June 19, 2008

BNP councillor threatens college

A top BNP councillor warned a college principal "there would be trouble" if he continued hosting anti-racism events, it has been claimed.

Robert Bailey, leader of the BNP on Barking and Dagenham Council - who, in the run-up to the London Assembly elections launched a tirade of foul-mouthed abuse at Recorder staff - had a face-off with Barking College principal Ted Parker on Monday, just hours before the college held a Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) event at its Dagenham Road, Dagenham campus.

According to Mr Parker, the Alibon ward councillor ordered him to stop hosting such events, or there would be "problems" from BNP members at the college.

Mr Parker told the Recorder: "He was perfectly civil but he was obviously agitated. He seemed to be saying our students were in danger. As he left he said 'you have been warned', which sort of stuck it my mind. I thought it was a little strange. We have been involved with LMHR for a couple of years now. We oppose racism and promote harmony between people of all backgrounds, that's our ethos."

Mr Bailey denied he had threatened the college principal with possible trouble.

He said: "There will be no trouble from BNP people. We don't cause problems. They come from the far-left. I would urge the college to stop holding these events. LMHR stir up trouble and hatred and animosity wherever they go, that's what they do. They are a front group for the Labour Party and the far-left. I respect the college as a place of learning and people should be able to speak freely without fear. But once you start bringing in groups with a political agenda, it causes divisions and problems."

Mr Parker, who is retiring from his post in August, said he told the BNP councillor during their impromptu 15-minute discussion that the college would continue to host events with LMHR.

Weyman Bennett, LMHR organiser and national joint secretary for Unite Against Fascism, said: "I think that it should be investigated. It's bully boy tactics. We see this as an insult to the students who have been holding anti-fascist events in the college for years."

LMHR members visited the college to gather support for a rally being held today (Thurs) at City Hall, central London, against the BNP's London Assembly member, Cllr Richard Barnbrook - who is Cllr Bailey's deputy on Barking and Dagenham Council.

Bunny La Roche, of LMHR, said: "We feel the BNP doesn't represent London at all. The reason we have a demo is that there's an absolute anger in London and the country about the fact the BNP have got a seat.

Barking and Dagenham Recorder


BC student said...

So the far-right make threatening noises and blame them on the far-left. Fairly typical.

Anonymous said...

No trouble at all until Bailey and the BNP stick their ugly mugs in. Somehow I'm not in the least bit surprised.

Anonymous said...

This is worrying: -


Looks like anti-racist music is being targetted by neo-nazis bolstered by the mayor of london's stupidity.

Anonymous said...

I just came across a letter posted by Simon Darby in the Newtown Abbey Today newspaper, (written under a false identity)


GMex said...

Has anyone read a letter so full of pro-BNP bullshit?

How the fookin ell can the BNP help rebuild british industry when people like bumbrook don't know how to wipe their own arses.

god help british newspapers for printing such letters!

Dave T said...

This is taken from Indymedia. is it still happening?

Nick Griffin to visit Blackpool

Nick Griffin, the leader of the BNP, is coming to speak in Blackpool on Monday June 23rd at the Marton Men's Social Club, Daggers Hall Lane, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 4AX at 8pm.

Feel free to ring them on 01253 765149 to express your disgust.

John P said...

Rather than hassling the staff phone Pauline who is the Manageress tomorrow after 12pm.

beeline said...


The neo-Nazi BNP thank Boris Johnson for being a racist twat.