Far right tar­gets Es­sex with 625 can­di­dates

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

THE BRI­TISH Na­tional Party is field­ing around 150 can­di­dates in South East con­stituen­cies in next month’s lo­cal and may­oral elec­tions. It also has 10 can­di­dates seek­ing elec­tion to the Lon­don As­sem­bly, as well as a may­oral can­di­date, Richard Barn­brook.

One of the BNP’s lo­cal elec­tion can­di­dates is Jewish coun­cil­lor Pat Richard­son, who is seek­ing re-elec­tion to the Loughton Fairmead ward of Ep­ping For­est Dis­trict Coun­cil. Mrs Richard­son, who claims to have had a Jewish up­bring­ing in Stoke New­ing­ton, North Lon­don, has de­clared that “the present party is dif­fer­ent to the old party”.

In Thur­rock, Es­sex, BNP can­di­dates are stand­ing in all 18 wards. Lo­cal or­gan­iser Dave Strick­son, who was quoted in an in­ter­view in 2000 say­ing he had gone “Paki bash­ing” and “queer bash­ing”, will be stand­ing in Ave­ley and Up­lands. Four other fam­ily mem­bers, San­dra Strick­son, Jamie Strick­son, Ricky-Lee Strick­son and Donna Strick­son are also stand­ing in Thur­rock.

BNP East of Eng­land re­gional spokesper­son Emma Col­gate, who is stand­ing in the Tilbury River­side and Thur­rock Park ward, has stood un­suc­cess­fully as a coun­cil­lor. She has pre­vi­ously said: “We have no ar­gu­ment with sec­on­dand third-gen­er­a­tion Asian fam­i­lies who have worked very hard in Bri­tain.”

Also stand­ing in Thur­rock is Ken Daly and his wife, An­gela, who claim they joined the party af­ter their son was killed in a street fight, to take a stand against a “soft” ju­di­cial sys­tem.

Derek William Beackon, a for­mer mem­ber of the openly fas­cist Bri­tish Move­ment, is stand­ing in Thur­rock’s Orsett ward. Mr Beackon hit the head­lines af­ter be­com­ing the first BNP coun­cil­lor when he won a seat in Mill­wall in 1993. The un­em­ployed bus driv- er was pic­tured giv­ing a Nazi salute on the night he won. Be­fore be­com­ing a coun­cil­lor, he was the BNP’s chief stew­ard, lead­ing the party’s body­guards.

Brox­bourne, Hert­ford­shire, will also have BNP can­di­dates in ev­ery ward. One of th­ese is taxi-driver Ra­mon Paul Johns, 78, stand­ing in Rye Park. A for­mer lo­cal trea­surer for the Na­tional Front, he has been call­ing for a white Bri­tain since the 1970s.

Colch­ester, Es­sex, will see its first BNP can­di­date. Pa­trick Sul­li­van, 69, who lives in shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion, is hop­ing to win the High­woods ward. He claimed that within 10 years the ward would be a “non-white area” and main­tains that all im­mi­gra­tion should be halted.

The Na­tional Front is also field­ing two can­di­dates in Lon­don. Ian Ed­ward is stand­ing in Eal­ing and Hilling­don, while Tess Culnane is hop­ing to win the Green­wich and Lewisham seat.

PHOTO: REUTERS

BNP leader Nick Grif­fin meets sup­port­ers while out cam­paign­ing

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