leg by a car driven by Mr Hargreaves. As it was a civil trial no punishment was handed down by the court, but Zurich was granted permission to pursue Dawson and Hargreaves for Contempt of Court proceedings through the Attorney General. If successful, this will attract a criminal penalty.
A mother-of-three who has previously claimed to be a member of the British National Party (BNP) has pleaded guilty to common assault and perverting the course of justice. Helen Forster, of Park Place, Gravesend, admitted the charges at Maidstone Crown Court on July 27.
Norwich North voters gave a two fingered salute to the BNP and its bogus vicar in yesterday's hard fought by-election, rewarding the racist party with a deposit-losing 2.7% of the vote - putting the "reverend" Robert West in seventh place, behind Craig Murray, the "Honest Man" candidate.
A West Yorkshire Police employee has been arrested and sacked over his alleged association with the British National Party and for using work time to compile right-wing CDs and DVDs. Gary Marsden I'Anson, a controversial right wing singer-songwriter who has worked for the police for 23 years, is claiming unfair dismissal and racial discrimination against West Yorkshire Police. He was arrested at his Morley home on suspicion of possession of written material with intent to incite racial hatred – which he vigorously denied. No charges were brought. After being suspended on full pay he was eventually sacked in February, after a two-year investigation.
A teenage BNP supporter who drove a classmate to the brink of suicide has been convicted of racial harassment in a landmark legal case. The youth, 15, subjected his female victim to months of racist abuse, on one occasion telling her: 'Go back to your own country, you don't belong here.' A court heard the 14-year-old girl - who had already moved schools once to avoid racist abuse - was also called 'wog, coon, nigger, gorilla and golliwog' by her tormentor. He taunted her with chants of 'white, white, white is right, kick them out, fight, fight, fight' - taken from a film about football hooliganism. But the girl feared reporting the abuse would make him become violent and instead suffered in silence, the court was told. The victim, who has mixed white English and black African heritage, endured the abuse for four months before she attempted suicide in January this year. No names for legal reasons.
In April, we reported on an attack perpetrated by Merseyside BNP activists Steve Greenhalgh and Peter Tierney, which took place in Liverpool City Centre on St George's Day. Greenhalgh and Tierney used an upended table and a folded camera tripod respectively as weapons against anti-fascists who had routed their leafleting with counter-leafleting in and around their location. Despite Tierney's lies, which got one anti-fascist arrested for "assaulting" him, he was ultimately taken into custody and released on bail. The arrested anti-fascist was also bailed, but only after being held in the same station as Tierney and subsequently followed home by a car full of BNP activists threatening "we know where you live, we’re going to fucking kill you." Court for assault beckons.
A meeting to consider whether Richard Barnbrook, one of the most senior elected members of the British National Party, had brought his office into disrepute was cut short after he failed to turn up, claiming to be sick with 'stress'.
Leading Norfolk clergymen are calling on voters in Norwich North to shun the British National Party at Thursday's by-election. In a statement, the six top churchmen repeated concerns they expressed before last month's European and county council elections - and distanced themselves from BNP candidate Robert West. “It is important for us to do so since the British National Party candidate styles himself as 'Revd' and is often to be seen dressed as a clergyman,” they said. “He belongs to no known denomination and voters should not be misled by his adoption of clerical dress. The policies he promotes are not shared by any of the Churches we serve and are contrary to the teaching of the New Testament. There we read that in Christ 'there is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female' (Galatians 3.28). Christians in Norfolk and Norwich have had a long tradition of welcoming the stranger. We pray that this generous instinct may continue to be celebrated here.”
The political career of Croydon Central's BNP candidate is in jeopardy as he is being investigated by his own party after ranting about "violent immigrants" in New Addington. Clifford Le May is in trouble for his response to a Tory questionnaire encouraging residents to raise any concerns with London mayor Boris Johnson. His reply was to write: "Stop ruining our community by stuffing New Addington with violent immigrants who have no right to live among decent civilised white people." In the questionnaire he also refers to his Tory rival for the Croydon Central seat, Gavin Barwell, as a "traitor to his race and nation". Despite admitting the words were written in "anger", Mr Le May has refused to retract anything and is now hoping he will not be deselected as a result.
The British National party leader, Nick Griffin, delivered his first European parliamentary speech, using a debate on the crisis in Iran to denounce alleged human rights violations against "nationalist dissidents" in Britain. As the UK government declared it would have no truck with those "who are clearly racist and extremist individuals" and barred Griffin and his fellow BNP MEP, Andrew Brons, from a Strasbourg reception tonight, he accused Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems of routinely deploying "intimidation and violence against nationalist dissidents in Britain". He claimed they were using taxpayers' money "to fund their own militia, which breaks up opposition meetings and attacks their opponents with bricks, darts and claw-hammers" and described the Unite Against Fascism movement as an "organisation of far-left criminals". Twat.
A man who made his Asian next door neighbours’ lives a misery with his anti-social and racist conduct was spared immediate jail. Burnley Crown Court heard how Nigel Hesmondhalgh, 36, who had a British National Party sticker in the window of his Accrington home, was abusive and insulting to the couple, repeatedly picking on the wife. He piled dog dirt up in the alley outside their home and told them: “It’s a white country, not a Muslim state.” Hesmondhalgh, said to be the carer for his brother, who has learning difficulties, told the husband of the couple he should be scared and shouted support for the BNP.
As the BNP struggles for right-wing support in the European Parliament, leader Nick Griffin tells Cathy Newman he believes there is "no place in Europe for Islam". The BNP leader Nick Griffin has described Islam as a “cancer” that should be removed from Europe by "chemotherapy". In an interview with Channel 4 News, Mr Griffin, who has just been elected to the European Parliament, said there was "no place in Europe for Islam". He added: "Western values, freedom of speech, democracy and rights for women are incompatible with Islam, which is a cancer eating away at our freedoms and our democracy and rights for our women and something needs to be done about it".
An engineer threatened to knock out a doorman and shouted at him: "I'm part of the BNP". The fracas took place during the weekend the BNP was holding its conference in Blackpool. Lee Kelly, 33, pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour. He was fined £300 with £60 costs and ordered to pay the £15 victims' surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
The EU should sink boats carrying illegal immigrants to prevent them entering Europe, British National Party leader Nick Griffin has told the BBC. The MEP for the North-West of England said the EU had to get "very tough" with migrants from sub-Saharan Africa. Pressed on what should happen to those on board, he said: "Throw them a life raft and they can go back to Libya".
Charlotte Lewis (her again), who stood as a BNP candidate in the recent Waddon by-election, left distasteful comments on stories relating to ethnic minorities. On the website Digg.com Miss Lewis wrote “Bloody Pakis” beneath a story entitled 'New shock figures reveal how UK student visa scheme is abused'. On another story headlined 'Schoolboy’s killers facing life' she wrote, “No surprise that they’re black........”
A BNP activist whose name was put to alleged racist leaflets distributed in Lancashire has been rebailed by police probing the incident. Tony Bamber, aged 53, of Greenbank Street in Plungington, Preston, was arrested late last year on suspicion of the publication and distribution of written material intended to stir up racial hatred, and the possession of racially inflammatory material. It has now emerged three other men arrested over the distribution of leaflets in Lancashire which alleged Muslims were responsible for the heroin trade, will not be prosecuted. However, Bamber must answer bail again later this month.
A family told of their shock and fear after a neighbour racially abused them before pointing a gun at their father. The Adedoyin family watched in horror as Ian Maitland, 44, “erupted like a raging bull” before waving the gun and unleashing a torrent of racist abuse. They had never spoken to the cabbie across the street before he screamed at the children aged five, 10 and 15-year-old twins and told Jeff Adedoyin to “get home to Africa”. He boasted about being a BNP member before declaring he “would kill them all”. Maitland was jailed for nine months yesterday after telling Liverpool crown court the children awoke him by playing outside around 9pm.
July is here and a BNP sympathiser has admitted threatening staff at a bookshop during a far-right march. Liam Pinkham, 21, was taking part in a BNP march through Liverpool city centre when he burst into the News from Nowhere community bookshop on Bold Street. Liverpool crown court was told the skinhead was dressed in stereotypical far-right clothing, including a bomber jacket and jack boots and was abusive to the two women workers inside. They claimed he threatened to “burn down the shop”. Pinkham admitted intentionally causing harassment, although his barrister Philip Astbury insisted he had only threatened to “shut down the shop”.
There was confusion last night over whether Norwich North's British National Party (BNP) candidate has the credentials to call himself “reverend”. The Rev Robert West is at the centre of a row over his ministerial moniker, which he claimed was genuine - even though he admitted he had no current connection to any Christian denomination. When questioned, Mr West, who lives in Holbeach in Lincolnshire, said: “It's been dealt with once and I don't have to justify myself.”
A Rotheram councillor has parted company with the BNP and joined another far-right organisation, the England First Party. Coun John Gamble, who has represented Catcliffe and Brinsworth since last May when he defeated the then Mayor, Labour Coun Allan Jackson, had been a member of the BNP for about 10 years. His move has halved the party's representation on Rotherham Council to one seat. Coun Gamble was unavailable for comment but, in a statement, the England First Party said: "In recent months he had become increasingly disillusioned with the BNP's national and local leadership, and has now decided to join a party that offers a serious, radical challenge to the corrupt political establishment."
Croydon Council is looking to see whether it can take a BNP member to court after she boasted about mounting a hate campaign against a family of immigrants living in the flat above her. Charlotte Lewis, who earlier this year stood as a candidate in the Waddon by-election, told a meeting of British National Party members she played loud music late into the night - which may have contributed to the Afghan family moving out. The comments were made at a meeting in east London to celebrate the party's showing in the recent European elections. Addressing party members at a pub in Dagenham, she said: "I don't think they could take any more of my penchant for playing heavy metal at 1am."
Council chiefs have admitted that they would make the parents of a black or Asian child with special needs to travel to school in a taxi driven by a firm run by BNP supporters. In a move anti-fascist campaigners described as 'outrageous', council chiefs said they had awarded the family taxi firm run by Corsham town councillor Mick Simpkins a renewed school run contract, and said that they would not fund an alternative if a black or ethnic minority parent objected to their child being transported to school. Other white parents who have already objected to their children being transported to school by the firm were refused council funding for an alternative, and the council said it would be no different for an ethnic minority family.
British National Party supporters cheered for one of their candidates to be awarded a Nazi military medal at a Euro election after-party. A member of the crowd made the call after learning that braindead Charlotte Lewis had travelled to Calais to lead a protest against the refugee camp there, taking placards reading "Britain's full up" and "Asylum seekers don't unpack, you're going back". The ex-jailbird was telling the meeting about her exploits when a supporter shouted she should be given an Iron Cross - strongly associated with the Nazis and an emblem of the German army during World War Two.
BNP leader Nick Griffin, who last week branded gypsies “anti social and criminal”, can trace his roots to travellers hawking cheap goods from a horse and cart. The controversial MEP’s great-grandfather George Griffin roamed from town to town in a horse-drawn caravan with his wife Esther and their children, selling china and crockery. Census reports show he spent years living the gypsy life, never settling in one place because as an impoverished traveller he was on the margins of society and never fully accepted anywhere. A bit like Griffin himself, really.
A British National Party activist drives around with the word “Nazi” written on the back of his car, it has been revealed. Robin Evans, the BNP’s Blackburn organiser, said he had not tried to remove the word as he did not find it offensive. The former councillor for Mill Hill in Blackburn, who now lives in Darwen, said he did not know who had stuck the letters on his metallic green Volkswagen Golf, but thought it was “quite funny”, adding: “It doesn’t bother me” Blackburn MP Jack Straw said the sticker “exposed the true colours of the BNP”.
Andrew Brons, who became the first member of the British National Party to be elected to the European Parliament, has said that Kelly Holmes' mixed race heritage means she is "only partially from this country". The BNP – which bars blacks or Asians from joining – rejects the notion of a multicultural society and refuses to consider black and ethnic minorities to be British, even if they or their parents were born here. But until now it has been careful not to single out noted ethnic minority celebrities for fear of provoking a public backlash.
British National Party deputy leader Simon Darby has been suspended by City Hall for attacking the Archbishop of York as "anti-British". Mr Darby now faces a disciplinary hearing and could be issued with a warning or even be dismissed by the Greater London Authority for bringing it into disrepute.
No name here - just an example of the BNP's dirty tricks. A man has been arrested on suspicion of impersonating a voter during elections in Cannock Chase. He allegedly cast a vote in another person’s name at the Staffordshire County Council and European Parliament elections last Thursday. Two hours later the real voter arrived at the polling station to cast his vote, which raised the alarm with election officials. On Thursday night as the votes were being counted at Cannock Chase Leisure Centre, the man was recognised wearing a BNP rosette. He was taken out of the count and arrested. He was then questioned by police and bailed.
The BNP's top fundraiser is today exposed as a militant anti-abortion campaigner with links to a Loyalist killer and a string of criminal convictions. Jim Dowson is a former Orangeman who featured on a tape of flute band music supporting murderer Michael Stone. He was also the face of a hardline pro-life organisation who posted names and addresses of pro-choice MSPs and a family planning group boss on the internet. Dowson, of Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, is now a key aide to BNP leader Nick Griffin. Griffin appointed Dowson as the party's money man and campaign organiser for their attempt to win seats in tomorrow's European Parliament election.
A leading candidate for the British National Party in the forthcoming European elections has been charged with failing to provide a specimen and using a vehicle with no insurance or MoT test certificate, Scotland Yard said. Robert Bailey, 43, of Romford, east London, has been bailed to appear before Havering magistrates after being charged with failing to provide a specimen and using a vehicle with no insurance and no test certificate, Scotland Yard said.
The British National Party's Richard Barnbrook faces a six month suspension after City Hall found he brought his office, the GLA and his council into disrepute. The Greater London Assembly member and councillor at Barking and Redbridge admitted knowing that murder claims he made on YouTube were false. He wrongly stated on a video that three murders had taken place in the East London borough when in fact the trio were on life-support.
A brave whistleblower warns today how race-hatred is still the lifeblood of the evil BNP - and begs People readers: "Vote for anybody but them this week." Former BNP candidate Christopher Brennan made his plea as the far-right party try to win support for Thursday's vital Euro and local elections. Leader Nick Griffin and his henchmen are selling themselves as mainstream moderates. But Chris, 21, declared: "Don't be fooled - they are racist to the core."
A British National Party activist who has run for council and to be an MP was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his deaf wife. Clive Courtney, 55, was yesterday being questioned by Avon and Somerset police for alleged violence against his spouse, Julie, at their home in Pensford. Mr Courtney has been a local organiser of the right-wing party for Bristol and has been active during the current local election campaigns.
A BNP candidate has tried to pull out of next week’s local elections because she “doesn’t want people thinking I’m racist” – and is now asking Worcester people NOT to vote for her. Corinne Tovey-Jones told your Worcester News she wants to withdraw her candidacy for the far-right British National Party in next Thursday’s Worcestershire County Council elections, but has discovered it is now too late to have her name taken off the ballot papers. Mrs Tovey-Jones, who is standing in Nunnery division in Worcester, said she had been convinced to stand for the BNP by a neighbour after her husband was made redundant. But she decided she wanted to pull out of the poll this week after comments from family and friends.
A British National Party Euro election candidate from South Yorkshire has been condemned by Jewish leaders for remarks made about the Holocaust in a television documentary. Marlene Guest, of Kimberworth Park, Rotherham, claimed 'dentistry and plastic surgery' were positives to come out of the genocide, while being filmed for Sky One documentary 'BNP Wives'. Mrs Guest, standing for the far-right party as a candidate in next week's European Parliament elections, also questioned the scale of the atrocity, saying: "I've read a thing called 'Did Six Million Jews Really Die?'. If they'd have kept the crematorium going 24/7 for 50 years, they still couldn't have burnt that amount of bodies."
A councillor arrested last year in connection with a leaked BNP membership list has lost her seat. Sadie Graham-Single is no longer councillor for Brinsley after Broxtowe Borough Council announced it is to hold a by-election for her seat. The council has called the election following Mrs Graham-Single's failure to attend the requisite number of meetings during a six-month period.
A BNP Euro election candidate is at the centre of a storm today after making obscene race-hate comments on his public Facebook page. Eddy O'Sullivan, who is standing in the Euro elections with party leader Nick Griffin, set his 'status' on the social networking website so that it said: 'Wogs go home, Gurkhas very welcome'. He joined a group called Fuck Islam and wrote a string of offensive comments on his Facebook profile. His page was public even though he could have made it private so only friends could see it.
Two leading members of the far-right British National Party plan to attend the Queen's garden party at Buckingham Palace. Richard Barnbrook, a member of the London Assembly, received the invitation in his capacity at City Hall and has decided to take the chairman of the BNP, Nick Griffin, as his guest. The move will provoke anger at City Hall among those who believe the party should not be part of the democratic system.
BNP spokesman Lee Barnes rants: 'I hate anyone with a fucking facebook account, who twitters, who has a myspace account, who spends time posting up pictures of their sad lives and their ugly mugs on the internet - if you have one of those techno shite accounts then you are sad fucking, no life, metrosexual twat.' Here’s a typical example of a 'sad fucking, no life, metrosexual twat': Nick Griffin.
Meet the female face of the BNP - the sneering single mum who led a mob of kids to throw eggs and fire an airgun at an Asian neighbour. Graphic designer Helen Forster, a paid-up member who produces leaflets for the far right group, was yesterday spared jail after being convicted of intimidation. She was the lone adult urging the hate-filled kids - some only 10 - to shout abuse during the siege at the home of terrified Meherjan Miah, who had previously lodged a complaint to police about a racially-aggravated assault. But after getting off with a 10 months suspended sentence, mum-of-three Forster, 32 - who has previous convictions for dishonesty and drug possession - failed to apologise. She just defiantly called on the authorities to "move on" Mrs Miah to stop further incidents.
Nothing to do with BNP councillors but this one made me so angry I had to include it. British National Party cowards have launched an outrageous attack on a decorated Iraq war hero - claiming he only got the Victoria Cross because he is BLACK. The vile BNP denounced brave Johnson Beharry for being "an immigrant" and tried to belittle his heroics - which saved the lives of 30 comrades - as no more than "routine". In a sick rant on its website the far-right BNP - headed by Nick Griffin - allege Lance Corporal Beharry only got Britain's top military honour because of "positive discrimination by the PC-mad government". They really are scum.
The most senior elected member of the British National Party could face suspension from the London assembly for up to six months after he admitted inventing three murders to highlight knife crime, it emerged today. A joint investigation by the Greater London authority and Barking and Dagenham council has concluded that Richard Barnbrook brought his office and the respective authorities into disrepute after falsely claiming in an interview that three murders had taken place over a three week period in the Barking and Dagenham area. The complaint is continuing, so we'll shut up.
Officials are investigating one candidate in the Darwen Town Council elections after the Lancashire Telegraph told them he was convicted for election fraud four years ago and believed to have been banned from standing in elections. BNP member Robin Evans pleaded guilty in December 2005 to two counts of forging signatures on a nomination paper for the 2004 Earcroft, Darwen, by-election and was prosecuted under the Representation of the People Act 1983. He completed 60 hours of community service and was reported at the time as being banned from standing in elections for five years.
Poulton Resident's Association invited BNP candidate Ms Vicky (Julie) Blain to a hustings for Poulton Ward Parish Council candidates at the Poulton Children's Centre, Clark Street, Morecambe. We asked Lancaster Unity readers to phone the centre and register a strong but polite protest at the fact that they are allowing the BNP on to the premises to spread its racist poison. The meeting was cancelled within a couple of hours, following dozens of phone calls.
His mindless "pranks" have ended in pain and tragedy. Now skip fire killer Kris Cherry has been exposed as a member of the BNP in court after he fired potshots from a pellet gun at members of Gateshead’s Jewish community. Just three weeks ago the 20-year-old was named for the first time as the youth who killed Michael Temperley by setting fire to the skip he was trapped in. Both boys were 15 when Cherry lit paper and pushed it through a gap between the skip’s door and its frame, on the Team Valley Retail Park, Gateshead, six years ago. There was nothing motorists and nearby shop staff could do to free Michael as debris inside caught fire. Cherry was locked away for four years’ detention after he was found guilty of manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court in March. Today Cherry is at the start of a 12-month supervision order after being brought back before the courts to be sentenced for firing a toy pellet-gun at a Jewish man “for a laugh”. In court, prosecutor Jenny Hart referred to police records to inform magistrates that Cherry had been a known member of the British National Party, and he still bears a tattoo in loyalty to the party.
A political campaigner claims he set off a Burnley Town Hall fire alarm because he feared people were trapped behind a fire door. But town hall staff insist they had told British National Party supporter John Rowe that the venue’s public gallery had been closed for a full council meeting in February, 2008, Burnley Crown Court heard. Councillors and mayor Coun Ida Carmichael, along with staff and the public, were forced to evacuate the building just after 7pm. Police arrested Rowe, who was found inside the town hall complex and he was later convicted by Burnley magistrates of causing criminal damage. He later lodged an appeal against the ruling but has lost. Good job, too.
Doctor Dicky Barnbrook has made it his business to investigate the origins of the current swine flu pandemic - no doubt using the well-equipped laboratories and highly-qualified medical personnel at the BNP's disposal - and has come to the conclusion that the illness could well originate from 'the countries of Africa', not Mexico as all other medical experts around the world have stated after examining all the evidence. This is not the first time that Doctor Dicky has taken on the medical establishment. A couple of years ago, he claimed that his bout of tuberculosis, contracted on a visit to Turkey, was actually caused by immigrants, backing up this claim by stating that TB had been eradicated in the UK 'donkey's years ago'. Fact: Cases here have NEVER fallen below 5,000 a year. Half of all TB diagnosed is in British people that were born in the UK.
May is here and the deputy leader of the British National Party, Simon Darby, has made an astonishing attack on Dr John Sentamu, the former Bishop of Birmingham, describing his Ugandan countrymen as SPEAR-THROWERS. Darby blasted Dr Sentamu, now Archbishop of York, after the cleric criticised the BNP’s controversial call for black and Asian Britons to be described as “racial foreigners” in future. Darby, who is bidding to become a Midlands Euro MP, said: “Dr Sentamu should not interfere in the political process. He’s not in any position to tell me or anyone else who is, or isn’t, English. If I went to Uganda and told them that they were all genetic mongrels and that anyone could be Ugandan I’d still be picking spears out of myself now.”
The Suffolk farmer who built gallows for export was arrested just weeks after the British National Party chose him as a candidate for the European elections. The BNP confirmed that David Lucas, of Mildenhall, was arrested and questioned by Suffolk Police and that he had been released on bail. A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “A 48-year-old man from Lakenheath has been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods".
A BNP councillor was disowned by the party in an extraordinary move. Cllr John Gamble, who won a seat in the Brinsworth and Catcliffe ward last May, will no longer represent the BNP on Rotherham Borough Council. The shock move to strip Cllr Gamble of the party whip by regional officials reduces the number of BNP councillors on the council from two to one and appears to have been caused by 'serious differences'.
A row erupted after BNP members parked a campaign trailer outside a school. Representatives, including two councillors, were filmed arguing with a senior teacher from Pendle Vale College, in Oxford Road, after a large sign emblazoned with the party’s logo and a slogan was driven to the site. Coun Derek Dawson, who represents Gannow ward on Burnley Council, said he and Pendle borough councillor Brian Parker were in front of the school to do an interview for BNP TV about the Government’s £250million Building Schools for the Future programme.
A landlord has accused the council of ‘bullying’ him for standing as a BNP candidate by issuing his pub with a compulsory purchase order (CPO). Derek Adams, who came second in a recent Moston by-election, said that his premises - the Ace of Diamonds on Oldham Road - faces a CPO under the council’s Private Finance Initiative in Miles Platting. In a statement on its website, the BNP claims that the CPO was issued ‘for no apparent reason other than to persecute the owner’ and that the pub was not originally included in the area’s redevelopment plans. However, council officials have rubbished the claims, saying that the decision to issue the CPO in December 2007 followed widespread consultation and publicity about plans for the area dating back to 2001. The fact that the Ace of Diamonds is a dump anyway might have helped.
A row broke out between the church and the British National Party in Heanor after a councillor branded the teachings of the Bible "twisted and evil" in his internet blog. Lewis Allsebrook, BNP member for Heanor West on Amber Valley Borough Council, was responding in his 'Amber Valley Does Matter' blog to comments made by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, who said that the church must watch very carefully for any potential BNP gains during the financial crisis.
In a cruel and warped outburst against those who had expressed their condolences at the death of David Cameron's severely-disabled son Ivan, Jeff Marshall, the central London BNP organiser, who lives in Whitechapel, wrote: “We live in a country today which is unhealthily dominated by an excess of sentimentality towards the weak and unproductive. No good will come of it.” Not content with attacking those mourning the death of a severely disabled child who brought “joy and love to those around him”, Marshall continued in his sick tirade, stating that although it would be “a kindness” to kill children with disabilities, this was not the same as advocating such a measure as compulsory state policy. “But so what if it is,” he asked. “At least we would all know where we stand. There is actually not a great deal of point in keeping these sort of people alive, after all.”
The Wakefield Express reported that a Mapplewell man has been sent to prison for attacking his ex-partner. What was not mentioned in both the newspaper and the courtroom was that the convicted man was none other than John Aveyard, former organiser of the BNP's Wakefield branch and serial candidate for Wakefield South. He was sent to prison for 22 weeks for assault and harassment. This is not the first time Aveyard has had a brush with the law. In 2005 he received a £100 fine with £75 costs for failing to maintain proper records at his Wakefield taxi firm, which is a condition of his private hire licence.
April Fool's Day arrives and who better to play the fool but Dicky Barnbrook, the BNP's idiot in chief, who has become a mobile kissogram (allegedly).
A man who regularly stands in elections for the British National Party has boasted about his disregard for “rules and regulations” controlling the use of firearms in the UK. Steve Fyfe, who has stood for North East Lincolnshire Council on four occasions, has numerous postings on internet forums which reveal an unhealthy obsession with guns and contain hints that not everything he owns is legal. Fyfe (known as 'sidneysausage' to the Guns 'n Ammo cognoscenti), the party's Grimsby organiser, managed to come a stunning fourth in the Yarborough Ward by-election.
Parents of children at Hereward Primary School have condemned the nomination of local BNP leader Pat Richardson as a school governor. Richardson, the BNP's token Jew, put herself forward for the role after no candidates came forward from the local community.
The British National Party’s regional organiser in the North-East was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment. Ken Booth, who lives in Fenham, Newcastle, was arrested by Northumbria Police and bailed pending further inquiries. Mr Booth’s arrest is understood to have followed a complaint made to police by a Muslim councillor in the city. Booth has previously stood for the BNP for a seat on Newcastle City Council.
March, and former Stoke BNP candidate Craig Pond decides he has had enough of being in the BNP and goes off and forms his own party, the Potteries Community Federation. Still, he took another two BNP members with him, so we have much to be grateful for.
Roy Kevin West, former BNP candidate at Dukinfield, who racially-abused his German-born neighbour, was fined £125 and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £15 victim's surcharge. He was also ordered to pay Mr Kugow, the neighbour, £50 compensation. West had claimed he was innocent of all charges but finally admitted his guilt at the last minute. So, a liar as well as a racist. West is now facing eviction from his home.
Patrick Sullivan, who stood for the BNP in local by-elections, put a 20ft flagpole draped with Union Jacks outside his bungalow in Highwoods Square, Colchester. Within days he was asked by Colchester Borough Homes, which owns the building, to take it down, following complaints from other residents. After much moaning and groaning he was forced to remove this blight.
February arrives with a blast of freezing wind in the form of Bob Bailey, the BNP's London organise, who tells us that the revelation of one of the party's candidate's criminal past and death threats will win votes. Charlotte Lewis (again) is a former animal rights activist who was sentenced to six months inside for writing threatening letters to employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences, a Cambridgeshire laboratory that carries out product testing on animals. Bailey claimed that 'It's extra publicity for us and it will increase our share of the vote'. We'll see.
BNP candidate for the Canvey East Town Council seat, John Morgan, faced the wrath of the local football team, the Gulls, when his election leaflet showed him standing by the St George’s flag, painted on the gates of the club’s Park Road ground. Gulls publicity officer Glenn Eckett said: “The leaflet makes it look like we support the BNP, which we certainly do not. It didn’t ask if it could take the photo. Had it asked permission we would have said no. The BNP has extreme views which we don’t support. We want to highlight the fact we welcome people of all races and religions at Park Lane.”
Charlotte Lewis, who is rapidly becoming a star in anti-fascist circles, BNP candidate for a ward in Sutton, conveniently forgets to inform the voters that she had attempted to defraud them in the past by standing in a ward under a false address. Sadly, she wasn't taken to court by the local authority though she was questioned extensively by the police about the matter.
January, and Jim Hamezeian, leader of the Peoples Party on Barrow Borough Council, was alleged to have breached the code of conduct at the election count last May. Complainant Mike Ashburner, a British National Party candidate who stood against Cllr Hamezeian for the Ormsgill ward, claimed he was verbally attacked by Cllr Hamezeian after the result of the ballot was read out. “He (Jim Hamezeian) held up to me a poster which read: ‘Down with the racist and fascist scumbags’ and then subjected me to a torrent of vile abuse,” Mr Ashburner told the Evening Mail. The council's Standards Committee found in Hamezeian's favour.
Borough council chiefs in Burnley have formally applied for a court order which would prevent idiotic British National Party member John Rowe from attending the local authority’s meetings in future. The announcement comes as Rowe, of Tennis Street, Burnley, was convicted of causing criminal damage to a fire alarm at the town hall in May.
One of Richard Barnbrook's fellow BNP councillors was thrown out of a Barking and Dagenham council meeting after refusing to apologise for comparing sex education to paedophilia. Lawrence Rustem was asked to say sorry for his remark but rather than withdraw his statement, Rustem instead launched into a long rant about the Labour government and immigration declaring that he would 'answer the question the way I want to answer it.' When even calls from his own party members to 'shut up' were ignored, Rustem was escorted from the chamber. Not willing to leave it there, he turned on a Labour councillor and offered him 'outside for a dance.' What a dick.
A South Normanton parish councillor claims there is a 'political vendetta' against him after a court ordered him to remove a high fence from his property. BNP member Brian Edwards, of Carr Lane, appeared before Derby Magistrates' Court after an enforcement order was issued by Bolsover District Council. Appearing in front of Judge Caroline Golbourn, Edwards admitted failing to remove a two-metre high steel palisade fence from his Market Street house in South Normanton.
Later in the month it emerged that Matt Single, who has twice stood for Basildon Council on behalf of the British National Party, was one of two people arrested in connection with the release last month of a confidential list containing details of more than 10,000 party members. Single is Sadie Graham's partner.
December sees the arrest of dissident BNP councillor Sadie Graham in connection with the unauthorised release of the party's membership list. Booted out of the party a year ago, Graham and the rest of the rebels have become standard targets whenever anything goes wrong for the BNP. A BNP councillor dies - it must be Sadie Graham's fault, Nick Griffin trips over - definitely caused by Sadie Graham, milk's gone off - bloody Sadie Graham. I'm starting to feel quite sorry for her...
Richard Barnbrook, the BNP's only member in the London assembly, is under investigation by the Greater London authority after he was accused of wrongly alleging that three murders had taken place in his borough. The moronic Barnbrook's case is still continuing (Aug 2009).
Independent Barnsley councillor Donna Hollins is in trouble after her name appeared on the leaked BNP membership list. Opposed to supporting asylum-seekers, Hollins simply refused to comment when asked why she was listed as a BNP member but stood as an Independent. Throw her out, the liar!
November sees BNP councillor Mark Logan startle Havering Council by throwing around accusations of murder following the death of an elderly constituent after a forced eviction.
Technology teacher Mark Walker was suspended from Sunnydale Community College, in Shildon, County Durham, last March pending an internal inquiry. Now, the school’s board of governors has terminated Mr Walker’s contract on the basis of his sickness record. He will, of course, appeal. As will his brother, Adam Walker, who is due to appear before England’s General Teaching Council in Birmingham next month and faces being struck off the teaching register. He left his job at Houghton Kepier Sports College, Houghton-le-Spring, Wearside, last year after using a school computer to join an online discussion forum about the BNP. Both men stood unsuccessfully for the BNP in Durham County elections.
We're reminded this month of the truly ghastly Lynne Mozar, one of the 'stars' of the appalling BNP Wives documentary on Sky TV. Mozar has, presumably because there is a lack of coherent speakers in the BNP, joined their speakers list and now travels far and wide to treat branches to her raucous voice. Oddly, the fact that she's a racist imbecile doesn't seem to bother them.
Former BNP candidate for Dukinfield, Roy Kevin West, was charged with racially aggravated harassment over claims he shouted abuse at a German neighbour.
October is upon us and we have news of an Independent councillor, Jeffrey Tucker, at Havering who not only entertains BNP leader Nick Griffin but has links with the National Liberal Party (which has its roots in the National Front).
Not to be outdone by Peter Turpin (see below), the idiotic Joey Smith (or Joe Barber, his real name), the singing BNP candidate for October's Dewsbury East by-election branded Dewsbury an 'enriched slum'. These idiots really know how to make themselves popular, don't they.
Peter Turpin, a councillor for the BNP in Epping Forest, writes a blog in which he singles out Jaywick for criticism, describing it as resembling a 'shanty town', much to the disgust of local residents.
Angela Reid, daughter of the late East Ender's actor Mike Reid, is jubilantly displayed as the latest trophy candidate for the BNP by the party's press officer Simon Darby, and on the party's own website. Fearing adverse publicity, she suddenly removed herself from the candidacy in the Witham West by-election, leaving the BNP candidate-free and with red faces all round.
John Rowe, who seems to be aiming for the post of biggest idiot in the BNP (a difficult challenge but he might just manage it if he keeps up to his current high standards) disrupts yet another Burnley Council meeting by entering the public gallery when he's banned from so doing (and incidentally in breach of bail conditions, having not turned up to court when he should). Three plods arrived to escort this fuckwit from the premises.
Colin Auty finally formally resigns as BNP councillor for Dewsbury East after his disastrous leadership challenge that never was. Oh dear, what a shame.
Major dickhead and would-be councillor John Rowe, who set off a fire alarm in a fit of pique at not being allowed to disrupt a council meeting, had a warrant issued for his arrest after not turning up to court in September.
The return of an old favourite sees ex-Burnley BNP councillor Luke Smith in court (yet again) for a crime involving violence (yet again). This time, he's at court for attacking a pub landlord rather than glassing Warren Bennett, the old BNP head of security, at the party's annual piss-up, the Red, White and Blue.
A British National Party candidate won just 37 votes in a by-election in Redbridge, east London. Anthony Young, a retired solicitor, came last out of four candidates, with 1.4%, in Cranbrook ward in the south of the borough, which borders onto Barking and Dagenham, where the BNP has 12 councillors.
Finally, Colin Auty realises that the BNP is undemocratic and decides to resign as a councillor for the party. What a pity it took him so many years to cotton on.
Another day, another photo-op for Richard Barnbrook, who this time manages to look a total prat on a bike with a large bunch of fruit attached. Still, it's handy for a caption competition. :-)
July arrives with the news that Colin Auty's leadership challenge has collapsed before it even started as he was unable to get the required hundred signatures to stand against Nick Griffin. Not altogether surprising really, following the anti-Auty letters that have been sent out to the entire membership.
BNP parish councillor Simon Deacon is expected to collapse in confusion when confronted by his council's Equal Opportunities Policy next month. Deacon is a former leading National Front activist.
Colin Auty, in the last desperate throes of his leadership campaign, decides to get a bit harder on Nick Griffin, branding him a crook and a liar. Too little, too late, in our opinion.
Robert Bailey, now leader of the BNP on Barking and Dagenham Council - had a face-off with Barking College principal just hours before the college held a Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) event at its Dagenham Road, Dagenham campus. According to Mr Parker, the Alibon ward councillor ordered him to stop hosting such events, or there would be "problems" from BNP members at the college.
Barnbrook (again) but this time he's in trouble for taking a banana into the council chamber and eating it while a meeting is in progress, despite a clear rule banning food in the chamber. What is it about BNP councillors that they think rules and the law can just pass them by?
Stan Leese, the BNP's candidate in Stoke-on-Trent's Northwood and Birches Head ward, was given the red card by Staffordshire Football Association which stated that his political views were at odds with the FA's equal rights and anti-racism policies. Quite right, too.
Richard Barnbrook entertains/disgusts us with the revelation that he can PROVE he has been in a relationship with actress Tilda Swinton. How? Because he still has DNA proof - after twenty years or so. Ohmigod.
June is here and yet another BNP man is under investigation by the Electoral Commission after allegations that John Burgess, who was elected to represent the far-right party in the Meir Park and Sandon ward on Stoke-on-Trent City Council, may have misled the voters on statements he made on his nomination papers.
Barking and Dagenham's BNP councillors are famed for their appalling attendance record for meetings. Working out their allowances and the meetings they actually turned up for, means they 'earned' an average of £1635 per meeting. Not a bad return for doing nothing.
The strangely quiet Richard Barnbrook emerges from his shell to grab a photo-opportunity following the death of Robert Knox, a teenager killed in a knife attack. Barnbrook called on all young people to back him in his campaign to stop knife crime and claimed that 100 would join him in a protest at City Hall. How many turned up to support this opportunist bastard? Not a single one.
BNP councillors in Barking and Dagenham came in for lots of criticism after voting against plans for future social and affordable housing in the borough. The lack of social and affordable housing was one of their key election campaigns and their biggest single pledge was to get more. The hapless idiots on this occasion? Robert Bailey and Lawrence Rustem.
British National Party candidate and all-round moron John Rowe was nicked by police after he set off a fire alarm in a fit of pique at being refused admission to a meeting. Instead of the kick in the bollocks that he deserved for putting people's lives at risk, he was fined £80.
A couple of weeks into May and it's the turn of BNP election 'guru' Eddy Butler to send out a letter to the membership referring to Colin Auty, a perfectly legitimate challenger, as, among other things, a 'joke' candidate. It's amazing how all these letters can go out to the membership when they are anti-challenger but when Auty asks for the membership list so he can send something out he's told that would be in breach of the Data Protection Act.
A leaflet to promote BNP hopeful Alan Girvan in Dewsbury East was withdrawn after it was pointed out that some of the images used on it breached copyright.
John Oddy, short-lived councillor for Colwyn Bay Town Council (see below) gets done for using his mobile while driving. The BNP - the party of law and order. Indeed.
David Exley, the bane of Kirklees, is booted out as a councillor in favour of Labour - a surprise to both parties.
Lee Barnes, the BNP's pseudo-intellectual legal beagle, sends out the infamous 'puupet' letter to the membership, warning them not to be taken in by Colin Auty's outrageous attempt to challenge the leader of the party, Nick Griffin.
Upon winning a seat on the London Assembly, the idiotic Richard Barnbrook attempted to make a speech (though he sounded pretty sloshed and forgot the name of the new Mayor. That didn't matter much though because most people walked off the stage when he stumbled on. Just to let us know how much of a tosser he intends to be, he immediately called for Union Jacks to be flown permanently and for the burka to be banned. Off to a good start then.
May arrives with a bit of sunshine and the news that Colin Auty, Kirklees BNP councillor, is to challenge Nick Griffin for the leadership of the party. This should prove to be the end of Auty's career (such as it is).
Normally we wouldn't bother writing much about the BNP's parish/town councillors because they generally do even less than its borough/city councillors but when the party loses three at once, it's worth a mention. John Oddy, Paul Harley and Sue Harley all resign the BNP whip at Colwyn Bay town council (before they've even attended their first meeting). A record - even by the extremely low standards of the BNP.
April is here and the BNP is well on
form. London BNP's second in line for the Assembly, Nick Eriksen,
is discovered to have some peculiar views on women, including the
bizarre idea that
women are more troubled by bag theft than rape. Thankfully
he's booted out the day after his views become public - though
he remains in the party and in his role as organiser.
March sees the BNP saying goodbye to Pat Pattison, a town councillor for Llysfaen. Pattison claimed he was being booted out because he had helped an Asian family, while the BNP stated that he did not meet the standard it expected from its councillors. And they said that without laughing. Mr Pattison wrote to us to make a few things clear...
On March 17th at Leeds Magistrates Court, John Powell was found guilty of assault by beating/battery of it is believed his wife. Powell who stood as a BNP candidate in Beeston & Holbeck in 2004,Garforth and Swillington in 2006 and Killingbeck and Seacroft in 2007 received a 12 months community order.
February, and we wave a fond goodbye to Alan Bailey, another BNP thug who somehow managed to become a councillor then stood down - this time for work reasons.
December sees a whole host of councillors standing down - maybe. Sadie Graham, Chris Beverley and a few others announce that they are to become 'independent nationalists' rather than BNP councillors. To date, this hasn't happened. We'll change the page when it does.
November begins with a final burst of sun for the year and several BNP councillors, organisers and general hangers-on making fools of themselves, like Ken Booth, Tyneside organiser for the BNP, who claimed that Auschwitz was like a theme park.
There was much embarrassment for the BNP in Scotland when it was revealed that an internal bulletin suggested that the party should take advantage of the shortage of volunteers for the annual Poppy Appeal. They really are opportunistic filth - from Griffin at the top of the party all the way down to the scum at the bottom.
On a lighter note, Richard Barnbrook acts the fool as usual over at Barking and Dagenham. This little exchange should tell you everything you need to know about him.
...Barnbrook claimed that knife
crime in his ward was up six-fold this year. 'I refer you to the
stabbings at Becontree station'.
'Oh' said Barnbrook.
Still in November and we receive the news that BNP community councillor Patrick Pattison is being dragged off to court by Conwy County Borough Council to prevent him behaving in a “threatening, abusive or insulting way” towards officers and members. His response was interesting; 'I’m being victimised by this council, it’s been going on for years'. Indeed.
October brings us the happy news that James Lloyd, BNP councillor for Princes End ward on Sandwell council, has not attended a meeting in six months and thus will be booted off the council - and the deed is done in mid-October bringing the BNP down to 47 councillors out of around 22,000. Read on below for much more about the appalling Lloyd.
September sees the David Enderby's appeal against a conviction of assaulting his wife, his mother-in-law and a 14-year-old girl upheld. Enderby, who claims to be ex-SAS, was convicted back in January and sadly walked away with just a fine for assault. This appeal adds another £200 to it. Pity he's not inside though the real shame is that he's still a councillor. Scum.
September also brings news that unsuccessful BNP candidate Dominic Bugler has received an ASBO for subjecting his neighbours to 18 months of abuse, littering, drinking and fighting. Pelsall councillor Gary Perry said; "It was ironic that during the May elections he put out leaflets saying he was opposed to antisocial behaviour and in favour of law and order". Indeed it was. Bugler and his vile family have also been evicted from their home for non-payment of rent.
One of our correspondents states, 'I was one of the residents...who helped obtain the ASBO against Dominic Bugler. He had terrorised Pelsall for years! We had to go to court, but thankfully, did not have to give evidence as he pleaded guilty! Mind you we had to wait 4 hours to hear this news as Bugler had been arrested the day before for breach of the peace and he had to be tried for that first! He had also been found guilty of assault 3 weeks earlier for attacking another resident in the street! Mind you, in the May local elections he did get more votes than all the other independent candidates and he was in prison at the time on a firearms charge!'
What a great example Bugler is of the shiny new law and order-supporting BNP.
Would-be councillor Ian Leadbitter, also the Sunderland BNP organiser, used the letters column of his local newspaper to resign from his post and also as a candidate for the BNP in local elections, citing 'differences of opinions' as his reason. Leadbitter was, you'll recall, the arrogant taxi driver who lost his contract to drive autistic kids to and from school after he ignored pleas that some of them found the extremely loud radio in his taxi distressing.
August, and one of the victims of the purge following the BNP leadership election is Sandwell councillor, Simon Smith. Though resigning as a member of the party, it's pretty clear that his resignation was forced upon him rather than voluntary. This loss puts the BNP with less councillors than it had before the May elections!
July, and summer arrives with the usual deluge of rain and floods all over the place. There is however, a bright spot. Terry Farr, BNP councillor on Epping Forest District Council resigns stating pressure of work. Nobody believes it, choosing instead to believe that he's been embarrassed into resigning because he's just useless (as are all the BNP contingent).
July also sees the ghastly Bradford West BNP councillor Paul Cromie, a veteran of Standard Board investigations, found guilty by the SB of bringing his office into disrepute by dishing out £5 gifts to pensioners at an old people's home.
A British National Party councillor has been suspended for publishing material which was "hateful and abusive" to ethnic minorities. Councillor Simon Smith of Sandwell Council in the Black Country put the material on his council web-page, was reported to the Standards Board, who did the decent thing and suspended him. So why not sack him?
June 2007sees what appears to be an all-time record for the shortest tenure of any councillor - albeit for a parish council, when British National Party member Peter Pirnie quit his Kingswear council seat just three days after taking his seat. It's also the month when Jim Lloyd's lad earned himself three years inside for being a twat - just like his Sandwell BNP councillor father.
May 2007got off to a good start. Dominic Bugler, BNP candidate for Pelsall (Walsall Council), appeared at the town's magistrates court charged with possessing an imitation firearm. He was remanded in custody until after the election.
The May local government elections produced some nice results. Richard Mulhall, formerly councillor for Calderdale and convicted benefit thief, was unceremoniously booted out, while the BNP's very own fake vicar, Robert West, leader of the BNP front-group, the Christian Council of Britain, was kicked out of his Spalding seat too. Oh happy day.
The elections were a disaster for the BNP. They fielded 750 candidates and spent copious amounts of money on leaflets et al, only to find themselves with just one extra councillor. This was cancelled just a week later by Longton North's Mark Leat, who moved across the chamber to become an Independent.
Mike Howson, the BNP's regional organiser for the mid-west and former candidate for the party, who is one of the people responsible for the BNP's ludicrous BNP-instigated vigilante group (sorry, 'community patrol') in Corsham and who is also an apparently highly-regarded air cadet youth leader, was found to have a web site littered with 'white pride' and 'white nationalist' videos, some of which have swastikas prominently placed on them.
Two Sandwell BNP councillors, Simon Smith and Carl Butler, staged an impromptu walkout from Sandwell Council at the Mayor-making ceremony because the new Mayor was a Sikh, Gurcharan Sidhu, claiming that his appointment breaches Magna Carta, the morons. It looks like they'll be joining many of their BNP comrades in a visit to the Standards Board.
April 2007 brings a whole cluster of dodgy nominations courtesy of the BNP - but it also provides some other entertainment. Barnsley BNP candidate Nick Parker has a conviction for fraud, having been fined £450 by Wakefield magistrates for forging a document from a financial firm which stated an insurance policy was worth less than its true value. He was a magistrate until his conviction!
Karl Newman, candidate in Redditch, has an obsession with all things Nazi, going to 're-enactments' and rebuilding swastika-laden WWII-vintage Nazi vehicles. You might think he's just your average fruitcake until you hear that he said in an interview with a local paper; '...so the BNP is only for white people, but that does not mean I am a racist.' Okay Karl. Keep on taking the tablets.
Allan Milton, would-be BNP candidate for Kirklees, had to withdraw from the May 2007 local council election because he works for the council on which he was attempting to sit. Although the rules are very clear and have been in place for the past thirty-five years, Milton just happened not to spot that he would have been in breach of the law if he had stood. How convenient.
Once again, the ghastly Colin Auty, a Kirklees BNP councillor, has been reported (in March and April 2007) to the Standards Board, though this time for a racist song, sung by his crap band Red Claire, which includes Paul Cromie, another habitué of the Standards Board. Auty has now (April 2007) been re-referred to the Standards Board following a further complaint after he played the song outside the office of Labour MP Shahid Malik.
Former British National Party European election candidate has been left nearly £30,000 out of pocket after a court struck out his libel claim against Searchlight. Sidney Chaney, a serial litigant from Basildon, Essex, brought his action against Searchlight Information Services, Gerry Gable and Sonia Gable over a leaflet that Searchlight published during the 2004 European election campaign. Tough luck Sid.
An investigation has been launched into claims that BNP councillors in Sandwell allegedly voted illegally at an annual budget meeting in March 2007. Sandwell Council lawyers are to pass on information to police after allegations that one or more of the borough's four BNP councillors took part in the meeting despite being in arrears with their council tax. It is illegal for local authority members to vote on budgetary matters if they are more than two months behind with payments. A Sandwell Council spokesman confirmed an investigation was under way into the allegations against BNP councillors James Lloyd, Simon Smith, Carl Butler and Russell Green, though it seems likely that the main culprit is James Lloyd, who certainly is in arrears with his council tax.
The three BNP councillors on Kirklees Council, Colin Auty, David Exley and Roger Roberts, also come in for heavy criticism in March 2007 for remaining silent through the entire six-hour budget meeting. Three Green councillors contributed in the proper way and succeeded in influencing the authority’s budget.
Would be BNP councillor, Michael Dafter, who stood for the far-right party twice, received a two-year banning order in court in January 2007, banning him from football matches both home and abroad, after hooliganism in Newcaster City Centre. Dafter's football-related criminal record goes back years.
BNP councillor for Redditch Borough Council, David Enderby, couldn't wait long to get into the swing of things. Just weeks after being elected, he had been charged with three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Enderby, who won by just 12 votes, claims to be ex-SAS and says, as all BNP councillors do when they're accused of absolutely anything illegal, 'I'm not guilty of any offence at all.' The court saw differently and found him guilty on all counts (23.1.2007).
Sandwell BNP councillor, James Lloyd, lost the licence (22.1.2007) to the pub he ran at Tipton after incidents involving attacks with semi-automatic weapons and machetes. Lloyd refused to pass over CCTV footage of the incidents and also refused to make written statements to the police. Could this be a coincidence, given that the pub - the Lagoon - was the local BNP headquarters?
Another Sandwell councillor Simon Smith, had his council-hosted website closed down after the council realised that it contravened its duty to 'promote equality and good race relations'.
Retired businessman Paul Cromie, BNP councillor for the Queensbury ward in Bradford, is going for the triple. He's currently (October 2006) under investigation for vote-buying and the Standards Board are investigating a complaint against him that he brought the council into disrepute by sending out a bunch of pornographic pictures via email. Cromie, of course, denies this, claiming to be computer-illiterate - a strange claim for a councillor and businessman in this day and age. Not content with being in more trouble than the average BNP councillor, Christmas 2006 saw him send out over 200 £5 'presents' to pensioners at sheltered housing in his ward, a 'gift' that many see as a bribe and that has Bradford Council legal officers scurrying around to see if he's acted outside the law. Cromie is either staggeringly naive or shockingly stupid - or he thinks we all are.
November 2006 and Mirfield BNP councillor Roger Roberts is thrown off the council for not attending a meeting for six months, which seems to be a common habit amongst BNP councillors. Sadly, he's still a councillor for Heckmondwike. Since he defected to the BNP from the Tories, he regularly attended a meeting every six months. What a fine example of a hard-working councillor. He won't be missed.
In 2000, BNP member John Haycock was elected unopposed to a parish
council in Bromyard. He was sacked from the council nine months
later for non-attendance. More contempt for democracy.
The BNP use dirty tricks. In November 2002 they secured their fourth councillor when Robin Evans won Mill Hill ward in Blackburn. Their campaign was based on deception and lies. In one leaflet a picture of Finsbury Park mosque was printed, with a caption stating that Muslims there celebrated the September 11th attacks. It neglected to tell voters that this mosque was in London.
Another ludicrous claim – that Asians were likely to become the majority in Blackburn within 10 years – was aimed at stoking up fear based on misinformation. In fact the non-white population stands at one-fifth in the town.
Forgery was even attempted when the BNP produced a leaflet purporting to come from the Liberal Democrats. Under the title 'Caring for Ethnic Minorities' the leaflet urged people to vote Lib Dem if they wanted more money spent on Asians and asylum seekers. The leaflet is now under police investigation. A similar dirty tricks campaign was used in the Mixenden by-election in Halifax.
Luke Smith (Burnley). Was forced to resign after he smashed a bottle
into the face of a Leeds BNP organiser. Despite claiming to be the
party of law and order, the BNP failed to call in the police and
press charges. Smith had only recently been convicted of football
violence when he was elected as a BNP candidate. He has had several
more recent convictions and was recently sentenced to 11 months imprisonment
after being caught fighting in Manchester.
Recently found guilty of a racially
aggravated public order offence in which he shouted a racist comment
at a group of Asian men outside the Orange House pub in Hammerton
Street, Burnley, before telling them to get back 'to their own
country' for which he was ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid
work in the community – the maximum magistrates can impose – observe
a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew for four months and pay £300 costs.
Attended just three council meetings out of eleven.
Claire Doncaster, one of the new BNP councillors for Alibon ward, was taken to court last year. Rent arrears of £2,280 have still not been paid. Finally evicted in late-August 2006, Doncaster was part of the group of new BNP councillors who became the official opposition in Barking and Dagenham on May 2006. Good to see they're keeping up to their usual standards.
She is now residing with her mother Sandra who is also a BNP councillor for Valence Ward. Sandra Doncaster is also being threatened with eviction from her council home for non payment of council tax. A fine example. Never mind - if they're both evicted, perhaps they could go and stay with fellow BNP councillor Jeffrey Steed. Oh no, sorry, they can't - he owes the council £1300. What a bunch.
Sandra Doncaster is pretty well known in Valence.
Two years ago she pleaded guilty at Barking Magistrates Court of
leaving her dogs barking in the house for long periods, despite
receiving a council warning. She was fined £200 and ordered to pay
£250 costs plus her name was placed on the council's list of
nuisance neighbours. Back in 2000, Snaresbrook Crown Court rejected
an appeal from Doncaster and her husband against an order for the
destruction of one of their German Shepherds because it was a danger
to the public.
A couple were listed among the
assentors on the nomination form for Peter Wade, who
unsuccessfully stood for the BNP in the Eccleshill ward in the
elections in May 2006. Wade claimed he had met the couple in a pub -
which the couple categorically deny. An investigation is now under
way by the police.
Richard Barnbrook, the leader of the BNP group on Barking and Dagenham Council, is under investigation for allegedly supplying electoral officers with the wrong home address - that enabled him to stand for the council. The whole BNP group of eleven councillors was humiliated at its first meeting when just a single BNP councillor voted for an amendment to a paper. The amendment had been proposed by the BNP itself.
Barnbrook is not Mr Popular, even in his own group. A couple of months ago a group of BNP activists distributed anti-Barnbrook leaflets outside a Dagenham pub and betting office, calling on him to resign as group leader.
Barking and Dagenham BNP tried to take credit for the announcement that thousands of new homes were to be built in the borough, that was made just weeks after the elections. This despite the fact that the decisions were all made months before the BNP arrived on the scene.
Robert Buckley, the new BNP
councillor for Mayesbrook ward, appeared at Ilford County Court
yesterday (May 25th) after failing to pay his rent for five months.
After the hearing, Mr Buckley said his attendance allowance as a
councillor would help him repay his debt.
Clarke has now been booted off her
second council seat (on Keighley Town Council) for non-attendance,
after missing six month's worth of meetings, a habit she shares with
many other BNP councillors.
Pendle's first BNP councillor, Brian Parker (elected May 2006), went on holiday to Scarborough instead of attending his first council meeting at which five items on the agenda related directly to his ward.
He's not the only one. George
Morgan, newly-elected to Chelmsley Wood ward on Solihull
Council, couldn't be bothered to attend the council's inaugural
meeting at the council's Civic Suite, where the new borough
councillors normally take their seats for the first time.
In Halifax and Burnley, BNP councillors failed to attend the crucial budget meeting that sets council tax and spending for the coming year. This was in spite of promising voters that they would fight for tax cuts. In Burnley, all three councillors were absent from the most important meeting of the year.
Confirmed racist and former member of the BNP, Sharon Ebanks, who lost her short-lived BNP seat on Birmingham City Council in July 2006 after the party forced the issue of a miscount to the High Court, which could end up costing the council as much as £100,000, attended her first council meeting but said nothing, preferring to sit and fiddle with her numerous mobile phones. Ebanks has since been sacked from the BNP following claims that £7000 that was collected from supporters to go towards her costs in the High Court had disappeared into the bottomless pockets of the BNP treasury, subsequent angry exchanges and an awful lot of insults and accusations. This one will run and run.
The annual budget meeting is the most important council meeting of the year. It is here that the level of services is determined and the council tax. So what did the BNP councillors in Calderdale do? Largely ignore it. Adrian Marsden did not even bother to attend. Richard Mulhall turned up to enjoy the free buffet but seemed to disappear after only a few minutes of the meeting, so missing all the votes. Geoffrey Wallace did turn up but then vanished missing two key votes, including one that will lead to a cut in funding for the voluntary sector. The voluntary sector, including charities and groups that help the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged children, will not be thanking the BNP. The crucial vote was tied but fell with the casting vote of the Mayor. If only one BNP councillor had been bothered to be present during the vote then the voluntary sector, and the people who rely on their hard work, could have been smiling. As it was they weren't, and once again the BNP let down its voters. All this is a far cry from the BNP's own manual into being a good councillor - written by the Calderdale BNP councillors.
Burnley BNP budget debacle: the budget meeting is the most important council event of the year. It is the meeting where the level of services are determined and the council tax is set. It is an opportunity for political parties to give their views on the priorities over the coming year. In 2003 none of the BNP councillors attended. In 2004 they were there but sat in silence. In 2005 only two of the six attended and then one left after 30 minutes. In 2006 only two of the six attended and they voted for the Labour budget.
Moving on to BNP councillors who never made it, we come to Paul Snell, former candidate for Heanor and Loscoe on Amber Valley Borough Council (twice). Snell first stood for the seat in February, when the BNP was severely criticised for falsely claiming illegal immigrants raped a local woman. Police say the incident never happened.
Former BNP Worcester Organizer, Kevin Hughes, who stood for his local council seat a couple of years ago (and lost), is currently serving thirty months for attacking an Iraqi in a pub after asking him where he came from. West Midlands organiser and deputy leader of the party Simon Darby said they would stand by Hughes. 'We are 100 per cent behind Kevin and the day he steps out of prison is the day he gets his job back,' said Darby. Since then, the BNP has droned on endlessly about their so-called 'political prisoner' and how terrible it is that he's been banged up. Their main problem appears to be articulated in this question, which they use whenever they refer to Hughes; 'What is an Iraqi doing in a British pub when British soldiers are in Iraq?' Update: Hughes had his sentence reduced by six months at his appeal on 6.10.06.
Former BNP council candidate, Garry Marshall, 46, of Sutton in Ashfield, received a life sentence in November 2006 for the murder of his partner a year earlier. A post-mortem examination revealed she suffered 37 stab wounds to her neck and abdomen. Marshall, a former miner who ran for the British National Party in the 1995 Kirkby North by-election for Nottinghamshire County Council and lost, had previously claimed he was elsewhere at the time.
Another would-be BNP councillor is keeping closer to the British National Party's football hooligan tradition. Jason Douglas, who stood in Redbridge, was caught up in a violent pitch invasion at a football match over the weekend after the election. Douglas has a record of hooliganism already and was at the ground despite a prior ban - for hooliganism.
In May 2001, six BNP council candidates in Burnley were excluded after it was discovered that several of the people who were supposed to have signed the nomination papers denied doing so.
Deception also played a role in a council by-election in Three Rivers, Hertfordshire in November 2000. Several people who signed the form nominating BNP member Ian Edwards later complained that they were unaware of what they were signing. This included an 80-year-old Labour Party member.
Colin Smith, a key member of the BNP gave an address in Beckton, despite actually living in Bexleyheath. In May 1998, Smith stood in two local council elections simultaneously, using separate addresses to meet the residence requirement in each case.
One candidate, Paul Henderson, stood under a false name. In Scotland, where the BNP fielded eight candidates, seven were not living at the addresses given on their nomination forms.
Brian Wainwright has twice stood for election for the BNP. In 2004 he was a council BNP candidate for Ovenden, polling 894 votes to Linda Riordan's 1,263. He stood as BNP Parliamentary candidate for Hull North in 2005 but polled just 766. Wainwright is in court for sending hate mail to an Asian councillor, an anti-racist campaigner and a mosque. The mails included threats, a promise that blood would be spilled, a swastika and SS insignia.
In the June 1999 elections, the BNP lied and cheated its way to a five-minute party political broadcast and the free delivery of 15 million leaflets by the Royal Mail. As many as 15 BNP candidates, out of a total of 79, gave false addresses on their nomination forms.
During the passage through Parliament of the Representation of the
People act 2000, Home Secretary Jack Straw specifically noted the
BNP abuse in his speech introducing the Bill.