Tony Walley interviews Michael Coleman, BNP candidate for Stoke-on-Trent South
Tony Walley speaks to Michael Coleman BNP candidate for Stoke-on-Trent South
The Chairman of the British National Party Nick Griffin chose to launch his party’s manifesto in the city he describes as the BNP ‘Jewel In The Crown’ – Stoke-on-Trent. He described the manifesto as the most comprehensive his party have ever produced and that it proves that there is more to the BNP than immigration. Simon Darby the party’s PPC for Stoke-on-Trent Central was also in attendance as was Michael Coleman PPC for Stoke-on-Trent South and Melanie Baddelely the PPC for Stoke-on-Trent North.
The manifesto was launched in the grand setting of the Council Chamber and also featured a party supporter dressed as St George who escorted Mr Griffin into the chamber accompanied by applause from a number of party supporters, members and BNP councillors.
After Mr Griffins overview of the Manifesto journalists were invited to take interviews.
We bring you Interviews with The Leader Nick Griffin, Deputy Leader and PPC for Stoke central,Simon Darby and PPC for Stoke South Michael Coleman. To access the entire range of Pits n Pots video interviews, visit our YouTube Channel by clicking the ‘our youtube’ tab at the top of the page. As with all BNP events there were protesters outside the venue.
Protesters from " Nothing British about the BNP" and a small group from Staffordshire University lead by former S.U Leader Assed Baig kept a constant vigil outside the Civic Centre.
Pits and Pots waited the whole day to bring you the whole interviews, Melanie Baddeley unfortunately had to leave early. We did manage to get interviews with Nick Griffin, Simon Darby and Mike Coleman, which can be viewed below.
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.
The British National Party has launched it’s 2010 General Election Campaign here in Stoke-on-Trent.
At a press conference in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, Party Leader Nick Griffin addressed his party faithful and the assembled media and told them that his party’s campaign demanded the withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan and a halt to immigration.
The BNP also introduced the three Stoke-on-Trent Prospective Parliamentary Candidates that would contest the General Election for the far right party, Melanie Baddeley – Stoke North, Simon Darby – Stoke Central and Michael Coleman – Stoke South.
There was also widespread confusion as to whether ex Stoke BNP Group Leader Alby Walker was to stand as an Independent candidate in Stoke-on-Trent Central against the BNP Deputy Leader and Walker’s long time friend, Simon Darby.
Walker had told this website that he would contest the seat if he could find a financial backer. This afternoon he confirmed his intention to contest the election as an Independent to two other members of the media.
This would seem to indicate that he had changed his mind following a telephone conversation with BNP Leader Nick Griffin this morning.
The British National Party has said that it will send thousand of leaflets entitled ‘Support Our Troops – Bring Them Home’ to selected homes in those constituencies where the BNP have a real chance of gaining their first Member of Parliament.
Watch the video interview with BNP Leader Nick Griffin which is completely unedited.
We also Have two audio interviews with BNP Deputy Leader Simon Darby and BNP Councillor Michael Coleman respectively.
We will bring you an Interview with Melanie Baddeley at a later date as the one we recorded today is not available due to technical difficulties.
The new leader of the BNP Group in Stoke-on-Trent, Michael Coleman, has today issued the message that it is very much business as usual for his party.
Coleman has been confirmed as the party’s new leader following a group meeting last week. Anthony Simmonds has been named as the groups deputy leader.
Speaking to Pits’n’Pots today Mike Coleman said: ‘Although I’m pleased to be the new group leader the news is somewhat tainted with disappointment with the fact that Alby Walker had to resign’.
‘I know I have a big pair of boots to fill. Alby did a great job and was a fantastic leader and I think he has shown his on-going commitment to the BNP by announcing that he will be involved as an agent during the upcoming General Election’.
‘I see the job as leader as an 18 month plan’.
He went on to say, ‘During that time I will show that our party has big plans and we will seek to build on our popularity with the city’s electorate and we are hoping to see some fresh faces representing the BNP on the City Council’.
‘The City will see us field some candidates in wards where perhaps people will be surprised at our willingness to stand’.
‘Over the next 18 months we will expose the plans and plots of those who would wish to see us pushed out of the politics of this city. There are forces against democracy at work in this City who wish to see and end to the BNP and even groups like the Independents because we don’t fit in to their plans for the sanitised, controlled, predictable political arena that they wish to present to the people of this great City’.
‘We will always try to field local people in the wards across the City, because we want to represent the normal men, women and children of Stoke-on-Trent. We are Stoke people ourselves and we love the City’.
‘I have every confidence in our choice as deputy. Anthony Simmonds is an extremely hard working ward councillor who works tirelessly fro the people of his ward. He has a knack for fund raising and as a good understanding of business’.
The BNP leadership will be in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday to launch their nationwide campaign on the theme “Support our Troops ““ Bring our Boys Home”.
Party Leader Nick Griffin, Deputy Leader Simon Darby, who was named this week as the BNP PPC for Stoke-on-Trent Central will be in attendance.
Stoke BNP Group leader Michael Coleman the party’s PPC for Stoke-on-Trent South and Stoke-on-Trent Councillor Melanie Baddeley will also be there.
The British National Party is opposed to the involvement of British troops in foreign conflicts. They are campaigning for the withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan.
They are also campaigning for better equipment for British Troops whilst deployed in conflicts.