Saturday, 24 April 2010

BNP gets fair report by journalist

Paul Morris, Brentwood BNP 

It is extremely rare, if not nonexistent, to find an article in a daily rag that reports fairly when it comes to the British National Party. 'BRENTWOOD: Nationalists show their support at a BNP meeting' on the TotalEssex website was a breath of fresh air.

Here it is in its entirity

PROUD nationalists were asked to dig deep to support an election candidate when the Brentwood branch of the BNP met for the first time.

Buoyant supporters packed into a back room of a patriotic pub for the inaugural meeting of the Brentwood and Chelmsford branch – which has been founded in response to the party's growing membership.

Paul Morris, Parliamentary candidate for Brentwood and Ongar, said: "It was a good turnout considering it was very last minute.

"We officially launched six months ago but this was the first meeting."

The party operates under a veil of secrecy to protect members from those who oppose their beliefs and did not reveal the location of the meeting until just minutes before it was due to start.

With the pub set to become a regular meeting place for the new group, they have asked us not to reveal where it is.

Christine Mitchell, a 68-year-old grandmother from Chelmsford, will be running the branch from here on in.

Mrs Mitchell, who is contesting the newly created Saffron Walden seat in the general election on May 6, said: "We are fighting for British jobs for British workers, that is the start but we are standing for other reasons – crime rates, the state of the education system and the fact MPs have stolen from the public."

The former Conservative leader of Westminster Council, Peter Strudwick, spoke for more than an hour during the meeting, rallying support for what he called "ideologies" for the future.

Unlike other parties which are funded by unions and wealthy donors, the BNP relies purely on members' donations and as the first half of the meeting drew to a close, Mr Morris stood up and asked for donations.

"Michael Bateman is standing in Chelmsford and we need a £500 election deposit," he said. "Can anyone afford to put £500 in the pot?"

Searching faces scoured the room until a man who had until then sat quietly in the corner, put his hand up to pledge £100. Others then thrust crisp £50 notes in the pot before the less well-off handed over their screwed up £10 and £20 notes.

There was much applause and hand shaking as the money came flooding in, uniting the room in the campaign to bring about radical change.

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