October 08, 2007

BNP fundraising dinner fiasco

Until a few days ago, the British National Party's Yorkshire region was expecting at least 100 and potentially up to 150 fools to attend a secretive fundraising dinner and put their hands in their pockets in an attempt to replenish the party's empty coffers.

But at the last count only about 40 diners had signed up for tonight's fancy three-course Italian meal with wine at the Sorrento Italian restaurant in Low Moor near Bradford.

Those organising the event include Nick Cass, recently sacked from his national position as Party Manager, and Ian Dawson, who has just resigned as the BNP's Head of Group Support. Others involved are Peter Hollings, who runs a fireplace business, Ged Munns, the BNP's Yorkshire region fund-holder, who runs the Super Cut men's hairdresser in Leeds, and the BNP's Leeds councillor Chris Beverley.

Mr Hart, who runs the restaurant, appears to have put the chance of making some money over any principles in allowing the right-wing extremists in. He might come to regret his decision if the restaurant's public link with the BNP drives away other customers.

Ordinary BNP street thugs were not welcome at the dinner. With tickets priced at £45 a head for members and £50 for non-members, the organisers were looking to attract a more upmarket type of customer – those with the means to rescue the BNP from its deep financial crisis.

The BNP's accounts for 2005 – the last set submitted to the Electoral Commission – revealed a party on the verge of bankruptcy. Since then the party has claimed that its finances have returned to a state of good health.

Yet the BNP has declared only four donations of £5,000 upwards in the past two years, a total of £28,263, all from a Mr Charles Wentworth. And three months after the deadline the BNP has not yet submitted its 2006 accounts, incurring a fine of up to £1,000.

Full-time staff including party leader Nick Griffin himself are on half pay and waiting weeks for their expenses. Most are struggling to pay their mortgages or rent.

The BNP must have breathed a sigh of relief when Gordon Brown decided not to hold a general election next month. BNP local units had been told to fight as many general election seats as possible but were going to have to fund the full cost themselves, with the exception of Richard Barnbrook in Barking, who merited special favours. BNP head office was desperately trying to raise £15,000 to pay for the party's election broadcast.

As if the party's financial woes were not enough, the BNP is also in internal chaos. Cass and Dawson are not the only leading lights in the BNP who have resigned their positions or left the party altogether recently. Others include Andrew Spence, who achieved the BNP's best ever poll result in July in the by-election in Tony Blair's former Sedgefield seat.

Even "Doc Phil Edwards", one of the party's best known public faces, has stepped down as press officer, claiming he wanted to concentrate more fully on his business interests.

Many officers, including Cllr Beverley, one of Griffin's most loyal supporters, are moaning about the way Griffin has surrounded himself with a coterie of men who are mostly not party members and sometimes not even British. It is this clique that now decides BNP policy. Party stalwarts who want to attend the AGM must first receive ideological training from a former sergeant in the feared South African Security Police under the apartheid regime.

Griffin will be the keynote speaker at the dinner, the advertised purpose of which is to raise money for the 2009 European elections. He will have his job cut out persuading the BNP's wealthier local supporters, who include two or three millionaires, that the party is not about to collapse.

They may be unwilling to dig deep into their pockets to pay fines for the late submission of the party accounts, for which many senior members are blaming the incompetence of the party's national treasurer and deputy treasurer.

Donors will also worry about the threat to their previous anonymity from the dozens of senior party members who are publicly voicing their dissatisfaction with the way the 8,400-strong party with just 48 councillors nationwide is being driven to a political standstill through what most see as Griffin's managerial ineptitude.

It is that dissatisfaction that led to the tip-off to us about tonight's dinner, probably from one of those still waiting for the party to pay their wages.

Stop the BNP


James said...

It seems pretty well known that Nick Cass was given the boot and Ian Dawson has resigned though I'm sure I remember a million BNP members coming on here to call you liars! Seems LUAF scored again.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant More disasters at the BNP!!!

Anonymous said...

"But at the last count only about 40 diners had signed up for tonight's fancy three-course Italian meal"

Paul Cromie probably accounts for ten of those.

Anonymous said...

Everything the BNP touches turns to shit.

Anonymous said...

8400 strong??

thats very optimistic are we including children on the family membership?
I wonder what was on the menu??

Anonymous said...

Cass was the turkey on the menu.

Cromie the pig/ham etc, delete as applicable.

Anonymous said...

cheese rolls all round??

sound familiar??

Bit like the trafalgar club

Anonymous said...

8400 is based (approximately) on the number of votes and turnout that the BNP claimed for the leadership election in July. Of course those figures are probably another BNP lie.

I wonder what membership figure will appear in the 2006 accounts, that's if the accounts ever appear.

The 2005 accounts gave the membership as 6,008 on one page and 6,502 on another. That's the kind of figurework that has put the BNP into its present financial mess.

Anonymous said...

"Nick Griffin on half pay".
If I was the MD of a business and my accountant told me I was going to have to take half pay, I'd either want to look at the books myself or sack the incompetent fool.

webeatthebnp said...

I'm just puzzled by the whole idea of sitting down to a BNP meal.

Personally, being surrounded by such a shower of unpleasant fools would put me off my food!!!

ITK said...

For dessert a few diners went back for some more sexual shenanigans with two well known BNP identies from the region organising the entertainment.

As per usual this included hiring hookers and snorting coke. Not all of the four hookers were as white as the "snow" on the coffee table either, if you know what I mean.

Still, for one senior member of the group it maked a change for the hookers to be of legal age of consent for a change.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't Alan Newark on your poll for who spilled the beans?

Alan Newark said...

Alan Newark, being this writer, was not on the list for spilling the beans because until I tonite, Thursday, read it on this website, I had not known the whereabouts of the South Bradford dinner venue.

I did not purchase a ticket for the dinner so was never told the venue. This is a sensible Need To Know policy. Anyone throwing my name into the 'grass' debate is, therefore, engaging in disinformation - information planted by those who are out to split BNP Leeds, BNP UK's most successful branch.

I refuse to sit back and be attacked by such a smear.

No internal BNP information has ever been leaked by me.

I hope that this clears up the confusion and that the moderator of this blog spot is big enough to publish this statement.

Alan Newark

Anonymous said...

alan newark said...i did not purchase a ticket...in truth alan newark (or as he is more commonly known now Billy no Mates) is sulking cos he didnt get an invite to the dinner, you do have to ask why? especially as bnm proudly boast that his branch is the most successful in the bnp.

perhaps the pigs at the trough will throw bnm the scraps from their table.

BNP - billy no pals said...

Leeds the most successful branch in the BNP ?

Is that as in Total Network Solutions are the most succesful football club in Wales?

How manhy councillors did you get elected in May matey? And out of how many seats up for grabs?

Losers, losers, losers

Anonymous said...

Mr fister is a frustrated midget. He hates Nick Cass especially as Nick is everything Mr Fister or should we say Mr Mr Thompson isnt.