Anthony David Jones RIP

The H&D team was very sorry to learn of the death of Dave Jones, an outstanding racial nationalist and loyalist who made a great contribution to our cause since the 1970s. As some readers will know, Dave had been in poor health for some years.

Dave Jones, racial nationalist, loyalist and parliamentary candidate, died on Friday 14th September

During the 1970s and 1980s Dave was a Manchester officer of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), carrying out intelligence work against the terrorist alliance between militant ‘antifascists’ and the IRA, INLA and republican splinter groups. At the same time he was also a National Front activist, remaining loyal to the NF through the difficult years of the late ’70s and early ’80s.

In 1978 he was an NF council candidate for the first time, gaining 136 votes (3.2%) in the Ashton West & Limehurst ward of Tameside Metropolitan Borough, east of Manchester. At the following year’s General Election he was NF parliamentary candidate for Ashton-under-Lyne.

After the multiple NF splits of the mid-1980s Dave found a new political home in the Conservative Party, for whom he twice contested Tameside council elections in the increasingly multiracial Ashton St Peter’s ward, polling 20.1% in 1988 and 15.1% in 1990.

Dave then emigrated to South Africa, where he spent much of the 1990s pursuing his studies. Dave was a mine of information on political and military history and a tenacious researcher. In the age of Google and ‘fake news’ it’s often difficult to rely on information supplied even by fellow nationalists, but with Dave Jones you always knew you could rely on the accuracy and acuity of his observations.

Dave and Bev Jones with members of what was then a very successful Tameside branch of the BNP

While in South Africa, Dave met and married his wife Bev, a fellow racial nationalist activist, and when they returned to England at the turn of the millennium our cause was once again in the ascendant, especially in Oldham – the town adjacent to Dave’s native Ashton.

Dave and Bev began attending Oldham BNP branch meetings, where H&D assistant editor Peter Rushton was at the time a regular speaker. Peter arranged with Nick Griffin for Dave and Bev to revive a Tameside branch of the party. Ironically Tameside BNP was to remain succesful for several years under Dave and Bev’s leadership, even after Oldham BNP had collapsed following Griffin’s treacherous conduct.

From 2004 to 2010 Dave contested five council elections for the BNP, with his best result coming in 2006: 755 votes (24.5%) in his home ward of Ashton Waterloo.

He also saved his deposit as a parliamentary candidate at successive general elections with 2,051 votes (5.5%) in Ashton-under-Lyne in 2005, and 2,259 votes (5.5%) in Stalybridge & Hyde in 2010.

Sadly this was to be Dave’s electoral swansong. The BNP collapsed soon after that 2010 election. Although already in very poor health, Dave bravely attended meetings organised by Andrew Brons and others in an effort to salvage something from the wreckage of the party Griffin had destroyed. Shortly before his death, Dave arranged with two longstanding comrades in the North West (who had by now left the BNP for the NF) to inherit his library – so his great store of knowledge about our movement, race and nation will be preserved for the next generation of activists.

Rest in Peace, Dave: Quis Separabit.

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