Nick Griffin To Step Down As British National Party [BNP] Leader.

BNP Leader Nick Griffin has announced that he is to step down by 2013.

His decision comes following a weekend long meeting of the party’s Advisory Council.

The meeting focused on the BNP’s performance in the recent General and Local elections. The current membership and the modernisation of the party were also on the agenda.

Griffin had come under fire from certain sections of the BNP membership following their failure to get an candidate elected to parliament.

The BNP also lost councillors across the whole of the country but in particular at Barking & Dagenham where the lost all 12 of their sitting councillors. Here in Stoke-on-Trent the party suffered 3 losses in the Council Chamber.

Nick Griffin said of his decision to quit as leader by 2013:

“By then I would have been leader of the BNP for 15 years and that is long enough,”

“It will be time to make way for a younger person who does not have any baggage which can be used against the party.”

Griffin claims that his decision will allow him to concentrate on getting re-elected to the European Parliament.

Many commentators however will speculate on whether this is a compromise deal to ease Griffin out of the Leadership instead of facing yet another attempted hostile takeover.

A New Look To Stoke-on-Trent Labour Group.

Following a meeting of the Labour Group on Stoke-on-Trent City Council it has emerged that Cllr Mohammed Pervez [Burslem South] will continue as Group Leader.

Pervez saw off a challenge by Cllr Adrian Knapper [Berryhill & Hanley East] at last night’s AGM. Cllr Tom Reynolds [Longton North] is the new Deputy Leader. Cllr Sarah Hill [Fenton] is the new Group Whip.

Last nights meeting was the first since the election.

The Labour Party in Stoke-on-Trent gained 12 Council seats to boost their ranks from 14 to 26 Councillors. They are now the biggest Group on the Council by a considerable margin.

The City Independent Group have 11 Councillors, The Conservative & Independent Alliance have 7, the British National Party have 5, the Liberal Democrats have 4. There are currently 3 non-aligned councillors, but one of them, Cllr Mike Barnes is expected to join the Non-Aligned Group who have 2 councillors following the defeat of Alan Joynson. There is one Libertarian Councillor. Stoke-on-Trent City Council Stoke-on-Trent  Central Constituency Labour Party will hold an AGM in the next few weeks to elect new officers following some high profile resignations.

The Regional Officers had declared the pre-election AGM null and void. Sources indicate that there will be no shortage of willing volunteers now that the Labour Group have swelled the number of their councillors in the Central Constituency from 2 to 8.

Newly elected Labour Member of Parliament Tristram Hunt has also stated publicly that he wants to unite the constituency and to bring ex members back to the fold.

500 Words From Terry Cope BNP Candidate For Blurton

**Archive Story From 2010 Election**

After the last 9 months I did not really want to get involved in an election.
I believed that to stand for just 12 months then have to fight another Election was pointless.
What can I bring to the table for Blurton if I am successfully chosen?
I believe the position of local councillor is just that “local” and national issues should be left to those whose job involves national issues.
Too many times Stoke-on-Trent has been held back by orders from London or Birmingham, by people that have no interest, or knowledge of what this city needs.
I will work for all the residents of the ward with no exceptions.
As a ward councillor I will work with other councillors in the ward to the benefit of the ward.
Blurton like all the other wards in the city has suffered with a drop in services while Council tax has increased, and in line with BNP policy I will campaign for a reduction in this insidious tax, and will be looking for savings from the well paid officers of the council in every department.
In order to create employment I will fight for a reduction in rates in local business’s.
Business’s can only employ personnel and make profit if their outlays are at a sensible level.
The reverse of this is in every town in the city.
Trade fairs run on a regular basis where our local up and coming businessmen can display their goods.
The City council needs to “cut its cloth” not “cut its services”.
Too often we see front line troops get sacrificed while those at the top make no sacrifice at all.

Savings on fuel for council vehicles.
In 07, when fuel prices were lower than they are now, the council spent £1,020,000.00 on diesel alone, and that sum will be bigger now.
The veggie oil processing plant would cost £175,000+vat, and is capable of recycling 7 million
litres a year. Bio-Pod can be found at .
The vat is reclaimable.

The bin lorries alone use £400,000 of diesel a year, so just running these on veggie oil will save several hundred thousand pounds.

I looked into the savings of producing electricity to the advantage of the council buildings, Care Homes, and even Hospitals, and transporting cost of rubbish to neighboring cities.

The bio-mass plants we looked at provided 23,000Mw/hrs of power per year when combined with a sewage treatment plant. One in the north of the city, one in the south. The one in the south could cure the stench of sewage over Trentham if combined with the sewage farm on Barlaston Old Road.
Housing costings are bizarre from the city council. Mapletimberframe homes gave us a quote of £9020 for a 3 bedroomed bungalow built to a sealed unit, based on 100 units. That leaves plumbing, electrics, cladding, and roofing. These could be built for £25,000 a pop, fully fitted.
A pair of 2 bed semis can be built for £31,000, and that price could be lowered significantly if
a large number of unite were to be built.
Also, because of the construction of these houses, the panels that form the walls and floors are super efficient, leading to the non requirement of a central heating system.
If we were to build a large number of these units, we could make it part of the deal that the factory constructing the panels be here in Stoke-on-Trent, so you wouldn’t just be providing jobs for the building of the houses, but for the construction of the panels too.

These will cost in the region of £15-£16 million, and would be paid for out of the £50 million invested by the government on behalf of the city council.
Easily achievable savings of a combined £3 million, would have the plants paid off in 10 years! With a life of 30 years, that would give the city income of £60 million!!!

These proposals would go a long way to creating local employment, bring in much needed finance to the council to cut the insidious council tax, and improve services to the public.

We are asking each and every candidate in the Stoke-on-Trent local election if they would like to write 500 words about themselves their reasons for standing and their campaign. You can view all 500 word articles by clicking here 500 words

Stoke-on-Trent BNP Group Reduced To Seven

Stoke-on-Trent BNP councillors have been reduced in numbers to 7 from the initial 9 earlier in the year.

After Alby Walker stepped down as BNP group leader in the city the group were reduced to 8 and at todays full council meeting Councillor Ellie Walker was sitting away from the rest of the BNP group and sat with her husband with the non aligned councillors.

During a vote on the nominations for appointment to school governing bodies which included Councillor Steve Batkin from the BNP being nominated as a governor at Endsor High School Ellie Walker abstained from the vote, effectively voting against the BNP group who all voted in favour of all the nominations.

We have been told that Ellie has moved away from the BNP and is just waiting for the paperwork to be completed by Member Services.

Alby Walker confirmed that Ellie has moved away from the party during his speech on item 14 of the agenda asking the council to arrange a suitable event each year to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

In a statement this evening Simon Darby Deputy Leader of the BNP said:

Well it would have been unusual had she stayed considering the circumstances with regards her husband. However, I would like to thank her for all the hard work she has done for the British National Party and for local people over the years. She is a kind and very brave lady and it is unfortunate that her husband has in effect terminated her political career as well as his own.

I Will Fight The BNP From The Inside

Local Businessman Mo Chaudry has today applied to join the BNP so he can ‘fight them from the inside’

Speaking to the Independent Newspaper Mr Chaudry said, ‘If they are open to all British people then I want to join. If they let me in I will fight them from the inside and make their life very difficult.’

Mr Chaudry who runs a number of businesses around Stoke-on-Trent went on to say, ‘People are not racist in Stoke-on-Trent and I have never experienced racism in my time here. The good people that don’t vote need to get off their backside and change things.’

British National Party Deputy Ledaer Simon Darby who is also the party’s PPC for Stoke-on-Trent Central gave us his reaction to the news thyat Mo Chaudry hyas applied to join the BNP.

Listen to the Audio Interview below:

The BNP And The EDL

The BNP are denying any involvement with the EDL, yet at least 2 BNP councillors from Stoke-on-Trent City Council were present at the EDL rally in Hanley on 23 January

On his personal blog, Councillor Mike Barnes writes,

The BNP apparently are denying any involvement or attendance of the English Defence League Rally in Stoke-on-Trent on January 23 2010.

Well take a close look at this picture I took and posted on my twitter as it happened.

This pictures was taken moments after the EDL had tried to go around the police line and come up Cheapside in Hanley to attack the UAF Peace Vigil. It was taken by me from within the Peace Vigil and the building behind is Gala Bingo. The main body of the EDL attack has been pushed back to the bottom of Cheapside.

On the right side of the picture are three men not in police uniform.

The guy in the cap on the right is BNP Cllr Philip Sandland from the Bentilee and Townsend Ward of Stoke-on-Trent.

The person in the middle, who is taking photos of the UAF, is BNP Cllr Michael Coleman from the Weston and Meir North Ward of Stoke-on-Trent, and he is currently the Leader of the BNP on Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The third chap is unknown to me.

I also understand that this is also proven by the extensive CCTV footage taken by the City Council on the date.

Cllr Coleman spotted me trying to take photos and the three of them ran down Cheapside away from me immediately after this photo was taken. (Got a bit shy!)

Tony Walley spoke to Councillor Mike Coleman on the telephone to get his side of the story.

During the interview Councillor Coleman admits to taking 1000s of photos of the UAF because they [the BNP] want to know who goes to these rallies, because they associate the BNP with Nazis & fascists.

He also criticises the Police for allowing the EDL to meet in pubs around the city before the rally but commends them on the way they dealt with the rally on the day.

Listen to the full interview with Councillor Coleman below.

Alby Walker Steps Down As BNP Leader

Alby Walker has announced his resignation as leader of the BNP Group within Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Mr Walker who has led the group since 2006 when he was elected cited personal reasons for him stepping down. He also didn’t deny rumours that he was going to step down from his role as councillor before the May 2010 elections.