April 09, 2011

EPPING FOREST: BNP fielding no candidates in election

IN a dramatic turn of fortune the British National Party will be fielding no candidates in the forthcoming local elections.

Only four years ago the BNP had seven members on Epping District Council, more than at any other time in their recent history.

But this year none of the 18 seats that are up for re-election on May 5 will be contested by the far-right organisation.

Many of the seats are in Epping and Waltham Abbey, and the Liberal Democrats are looking to use the opportunity strengthen their position and oust Loughton Residents Association as opposition to the dominant Conservatives.

District Councillor Stephen Murray, who is an independent, said: “I was pleasantly surprised to see that the BNP are putting forward no candidates this year. It can only be a sign of weakness. Only four years ago there was talk of them being a majority, now their membership on the council is down to one.

He said that internal divisions and campaigning by ant-fascist organisations were the root of the the collapse.

“Eddie Butler, who is married to a former BNP councillor from the area, stood against Nick Griffin a recent leadership contest which has caused fratricidal disputes", said Councillor Murray.

“I also think that Searchlight have done valuable work in the area in waking people up to the true nature of the BNP as a racist organisation.

“However it is very important for people not to become complacent and for us to keep an eye on them.”

Councillor Murray was sceptical about the Lib Dem's chances of becoming district's second most powerful party, saying that their centre-left support could collapse having formed a coalition government with the Conservatives.

The BNP's one remaining District Councillor, Pat Richardson, said: “Sometimes it is hard to find candidates. Most parties are going through difficult times.

“None of the seats in Debden and Alderton where we have most of our support are up for re-election so that is another factor.

“I think at the minute people are more interested in their home lives than in politics.

“It is swings and roundabouts, the game of politics. Recently Labour had strong support now they only have one district councillor.”

Epping Forest News


ex-bnp said...

If people want to thank someone for this, it shouldn’t be Searchlight - it should be Nick Gri££in; I for one think he is doing a great job.

Anonymous said...

The BNP's one remaining District Councillor, Pat Richardson, said: “Sometimes it is hard to find candidates. Most parties are going through difficult times.

I wonder what Councillor Richardson (who is Jewish) think about the more open anti-Semitism and talk about "Zionist Conspiracies" from BNP supporters on BDF lately?

With their declining fortunes the BNP are no longer so shy about exposing their hatred of Jews; a hatred which underpins their view of the World and how it works.

Even Griffin himself, in his recent writings, is making nods in this direction.

Wes said...


Oh dear there goes another one! lol

Landale said...

See http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/apr/09/bnp-candidate-arrested-quran-burning

I suppose one of the ***king gobshites had to do it! :-(

Anonymous said...

Has Sue Clapp ever been with a man who is not a senior Right Wing Official - she goes back a long time - back to fatty websters time - surely not!!!!