Nationalist Unity in Burnley

Fifty nationalist activists from across three regions of northern England met in Burnley last Saturday (10th March) in the latest of a series of meetings dedicated to renewing our movement in a spirit of post-Griffin unity.

smith-howitwasdoneAn unexpected highlight of the meeting was the return of Steve Smith, architect of Burnley BNP’s breakthrough in 2002, who reminded the meeting of “How It Was Done” a decade ago, and can be done again.

Other speakers were Andrew Brons MEP; Heritage and Destiny deputy editor Peter Rushton; Ken Booth of North East Patriots, former NE regional organiser of the BNP; former Bradford City Councillor Dr Jim Lewthwaite; and Adrian Davies, former chairman of the Freedom Party.

Mr Rushton reminded the meeting that Burnley had seen the BNP’s big election breakthrough in 2002, and urged all nationalists to support Sharon Wilkinson’s bid for re-election.  While local elections will not revolutionise Britain overnight, a truly revolutionary momentum is built when voters begin to recognise nationalists as their natural representatives, the natural defenders of their interests.

Following this weekend's meeting, the BNP Ideas site has been relaunched as the Nationlist Unity forum

Following this weekend's meeting, the BNP Ideas site has been relaunched as the Nationlist Unity forum

Key organisers present included Lancashire County Councillor and Burnley Borough Councillor Sharon Wilkinson; Burnley activist and former Deputy Mayor of Padiham John Cave; England First Party chairman Mark Cotterill; Dave Jones and Rosalind Gauci from Tameside BNP; Kevin Scott, webmaster of Civil Liberty and Newcastle BNP activist; Dave Jones of the British Peoples Party; former Blackburn with Darwen councillor Michael Johnson; Democratic Nationalists activist Ivan Winters from Bradford; veteran nationalist activist Rob Storey from Pendle; and many other party organisers from Lancashire, Merseyside, and Greater Manchester.

As Nick Griffin’s party sinks still further into the mire of corruption and failure, the necessary task of building a viable alternative continues.  Welcome news at the end of the meeting is that the Democratic Nationalists will be standing Neil Craig as their candidate for the parliamentary by-election in Bradford West on 29th March.

In a desperate effort to intimidate those attending the meeting, Griffinite attack dog Chris Vanns took photographs outside, then stood at the corner of the bar downstairs.  He was invited into the meeting, but showed his true colours by turning down the opportunity to put the Griffinite case.  Mr Vanns proved more cowardly than his Griffinite colleagues Adam Walker and Pete Molloy, who did at least turn up to put their case at the Newcastle meeting a few months ago.

Andrew Brons MEP

Andrew Brons MEP

Adrian Davies

Adrian Davies

Cllr Sharon Wilkinson

Cllr Sharon Wilkinson

Nationalist Unity Meeting – Burnley – 10th March 2012

All England First supporters are encouraged to attend the upcoming Nationalist Unity meeting, which is being held in the once nationalist stronghold of Burnley, in East Lancashire, on Saturday March 10th at 1pm.

The meeting is one of a series being organised by the Centre For Democratic Nationalism and the Democratic Nationalists.

Speakers – so far – will include:
Andrew Brons – BNP MEP
Dr. Jim Lewthwaite – Democratic Nationalists
Peter Rushton – England First Party
Richard Edmonds – National Front
Ken Booth – North East Patriots
Chris Jackson – National Front

(left to right) Simon Bennett, election organiser for Burnley BNP in its glory days; Steve Smith, founder of the Burnley BNP branch that won the first ever BNP councillors outside London in 2002; Peter Rushton, election agent for the successful EFP candidates who won seats in Jack Straw's back yard in 2006

(left to right) Simon Bennett, election organiser for Burnley BNP in its glory days; Steven Smith, founder of the Burnley BNP branch that won the first ever BNP councillors outside London in 2002; Peter Rushton, election agent for the successful EFP candidates who won seats in Jack Straw's back yard in 2006

Nationalist election preview 2012

ballot-boxes-460_1418302cTen years ago the BNP made its first election breakthrough in East Lancashire, paving the way for the election of Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons to the European Parliament and shaking the political establishment.  A decade later the party is on the brink of collapse and the future of nationalism in our country is more uncertain than at any time since 1979.  What are the short-term prospects for the local elections on May 3rd?

Across England numerous BNP council seats are up for re-election, some of which have already been forfeited by resignations or defections.  The highest profile of these (and the only one with any realistic chance of re-election) is Sharon Wilkinson, the last remaining BNP councillor in Burnley.  Her council ward in Hapton with Park once had three BNP councillors: but it is quite likely that after polling day on 3rd May there will be fewer BNP councillors in the whole of the United Kingdom than there once were in this single ward! Little wonder that Cllr Wilkinson has already made overtures to other nationalist parties, and attended a National Front event in Bacup, Lancashire, in January this year.  A forthcoming meeting in Burnley on March 10th will build a viable post-Griffin future for nationalism in the town.

Another high profile councillor due to defend her seat is the BNP’s only Jewish elected representative, Mrs Patricia Richardson, who won 40% of the vote in Loughton Broadway, Epping Forest, in 2008 having previously represented a different Epping Forest ward, Loughton Fairmead from 2004 to 2008.  The main BNP election strategist in those years, Eddy Butler, has since defected to the English Democrats, and it is difficult to see the much depleted BNP managing to re-elect Mrs Richardson this year.

The two BNP councillors in Amber Valley, Derbyshire, have fallen out both with their party leader and with each other.  Cllr Cliff Roper in Heanor East is a supporter of the BNP rebel faction led by Andrew Brons MEP, while Cllr Lewis Allsebrook in Heanor West initially backed Nick Griffin as one of the ten signatories on the party chairman’s nomination paper last year, but quit the party at the end of February 2012 amid rumours that he was negotiating defection to the Conservative Party.  The baffled voters of Heanor are treated to a blog on which Cllr Allsebrook spends virtually all his time attacking his (now former) BNP colleague Cllr Roper.  It’s now likely that only Cllr Roper will be seeking re-election on 3rd May, when Labour will presumably take both of these Heanor wards.

Cllr Adam Grant faces re-election in what on paper is the BNP’s strongest ward in the country, Marsden ward, Pendle.  He took 39% here in 2008 but will be confronted by tough campaigns from both Labour and the Conservatives.  Fellow councillor Brian Parker attended the nationalist unity meeting in Bradford addressed by Andrew Brons and EFP representatives on 4th February, and is likely to be one of only two BNP borough councillors left in the whole country later this year, the other being arch-Griffinite Cathy Duffy in Charnwood.

Martyn Findley has been a notably active councillor for Barpool ward, Nuneaton & Bedworth, but resigned from the BNP last summer.  It’s far from clear which party he will stand for in May, or whether he will seek re-election as an independent – never an easy task, even for an energetic patriot such as Cllr Findley, who also faces a tight three-way contest where both Labour and the Conservatives will aim to unseat him.

Similarly Cllr Tom Bates in Illingworth & Mixenden ward, Calderdale – who was the last remaining BNP councillor in the former stronghold of West Yorkshire – quit the party last autumn and is now sitting as an independent.  There has been speculation that due to work and family commitments Cllr Bates might not contest the 2012 election.

In Rotherham the BNP’s only remaining South Yorkshire councillor Will Blair is also expected to stand down rather than fight for re-election in his Maltby ward.  Ex-BNP colleague John Gamble, who was elected alongside Cllr Blair in 2008, has already been forced to resign his seat due to non-attendance.

Of course the biggest political headlines this year will be in London, where there is a rematch between Mayor Boris Johnson and the man he defeated four years ago, ex-Mayor Ken Livingstone.  There is no doubt that the mayoral contest is a two horse race, but the simultaneous Greater London Assembly election includes a Proportional Representation party list section which gives smaller parties, including nationalists, a chance of winning.

Four years ago this system elected Richard Barnbrook as a BNP member of the London Assembly, after the BNP list won 5.3% of the vote.  Mr Barnbrook resigned from the BNP in August 2010 after a series of clashes with party chairman Nick Griffin.  The BNP’s difficulties had already made it virtually impossible for the party to retain Mr Barnbrook’s seat this year, but further self-inflicted disasters have taken London BNP to the brink of extinction.

The party’s mayoral candidate will be Carlos Cortiglia, born in Uruguay, who supported Argentina during the Falklands War, while the head of the GLA slate – the man seeking to replace Richard Barnbrook – is Steve Squire.

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Mr Squire’s former partner Claudia Dalgleish has recently featured in the national press making scandalous allegations involving Squire and Griffin.

In London at least two parties will be competing to inherit the BNP vote.  A number of former leading figures in London BNP, including former national organiser Richard Edmonds and a former member of Richard Barnbrook’s GLA staff, Tess Culnane, will be standing as National Front candidates.  Mrs Culnane was BNP candidate for Mayor of Lewisham in 2010 and will be standing for the NF in Greenwich & Lewisham this year.

Meanwhile former BNP election guru Eddy Butler will no doubt be running the London campaign for his new party  the English Democrats, whose candidates include former BNP member Mark Twiddy in Havering & Redbridge.

Overall the key indicator will be how many candidates the BNP manages to scrape together.  Meanwhile the England First Party, the Democratic Nationalists, and a large group of BNP dissidents are engaged in negotiations to try to avoid needless splitting of the vote and to ensure that the nationalist movement is in some sort of shape to move forward from the inevitable wreck of Nick Griffin’s party.

Watch this space for more news in the coming weeks!

State of the Movement 2011

Nick Griffin struggling to think up excuses as he contemplates election disaster in May 2011.

Nick Griffin struggling to think up excuses as he contemplates election disaster in May 2011.

An extensive analysis of the state of the nationalist movement following the May 2011 elections has been published online and will be covered in a forthcoming issue of Heritage and Destiny magazine.

This article by Heritage and Destiny assistant editor Peter Rushton uncovers the extent of the crisis that has now derailed the British National Party as a serious electoral force.  BNP councillors and candidates across the country have now paid the price for years of incompetence, corruption and authoritarian factionalism by their party chairman Nick Griffin.

Click here to read the full article.

Mr Rushton concludes:

A new nationalist coalition will need to adopt the following as absolute essentials, the sine qua non for nationalist success and the very opposite of the Griffin approach.

  • Nationalist parties must prioritise training and support for councillors.
  • Nationalist parties must demand the highest standards of behaviour from party officials and candidates for public office.
  • Nationalist parties must harness the talents of the best available individuals in our ranks.  The cult of the leader is far less important than the need to build a successful leadership team.

Richard Edmonds has pointed the way forward.  It is for other leading nationalists inside and outside the ranks of the BNP to decide how they can best contribute towards the rescue of the movement.  I strongly suspect that the BNP is holed below the waterline, and that either constitutional finagling or financial collapse will intervene to prevent Richard Edmonds and his team from completing their rescue operation.

If I am right, then senior figures in the BNP should right now be preparing clear statements that they are prepared to stand alongside Richard Edmonds and his team, either in a rescued and rebuilt BNP (which I regard as an almost impossible proposition) or in a new post-Griffin coalition.  The need for such a clear statement is urgent.  If nationalism continues to drift through the summer, there might be little left to rescue of the party that elected two Euro MPs in 2009.

State of the Movement 2011 is online here.

July 1916 remembered

England First Party branches across Lancashire are remembering the anniversary of the horrific slaughter on the Somme in 1916. Among the most tragic aspects of this holocaust were the heavy casualties suffered by the so-called “pals” battalions of volunteers, groups of friends, neighbours and work mates who were recruited to serve together, resulting in the decimation of towns and workplaces in a single day.
Some of the 'Accrington Pals' on the rifle range at Ripon, Yorkshire, before embarking for Egypt. They fought in early 1916 in defence of the Suez Canal before heading for France, and their decimation on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Some of the 'Accrington Pals' on the rifle range at Ripon, Yorkshire, before embarking for Egypt. They fought in early 1916 in defence of the Suez Canal before heading for France, and their decimation on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Probably the most famous were the ‘Accrington Pals’ who formed the 11th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment, recruited in September 1914. The battalion consisted of four companies, each of 250 men: W Company from Accrington itself, X Company from the surrounding district (including some from Blackburn and nearby villages), Y Company from Chorley, and Z Company from Burnley.

Within about half an hour on the first day of the Battle of the Somme – 1st July 1916 – 700 of the Accrington Pals went into action, suffering 585 casualties.

A landmine explodes at Hawthorn Ridge on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916

A landmine explodes at Hawthorn Ridge on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916

In Preston 250 of the first volunteers in September 1914 became the ‘Preston Pals’ – D Company of the 7th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Two hundred of these fell during the second phase of the Battle of the Somme which began on 14th July at Bazentin-le-Petit.

Seven battalions of ‘Manchester Pals’ were recruited – overall almost 10,000 men of whom 4,776 were killed during the course of the 1914-18 war.

It was entirely a matter of luck whether a particular battalion was decimated or not, depending on where they happened to be sent. The battalion raised in Oldham were known as the ‘Oldham Comrades’ and suffered relatively light casualties. By contrast the 22nd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, raised in the city centre mostly from cotton workers, suffered 472 casualties of the 796 men who saw action on the first day of the Somme.

20,000 British soldiers were killed on that first day, with a further 35,000 wounded. A month later their commanders accepted there was going to be no breakthrough, and dug in for a campaign of attrition, with further offensives in September and November.

A bleak war of attrition followed the failure of the initial British offensives at the Somme.

A bleak war of attrition followed the failure of the initial British offensives at the Somme.

Though by the final end of the Battle of the Somme on 21st November 1916 the British Army had gained only two miles of territory after four and a half months of fighting and 420,000 casualties – two men for every centimetre of ground gained – historians are divided over whether the battle should be termed a military disaster.

One recent analyst, Prof. Gary Sheffield has concluded:
“The battle of the Somme was not a victory in itself, but without it the entente would not have emerged victorious in 1918.”

Yet as with the second European civil war of 1939-45, one thing can be said for certain. For the men and families of the Accrington Pals, the Preston Pals and their equivalents across the country, there was to be no victory.

A Vickers machine gun crew wearing gas masks near the Ovillers section of the Somme battlefield, where the 600 men of the 'Grimsby Chums' - 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment - suffered 500 casualties

A Vickers machine gun crew wearing gas masks near the Ovillers section of the Somme battlefield, where the 600 men of the 'Grimsby Chums' - 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment - suffered 500 casualties

England First Party election results 2008

England First Party - local elections 2008In an election dominated by massive nationwide swings to the Conservatives, the England First Party made significant progress into several new areas of rapidly expanding support for nationalism.

The political situation – especially in North West England – is changing day by day, with a collapse of once-solid Labour support, while the Tories, Lib Dems and BNP struggle to live up to the expectations of their own activists, let alone the wider electorate.

The EFP welcomes the excellent results for its 2008 candidates, and looks forward to many challenges in the year ahead.

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Blackburn with Darwen

North Turton and Tockholes ward:

Conservatives, 854

Green Party, 346

Labour, 220

EFP – Nick Holt, 173 10.4%

For Darwen, 74

Earcroft ward:

For Darwen, 493

Labour, 390

Conservative, 233

EFP – Mark Waring, 130 9.9%

Liberal Democrat, 65

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Oldham

Chadderton South ward:

Labour, 959

Conservative, 735

EFP – Martin Brierley, 425 18.0%

Liberal Democrat, 236

St. James ward:

Liberal Democrat, 968

Labour, 476

Conservative, 392

EFP – Andrew Clayton, 327 15.1%

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Burnley

Cliviger with Worsthorne ward:

Conservative, 923

Liberal Democat, 486

EFP – Steven Smith, 254 12.5%

Labour, 214

BNP, 149

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Milton Keynes

Eaton Manor ward:

Labour, 776

Conservative, 523

EFP – Barry Taylor, 309 16.4%

UKIP, 138

Liberal Democrat, 143

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Preston

Riversway ward:

Labour, 569

Liberal Democrat, 318

Conservative, 187

EFP – Mark Cotterill, 109 8.0%

Left List, 99

Green, 75

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Isle of Wight

St. Johns West ward – Ryde Parish Council:

Independent, 262

Independent, 259

Independent, 181

EFP – Craig Coombs, 108 23.8%

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White Dragon Flag of EnglandWell done to all England First Party candidates who stood and a big thank you to everybody who helped with their campaigns.

England First Party campaign update – local elections 2007

EFP campaign update - local elections 2007Campaigning is now underway in 5 of the 6 wards we are contesting. Every ward we are fighting has now been completely leafleted or is close to being fully leafleted. Our first report is from the Cliviger with Worsthorne ward where our Chairman Steven Smith is standing. He has been leafleting the ward with his helpers regularly for nearly 12 months. The first election leaflet was distributed round the whole ward last week and the second leaflet is currently being compiled. Steven faces competition from 6 other candidates: Labour, Liberal Democrat, Conservative, BNP, Green Party and an Independent.

In Kevin Shaw’s ward, Mill Hill, which is in Blackburn, the ward has now been leafleted twice in the lead up to the election. There are encouraging signs that there is strong support for Kevin and a local tradesman has even placed a ‘Vote England First Party’ poster in his window. In Kevin’s ward he faces competition from Labour, Liberal Democrat, Conservative and the BNP. Kevin is the only candidate who lives in the ward and he feels this puts him in good stead with the voters.

EFP campaign update - local elections 2007In Clitheroe, Paul Frankland is contesting the Primrose ward. There are 5 wards in the scenic Ribble Valley town which is dominated by the castle which dates back to the 12th century. Paul faces competition from two Conservative candidates and two Liberal Democrat councillors. Clitheroe only holds elections every four years and there are two seats up for grabs. The whole ward was leafleted earlier this year and the first election leaflet was delivered to every house just last week. His second leaflet has now been printed and folded and is ready for distribution which will be later this week.

Steady progress is being made in Higher Croft, another ward located in Blackburn. Just over half of the ward has been leafleted. The ward is 96% white as per the 2001 census figures. It is situated in the South East of the town and is made up of terraced housing, new modern estates and old council housing. The candidate is Ian Lofthouse and he faces competition from Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative.

England First Party in the Media: The Bolton News, 8 Feb 2007

The Bolton News
The Bolton News, 08 Feb 2007: Battle on to replace disgraced councillor
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BURNLEY will go to the polls next week to decide who will replace disgraced ex-councillor Mozaquir Ali in Daneshouse with Stoneyholme. And for the first time a candidate for the England First Party will be standing in the town.

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The candidate is Steven Smith, one of four candidates bidding for the seat, left vacant when Ali was sacked for electoral fraud.

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The far-right England First Party surfaced in Blackburn last year, when Couns Mark Cotterill and Michael Johnson were elected to the council.

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Voters in next Thursday’s Burnley elections will also choose a replacement for Brunshaw councillor Donald Hall, who died last year.

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However, neither vote will affect the balance of power in the council chamber since the the Liberal Democrat and Conservative coalition holds a majority of five over Labour.

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The full list of candidates for Daneshouse is: Shah Hussain (Labour); Mohammed Malik (The Liberal Democrats); Alan Marsden (Conservative) and Steven Smith (England First). In Brunshaw the candidates are: Karen Baker (Labour); Tony Coulson (Conservative); Allen Harris (Liberal Democrat); Paul McDevitt (British National Party).

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Mozaquir Ali, of Brougham Street, Burnley, was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the returning officer following a trial at Preston Crown Court last year. He was sacked from the council when he failed to appeal against his conviction for which he was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

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His co-accused Manzur Hussain, of Milner Street, is still an independent councillor for Daneshouse and Stoneyholme, despite also serving 18 months, because he appealed against his conviction.

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Coun Hall, a long-serving councillor and former paratrooper, died in December, aged 59, after a heart attack.

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Alison Morville, Burnley Council’s elections officer, said: “Two electors from the borough have written to the council asking for a by-election to fill the vacancies.”

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The current make-up of the council is Liberal Democrat 15, Labour 15, Conservative 5, BNP 7 and Independent 1.

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Campaign update: England First Party’s first ever Burnley candidate

Burnley EFP organiser, Steven Smith, will be the England First Party candidate for the forthcoming Burnley by-election, in Stoneyholme with Daneshouse ward, due to be held on Thursday 15th February.

Steven will be the EFP’s first ever Burnley candidate and has already started his campaign in the ward. Any EFP members or supporters wishing to come over and help Steven’s campaign in Burnley, should call party HQ on 07833 677484- Steven needs all the support he can get. He is prepared to put his head above the firing line in this very ‘diverse’ part of Burnley – don’t let him down.

If you can’t get over to Burnley to help on the ground, you can still help by sending in a donation to help with the high costs of running the campaign. Please make Cheques or Postal payable to ‘England First Party’ and post to our postal address (see the Contacts page here).

You can also make a donation online using PayPal using our Donation page here.

Steven will be up against three other candidates from the ‘old gang’ party’s – Shah Hussain (New Labour), Abdul Malik (Liberal Democrat) and Alan Marsden (Conservative). The by-election was caused because former Liberal Democrat Councillor Mozaquir Ali, was jailed for 18 months for election fraud!

There is another by-election in Burnley on the same day. The BNP are standing Paul McDevitt in the very marginal Brunshaw ward – which they have a good chance of winning. Brunshaw was once a BNP stronghold, but their former Councillor Stow defected to the Monster Raving Loony Party two years ago. It is also very encouraging that the local BNP branch decided not to put up a candidate against Steven and split the nationalist vote (as Blackburn BNP recently did in East Rural ward) in Stoneyholme with Daneshouse ward. The EFP would like to thank Christian Jackson and David Shappcott for their common sense and for not bowing to pressure from the BNP’s regional organiser Roy Goodwin – who instructed them to stand against the EFP whenever and where ever they could.

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