BNP Challengers Fail To Overthrow Griffin

Three British Party [BNP] leadership contenders have failed to win enough support from party members to force a ballot to overthrow Nick Griffin.

Derek Adams received four votes, London Assembly member Richard Barnbrook received 23 and ex-national elections officer Eddy Butler got 214. A candidate required 814 votes to force a leadership challenge.

Mr Griffin received 995 nominations and will remain in power. He has led the BNP since 1999.

Earlier this year Griffin announced that he will stand down as leader by 2013.

A dismal campaign in both the local and general elections left party members questioning their future direction.

Just two days before the election, a major fall out rocked the BNP.

As a result of a dispute between Nick Griffin and former BNP webmaster Simon Bennett, the latter shut down the Party’s Website, Facebook and Twitter pages. The result was that the party was left with just a single temporary holding page on their home page on Election Day May 6th.

Griffin failed to make any impression what so ever through the ballot box in Barking. He finished a distant 3rd behind Labour’s Margaret Hodge, who doubled her vote and Conservative Simon Marcus.

The BNP did increase it’s share of the national vote by 1.83% but failed to deliver the Member of Parliament it claimed was within their grasp. The BNP also lost a number of Councillors across the country.

The finger of blame has also been pointed at Griffin for the near financial ruin of the far right party.

The ongoing legal action by Unilever over the use of a jar of Marmite in an election broadcast is set to cast the BNP a substantial amount of money.

The party’s legal advisor Lee Barnes has also quit the party amidst a series of allegations he has made about the BNP.

Mr Barnes claims that the BNP are ‘technically insolvent’ and that donations, membership renewals and enquiries have ‘slowed to a trickle’.

In Stoke-on-Trent the BNP under local leader Mike Coleman are desperate to rebuild post election in readiness for next years all out elections.

He will no doubt hope that this difficult turbulent phase of his party’s history is at an end.

Under Griffin’s stewardship and a fractious fragmented membership all bets will be off.

BNP Deputy Leader Simon Darby Resigns – Stoke-on-Trent Reaction

The Deputy Leader of the British National Party has resigned with immediate effect.

Simon Darby fought the Stoke-on-Trent Central seat for the far right party at the recent General Election.

He finished a disappointing 4th with just 2502 votes, way behind Labour, Lib Dems and the Conservatives.

The catastrophic performances in the both the Local and General Elections forced BNP Leader Nick Griffin to announce that he is to step down from his role by 2013.

Simon Darby’s decision is seen as a show of loyalty to Griffin and a warning to his potential successors.

He wrote on his blog:

“Quite simply, the post of Deputy Leader has absolutely no constitutional standing, with it being a discretionary appointment being made or not by the duly elected Leader. For anyone to seek to make it an issue in a BNP Leadership election is therefore misguided at best, or insincere at worst.

As a result, and wishing to avoid a descent into personality-orientated factionalism, I am going to set an example. I have therefore decided to resign as Deputy Leader of this Party with immediate effect. My purpose in this decision is not only to take this distraction out of the election. Also, if I can endure self-imposed demotion for the greater good of this Party, then I have the moral right to ask that others at least exercise responsibility and restraint.

In particular, that means running a contest that sticks to the real issues, avoids red-herrings such as constitutionally irrelevant positions, and promotes would-be candidates on their own merits rather than setting nationalist brothers and sisters against each other by repeating enemy lies and black propaganda about the current leader and his team.”

He went on to give Nick Griffin this ringing endorsement:

“This Party would be nothing if it wasn’t for Nick Griffin’s total and unreserved commitment to the nationalist cause. It would be a sad, contained creature for contempt and ridicule, rather than the snarling, fighting, in-their-face beast that it is today ““ a constant rebuke and reminder to the Establishment of their treason, betrayal of our people, and the price they will one day have to pay for their crimes.

That is why they are trying so hard to destroy the British National Party ““ and the man who, more than any other, has made it what it is, and who remains, in my now humble but still extremely well informed opinion, the only man who can take us forward on the next stage of our epic, just and historic journey.”

He finished his resignation article by formally issuing the following warning to the grass roots BNP membership:

“There is an old saying, “Ëœyou never know what you’ve lost until it’s gone.’ Don’t wake up one morning later this year to find that we’ve lost Nick Griffin and his team, and replaced them with a jostling, squabbling, unstable, untested and indecisive coalition. We elect a Leader to lead, that’s Nick’s job, and he’s the best man to do it.”

Simon Darby’s decision has not only come as a shock to Stoke BNP Leader Cllr Michael Coleman, but as a huge disappointment too.

Cllr Coleman, who is tipped as a possible main player in the BNP at some time in the future, has appealed for the party to move more to the middle ground of politics.

He is calling for the BNP to adopt a strategy which would call for ethnic groups to be left to follow their own culture and religions whilst allowing the indigenous population the freedom to pursue their tradition and lifestyle.

You can hear more from Michael Coleman in the Audio Interview below.

Potential candidates are jockeying for position to take over the national leadership of the British National Party.
The man described as the BNP “ËœElection Guru’ Eddy Butler is mounting a leadership challenge to Nick Griffin this summer.

Butler claims that Griffin cannot combine his duties as an MEP with the effective running of the BNP. He claims the evidence lies in the disastrous election results in May.
His campaign has been boosted with the news that Nick Cass the Yorkshire BNP Organiser has announced that he supports Butler’s campaign and will be his running mate in the election.

Cass has stated that he intends to stand for Deputy Leader, a move that prompted Simon Darby to resign with immediate effect.

Whether Butler and Cass will become the BNP’s new Batman & Robin remains to be seen but reports suggest that the membership want a clear new dynamic direction and as yet they are the only credible alternative.

Their path to the leadership is one full of obstructions however. They are required to obtain the support of 20% of the BNP membership of two years standing.

They are known to have the support of some regions including Yorkshire & Liverpool.

BNP Leader Sticks His Bodyguard On European Union Expenses

Nick Griffin, MEP & Leader of the BNP

Nick Griffin, MEP & Leader of the BNP

By Warren Lloyd.

It has not taken Mr. Nick Griffin MEP long to get the hang of the MEP lifestyle.

Martin Reynolds (Right) with Nick Griffin

Martin Reynolds (Right) with Nick Griffin

The Sunday Times reported this weekend that the BNP leader and MEP for the North West seems to have put a claim in for his minder, a 20 stone hulk of a man, one Martin Reynolds.

Reynolds, head of security for Griffin and his private bodyguard openly admits that he as not got the first idea how Griffin can justify this move. “I just do the security side of it,” he told the paper. “Personal assistant stuff, generally looking after him, making sure things are done.” He also said that he did not know what he is doing for Griffin within his role as an MEP and that he had never been paid by the party before for anything.

And it seems that Mr. Reynolds is not the only wage that the EU are going to pick up from Mr. Griffin and fellow MEP BNP member Andrew Brons as it appears they are also channelling other payments for ‘assistants’ to BNP top brass.

These include Simon Darby, deputy leader of the BNP, its national administration officer Emma Colgate, and Eddy Butler, the BNP’s national organiser.

And the former editor of the Voice of Freedom, Martin Wingfield, is in receipt of payment from both MEPs as an assistant.

Brons is also employing Adam Walker, head of the BNP’s trade union Solidarity as an assistant too.

John Walker, deputy press spokesman for the party confirmed that on top of his £6,000 a year payment for the BNP, he is also to get £18,000 as payment as an assistant. He added to this that the BNP were “Ëœsensitive’ that the rules emphasised that all work paid for by the EU must relate to the MEP’s role and not to the BNP. He told the Sunday Times that he was working two days a week with each of the two MEPs and the rest of the time for the BNP.

It’s not taken them too long find the magic pen, has it?