November 01, 2010

BNP money man quits after model accuses him of groping her in hotel room

THE BNP's chief fundraiser has sensationally quit the party after being accused of groping a blonde activist.

Jim Dowson denies claims by one of the far-right party's Westminster hopefuls that he pawed her after luring her to a hotel room during a party roadshow.

Shelley Rose, who once modelled for lads' mags, posted a dramatic video online claiming she woke to find Dowson, the party's treasurer, on top of her.

The former BNP candidate for Bedfordshire put a video on YouTube in which she claims Dowson lured her to a hotel under false pretences before making unwanted advances.

She said: "I decided it was safer to stay with him, as it was too late to get home, because he was a religious and family man and didn't think there would be a problem.

"We both had on our nightclothes. I felt these clammy, sweaty hands crawling up my leg.

"He was kissing me. Then he got on top of me and I told him to stop.

"I said: 'Jim, please stop.' Eventually he got off but rather than apologise he started to verbally abuse me and told me I was frigid, had emotional issues and was a wreck."

Dowson, 45, who runs a call centre in Dundonald, East Belfast, which processes BNP memberships, yesterday confirmed he no longer worked with the party.

He claimed Shelley was "a daft wee lassie" who invented the story as part of a dirty tricks campaign.

The father of four said: "This woman is talking nonsense. Her pictures show she is far from being the Miss Jean Brodie type at all.

"There was a dirty tricks campaign in the party and this was all part of it. I ended up in the firing line.

"There is a real power struggle between hardliners and people like Nick Griffin who want to open the party to Asians and other groups.

"It has caused a lot of grief. I knew from the start Shelley could not be trusted and suspected her motives. I still have grave doubts about what she was trying to do.

"She was taking part in a stage show but had to be thrown out of that as there were doubts about her. She was very bitter about that."

Dowson, of Cumbernauld, who was Griffin's trusted right-hand man, has a string of convictions, including breach of the peace, possession of a weapon and criminal damage.

He has close links with loyalist groups in Belfast and has produced f lute band tapes which celebrate loyalist Michael Stone, who killed three Catholics at a Belfast funeral.

The BNP is in financial meltdown following a number of legal cases, including a £170,000 pay-out to the makers of Marmite.

Dowson said: "I have not renewed my contract with the party but there has been no acrimonious split. I just want to get away from politics.

"I was in Brussels this week with Nick to discuss arrangements about ending our relationship.

"I was never a member of the party but they have a mandate. One million people voted for them, probably more than voted for Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland or the SNP in Last year, Dowson by police for an employee a photo himsel f apparent armed with a shotgun. He said it was a toy.

A BNP spokesman said: "Mr Dowson's contract with the party expires at the end November. He decided not to seek renewal. Shelley Rose no longer a BNP member."

Daily Record


Anonymous said...

He claimed Shelley was "a daft wee lassie" who invented the story as part of a dirty tricks campaign.

Why doesn't he sue her then? Dowson is a rich man who could finance a law suit.

Anonymous said...

Dowson won't sue her because he knows it's the truth and he won't have a leg to stand on

Stewart said...

he won't have a leg to stand on and that, your honour, is how i came to be on top of Ms Rose.

NB - saying someone is "no longer a member of the BNP" is no longer surprising. Wouldn't it be easier to mention who IS still in. All three of em.....