Nationalist candidates in this year’s elections

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Polls have closed in local elections held today across many parts of the country – with the notable exception of Greater London.  These elections will be seen as a dress rehearsal for next month’s general election, but are likely to be distorted by very low turnouts.

The big losers this week are likely to be UKIP and Labour, with gains for the SNP, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Click here for updated results and analysis of the bigger election picture.

There are also a small number of candidates from nationalist parties, as explained in our article on election nominations last month.

 

BNP – 12 candidates

Essex
Halstead – Paul Hooks  0.5%
Heybridge & Tollesbury – Richard Perry  8.2%
Maldon – Trevor Cable  2.4%
Pitsea (2 vacancies) – Paul Borg and Christine Winter  2.1%

Kent
Dartford NE – Ronald Ball 1.6%
Dartford W – Michael Cope  0.9%
Swanley – Cliff Le May 2.5%

Hampshire
Hayling Island – John Moore  0.6%

Lancashire
Nelson E – John Rowe  10.8%
Pendle C – Brian Parker  20.4%

Lincolnshire
Louth S – Robert Ashton  1.5%


National Front – 4 candidates

Aberdeen
Tillydrone, Seaton & Old Aberdeen – Dave MacDonald 1.2%
Torry & Ferryhill – Billy Watson 0.2%

Bridgend
Llangewydd & Brynhyfryd – Adam Lloyd 3.0%

Lancashire
Whitworth & Bacup – Kevin Bryan 1.6%


English Democrats – 4 candidates (we include the EDs in this list because in recent years the party absorbed some former BNP members and therefore included some people who would be regarded by H&D readers as part of our movement; we should however make it clear that none of the candidates below are former BNP members)

Bury
Besses (by-election) – Steve Morris  6.9%

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
Mayoral election – Stephen Goldspink  1.1%

Essex
Ongar & Rural – Robin Tilbrook  1.7%

Greater Manchester
Mayoral election – Steve Morris  2.0%


British Resistance – 2 candidates

Worcestershire
Gorse Hill & Warndon – Linda Bell 2.0%
Nunnery – Carl Mason 0.5%


British Democratic Party

Leicestershire
Loughborough S – Kevan Stafford  1.1%


Patria

West Sussex
Chichester W – Dr Andrew Emerson  0.5%
(also contesting a simultaneous borough by-election in East Wittering, Chichester1.4%


Independent

Durham
Spennymoor – Pete Molloy  14.8%

Leicestershire
Coalville N – Graham Partner  2.3%

 

2017 – What is to be done?

A guest column by Eddy Morrison

Representatives of two now defunct nationalist parties – the British Peoples Party and the England First Party – lay wreaths at the War Memorial in Darwen, Lancashire, on Armistice Day 2006. Delegates included veteran nationalist Eddy Morrison (front row, far left) and then EFP councillors Mark Cotterill and Michael Johnson.

Representatives of two now defunct nationalist parties – the British Peoples Party and the England First Party – lay wreaths at the War Memorial in Darwen, Lancashire, on Armistice Day 2006. Delegates included veteran nationalist Eddy Morrison (front row, far left) and then EFP councillors Mark Cotterill and Michael Johnson.

I’m reluctantly entering my 50th year as an active White Nationalist.

In 1978 when I was a National Front Organiser I firmly believed that we would have our first members of parliament by 1980.
We didn’t and the period known as the ‘horrible 80’s ” was upon us.

Split after split with eventually a by-election where one schism of the National Front stood a candidate at the same time as another schism of that splintered wreck of a once mighty Movement.

The 1990s got a bit more interesting and we achieved the election of a BNP candidate in London. Things were slow in the BNP but it was under John Tyndall going in the right direction. As BNP Yorkshire Organiser I was gladdened to see many old Comrades returning to the BNP.

Then in 1999 the British Nationalist equivalent of the Twin Towers occurred: Nick Griffin became the leader of the BNP.
He spent the next ten years building it up. BNP councillors were everywhere and two MEPS were elected.

Baroness Warsi (second left) on BBC TV's 'Question Time' with then BNP leader Nick Griffin.

Nick Griffin (second right) on BBC TV’s Question Time in 2009 with a panel including then Justice Secretary Jack Straw

Then came the second calamity! Griffin’s appearance on a major national TV show. Griffin acted like a buffoon. He even sidled up to the Black ‘celebrity’ who was sitting next to him. He bungled his way through a barrage of outrageous Lefty opposition and made no attempt either to push himself into prominence in a public forum watched live by millions or to say anything cohesive.

He acted like the local village idiot. (Was it an act?)

Now we find ourselves in the 2010s. A large number of Nationalist grouplets vying for members of an ever dwindling pool of recruits.

With the breakup of the EDL and the BNP one would have expected a huge rush to join an existing Nationalist Party. It never happened. The British Democratic Party seems to be totally static and the National Front is a shadow of a shadow of its former self. The less said about ‘Britain First’ and the lunatic New British Union the better!

Unity talks abound. Unity with whom and why Unity at all? It’s like putting all the hospital patients with transmittable diseases in a ward of basically healthy people.

Unity serves one purpose – it gives a platform for people who like to talk about Nationalist Unity to an audience of more or less the same people who like to hear about Nationalist Unity who can go on home and do little more than look forward to the next Unity meeting ad infinitum.

It’s never going to happen folks – believe me!

A march to the Home Office in 1972 by Smithfield meat porters protesting at the admission of more than 27,000 Asian immigrants from Uganda.

A march to the Home Office in 1972 by Smithfield meat porters protesting at the admission of more than 27,000 Asian immigrants from Uganda

We need, as we did in the 1960s a fresh start.

We need a White Nationalist movement that is no holds barred. We need one that rejects the inevitable compromises that come with Unity.

We need a Movement that rejects both internal and external democracy and runs on the meritocratic principle.

You join, you work hard and you get the benefits.

You join, you gripe about provocative tactics and you should for the good of all, rush off and join UKIP (if it’s still there of course).

A new Movement (I can feel the shuddering from here), it must be. And for the first few years of its life it should avoid elections like the plague.

It shouldn’t even be registered with the ZOG control apparatus called ‘The Electoral Commission’.

Give them your membership numbers; state of finances; sign forms that bind you to a Liberal Stalinist state and for what?

To get seven votes in a council election (Nick Walsh, Hull 2016)

A new Movement must be uncompromising in its White Nationalist principles and uncompromising in its tactics of confrontation and uncompromising in its drive for power.

What we need Comrades is a Movement of Disciplined Fanatics!

Eddy Morrison 2017

Arthur Flinders: British Nationalist (1939-2017)

Obituary by Richard Edmonds

Quoting a verse from an old, pre-Christian Norse saga:

Cattle die, and kinsmen die,
And so one dies oneself;
One thing I know that never dies:
The fame of a dead man’s deeds.

Arthur Flinders with Jean-Marie Le Pen at the FN's Bleu-Blanc-Rouge festival in 1999

Arthur Flinders with Jean-Marie Le Pen at the FN’s Bleu-Blanc-Rouge festival in 1999

Our friend and comrade, a staunch British nationalist, a man who shared many of our adventures and was right in the thick of them, Arthur Flinders, has died.

Arthur Flinders, born in South London during the Second World War, had led an adventurous life long before he signed up for the National Front in the 1970s. A working-class man but with working-class gumption and intelligence Arthur had built up a successful business. On his retirement he returned to Nationalist politics and became an indispensable part of our BNP activist team.

Arthur was the deputy manager of our BNP bookshop in Welling, South East London. Arthur was part of our team at the Brick Lane Sunday street market. Looking back our energy and commitment was astounding: every Sunday of the year, come rain or come shine, for ten long years, a dedicated, very, group of us sold nationalist papers at the Brick Lane street market, Bethnal Green, East London. Arthur was a regular there.

Arthur was a great guy to know: a shrewd judge of men, quick to sum up a situation, good company, always looking for the positive side things of things, a man of his word, a man you could rely upon.

A number of us were able to attend his funeral service. Arthur Flinders, one of the best.

Old comrades of Arthur Flinders attending his funeral on 3rd April 2017

Old comrades of Arthur Flinders attending his funeral on 3rd April 2017

BNP boosted by UKIP’s disappearance in Pendle

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Nominations closed on Tuesday for various local elections being held across most of the UK (except London) on May 4th.

As expected there will be very few candidates from traditional nationalist parties, with most interest focused on just how far UKIP declines. In several (especially northern) counties UKIP have lost about half of their candidates.

For example, we now know that UKIP will have 36 candidates in Lancashire this year, compared to 63 last time; similarly in Cumbria the UKIP candidate list is down from 52 to 23; in North Yorkshire down from 48 to 24; in Durham down from 31 to 14; and in Derbyshire down from 54 to 38.  Further south and east the party has more candidates, though weaker in the South West: down from 48 to 24 in Somerset and from 77 to 21 in Cornwall. The biggest decline is in Wiltshire, where UKIP had 54 candidates last time, but only 8 this year.

One early surprise is in Pendle (part of Lancashire County Council) where the BNP will have two candidates, neither of them opposed by UKIP. Long-serving borough councillor Brian Parker faces Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat opponents in the Pendle Central division, while his colleague John Rowe has only Labour and Conservative opponents (both Asian) in Nelson East.

Pendle BNP councillor and county council candidate Brian Parker

Pendle BNP councillor and county council candidate Brian Parker

 

 

British Democratic Party candidate Kevin Stafford

British Democratic Party candidate Kevin Stafford

Kevan Stafford of the British Democrats will contest the Loughborough South division of Leicestershire, his party’s sole candidate.

The National Front will have four candidates across the UK: chairman Kevin Bryan is standing in the Whitworth & Bacup division of Lancashire. Unfortunately (like Mr Stafford of the Brit Dems) he has UKIP opposition.

Dave MacDonald (Mr Bryan’s successor as NF chairman) is contesting the Tillydrone, Seaton & Old Aberdeen ward of Aberdeen City Council.  Mr MacDonald is of course already an elected community councillor in the Aberdeen suburb of Garthdee. Also in Aberdeen, the NF’s Billy Watson is contesting the Torry & Ferryhill ward.

Mr MacDonald’s former deputy Adam Lloyd is NF candidate for Llangewydd & Brynhyfryd ward, Bridgend.

Kevin Bryan of the National Front, standing in his home area of Whitworth & Backup, Lancashire

Kevin Bryan of the National Front, standing in his home area of Whitworth & Backup, Lancashire

Three BNP candidates are standing in Kent: former GLA candidate Cliff Le May in Swanley; Ronald Ball in Dartford NE; and Michael Cope in Dartford West.  Mr Le May is the only one without UKIP opposition: bearing in mind UKIP polled almost 20% in Swanley four years ago, he will be hopeful of a good result in their absence.

There are five BNP candidates in Essex (compared to 14 in 2013 and 75 in 2009): former Braintree parliamentary candidate Paul Hooks in Halstead; Paul Borg and Christine Winter in the two-councillor Pitsea division; Richard Perry in Heybridge & Tollesbury; and Trevor Cable in Maldon. The latter two are standing under the label Fighting Unsustainable Housing Because We Care (which the party has successfully used to win parish council seats in the past without mentioning the BNP name).  We don’t yet know whether this time the name BNP will appear on the ballot paper in these two divisions.

British Resistance (the party founded by supporters of ex-UKIP parliamentary candidate Jack Sen) have two candidates in Worcestershire: former BNP organiser Carl Mason in Nunnery; and Linda Bell in Gorse Hill & Warndon.

Former BNP parliamentary candidate Dr Andrew Emerson is Patria candidate for the Chichester West division of West Sussex. Dr Emerson is also contesting a borough council by-election on the same day in East Wittering ward, Chichester.

Robin Tilbrook - is the ED party over?

Robin Tilbrook – is the ED party over?

Following the imprisonment of former party official Steve Uncles for election fraud, English Democrats candidates are notable by their absence. There are no ED candidates in the former stronghold Doncaster – which has an all-out council and mayoral election this year with no ED presence. So far we only know about party leader Robin Tilbrook, standing in his local Essex division Ongar & Rural, plus ED mayoral candidates Steve Morris in Greater Manchester and Stephen Goldspink in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Steve Morris is also contesting a by-election in Besses ward, Bury.

Robert Ashton is BNP candidate for the Louth South division of Lincolnshire, while John Moore is contesting the Hayling Island division of Hampshire.

Former Liverpool BNP organiser Pete Molloy is standing as an independent in the Spennymoor division of Durham (technically a unitary authority rather than a county council). Despite this being the home of party leader Adam Walker, there are no BNP candidates in Durham, nor in Cumbria where the party’s head office is located.

Further news of candidates and campaigns will be posted as we get it. So far H&D believes that the BNP has 12 county council candidates in total, compared to 92 at the last county elections in 2013.

According to H&D‘s (unofficial) calculation, UKIP have 1,037 candidates for the county councils this year: that’s down from 1,494 last time. There are also six unitary authorities that are directly comparable, having elections both in 2013 and this year.  In those six councils combined, UKIP has 85 candidates this year, compared to 242 last time.

There has been a real UKIP collapse in three unitary council areas – Cornwall (from 77 candidates to 21), Wiltshire (from 54 to 8), and Shropshire (from 29 to 9).
By contrast in several South Eastern or Eastern counties UKIP has maintained pretty solid slates: 69 in Kent, 60 in West Sussex, 59 in Essex, 57 in Surrey and 54 in Norfolk.
NOTE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that former Liverpool BNP organiser Pete Molloy was at one time briefly a member of British Voice. We apologise for this error.

Steve Tyler RIP

We greatly regret to announce the death of our nationalist comrade Steve Tyler, who died from cancer on October 17th.

 

Richard Edmonds, a longtime friend and colleague of Steve’s most recently in the NF and during the 1990s in the BNP, writes:

A short time ago, Steve was diagnosed with cancer. The diagnosis came much too late; the illness had the man in its grip. Steve was stoical, he was clearly in some pain but he did not tell us the cause, the deadly cause, till almost the end. A short while ago he was hospitalised, with the hope of recovering, but it was not to be.

 

Steve first joined up in the early 1990s. He was one of our regulars in the East End of London at our regular BNP sales pitch at Brick Lane, Bethnal Green (near to Liverpool Street station). Steve put his heart into all the campaigns that made the BNP a house-hold name; all those Rights for Whites marches through Bethnal Green, all those election campaigns in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets: campaign after campaign until we won the historic victory of the election of Councillor Derek Beackon at Millwall ward in September 1993. Steve was one hundred per-cent with the rest of us in the exhilarating and triumphant series of political successes that we obtained for the long-suffering British of East London. Those successes made the BNP a house-hold name, nation-wide. Steve was part of that.

Later his life moved on, but in more recent times he made a most welcome return to active nationalism. Right up to the end, Steve played a major part in our London team’s efforts in the National Front LEAVE campaign. He shared our joy and satisfaction at the Brexit victory: another political triumph against all the odds. Always a most pleasant man to know, friendly, educated, intelligent, positive, a committed patriot and racial comrade.

Steve, you will not be forgotten.

Steve Tyler (left) with fellow NF Brexit campaigners John Jones and Derek Beackon in June 2016

Steve Tyler (left) with fellow NF Brexit campaigners John Jones and Derek Beackon in June 2016

H&D assistant editor Peter Rushton adds:

Steve Tyler was the first nationalist parliamentary candidate I ever campaigned for – when he was standing for the BNP in the Bermondsey constituency in 1992.  That was a lively campaign: I remember flyposting BNP posters with Steve and his election agent Jim White in a shopping centre called The Blue, where we had to break off every so often to hide from the police! Thirteen years later an official Metropolitan Police report described The Blue as having become a crime hotspot for “race crime and youth disorder”, so perhaps Scotland Yard realise they should have been on our side all along!

Steve was an excellent, committed, intelligent nationalist – so it was no surprise that he returned to active politics after a few years away from the movement.  Nor was it any surprise that when he returned it was to the NF rather than the sad shadow that is the present-day BNP.  In our last issue of H&D readers will have seen a photo of Steve campaigning for Brexit with fellow NF activists on the Harold Hill estate in East London. A few weeks later on August 7th I met Steve for the last time at an anti-communist commemoration in Kensington. He had also been at the Forgotten British Heroes event off Trafalgar Square the previous weekend.

When this country comes to its senses and nationalists begin to redress the damage inflicted by the years of treason post-1945, we shall have men like Steve Tyler to thank – the men who were prepared to stand on the frontline campaigning for Race and Nation.

NF’s Richard Edmonds to contest Batley by-election

Richard Edmonds, NF candidate at the Batley & Spen by-election

Richard Edmonds, NF candidate at the Batley & Spen by-election

Richard Edmonds of the National Front will contest the parliamentary by-election in the West Yorkshire constituency of Batley & Spen.  Polling day is October 20th.

Mr Edmonds began his involvement in British nationalism following an impressive NF result at another famous by-election, at Uxbridge in 1972 where the NF polled 8.7%, convincing many patriots (including Richard) that they represented a serious alternative to our corrupt and treacherous political establishment.

Some years earlier Richard graduated with a first class honours degree in Electronic Engineering. After working as a schoolteacher and later with the telecommunications company Cable & Wireless, he devoted a large part of his life to nationalist politics, including most of the 1990s as proprietor of a nationalist bookshop and party headquarters in Welling.  He achieved the best racial nationalist result of the 1992 General Election, polling 3.6% in Bethnal Green & Stepney.

During the early 2000s Richard returned to teaching for a few years, before rejoining the struggle to reclaim Britain for the British, as a National Front activist.

Launching his campaign earlier today, Richard Edmonds pointed out that “one quarter of all the births in this country are to mothers themselves born overseas, …it is time and it is legitimate to put the interests of our people first.

“It is time for a British voice to speak up loud and clear: Put the British people First. That British voice is the voice of the National Front.”

Click here for further information about the National Front and Richard’s campaign.

 

Nationalist Unity or Racial Genocide – the choice is yours!

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50 years on from the creation of the National Front, veteran nationalist Eddy Morrison reports on the choice we now face

I am a founder member of the National Front, one of the few still active (my old Comrade, Andrew Brons was also a Founder member and is now the Chairman of the British Democratic Party).

I know of others, some ex-Union Movement such as Keith Thompson (League of St. George) and Colin Todd (Organiser of the Candour Organisation) to name but only two. I would say there are probably hundreds of White Nationalists from my generation of the 60’s and early 70’s who in some way are still fighting the good fight.

A month or so back I attended the funeral of Keith ‘Beefy ‘ Taylor, tragically dying in his early fifties, and was both astounded and encouraged to see over sixty White Nationalists also paying their respects. They came from many groups and no groups but they were unified for those few precious hours to say their farewells to a good and steady White Patriot, Beefy – also a long term member of the National Front.

One old Comrade asked me after the service ‘Did we all waste our time Eddy?’

My reply was this – NO we did not waste our time for we can say to our children and grandchildren that at least WE FOUGHT!

But reflecting back is it not a greater tragedy that it takes the death of a Comrade to give us total Nationalist Unity even for a few short hours?

I am reminded of the old Norse saying:
“Cattle die and kinsman die and one day you and I shall die. All that will remain is the fame of a dead man’s deeds”

So the fight goes on as it must. We have no real choice. It’s either victory or racial death. For us; for our children and for generations yet unborn.

Looking at the fractured British Nationalist scene I see a number of groups who, if United soon can form the nucleus of what must become a mass movement.

As White Nationalists I recognise the NF; the BDP; England First; British Movement; National Action and the various ‘Infidel’ style groups spread throughout the country. and the Alternative Right Forums which are doing great work and some elements of what’s left of the BNP.

Two organisations I would NOT add are the pro-Zionist Britain First Party and the ludicrous New British Union which has stated it is not a racial Nationalist Party and indeed I am led to believe that its prime member has condoned mixed race marriages.

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Now you will be saying ‘Hang on but….” about some of the groups I have listed. That is the wrong way of thinking about the desperate need for British Nationalist Unity.

All old personality clashes, some dating back decades MUST come to an end for the greater good of the Cause itself.

I have to make a case for what a United Front should be – and I have to conclude it MUST be the National Front.

50 years ago this coming February, the NF was formed by disparate groups who patched up their differences and created the National Front.

I would argue then that there is no need for another name to be thrown into the barrel because the NF with its wide range of policies has something to offer all the varying shades of opinion across the British Nationalist Spectrum.

This is why we have seen so many others rise only to fall after a few years whilst the resilient NF soldiers on.

A.K. Chesterton, founding chairman of the National Front

A.K. Chesterton, founding chairman of the National Front

2017 is a watershed year for our Movement. It marks in February our 50th Anniversary. This will take the form of the biggest indoor rally we can mount and this is an open invite for all these groups mentioned to be welcomed by the Front.

On strategy and tactics there is always room for manoeuvre and I believe that the NF’s policy of elections coupled with constant Street activity is a winning formula.

The Trump phenomenon in the USA; Brexit and the rise of the Alt Right across Europe and America is growing so strong that we can really call it the first real challenge to the Globalist Tyrants such as the Jewish George Soros and the evil of Hilary Clinton.

The victories of the Alt Right must be seen as a breakthrough against the Liberal Marxist Hegemony and behind the Alt Right there is us – the Racial Nationalists.

Let them open the door for such as we so that it gives us entry to go up against the World Enemy of old but this time with a real chance of victory.

Time is running out fast for our White Race so the choice is YOURS – Victory through Unity or White Racial Genocide.

Keith “Beefy” Taylor R.I.P.

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I received this email over the weekend from a comrade in Leeds.

Sad news today, that an old comrade and NS activist Beefy Taylor from Leeds died today of cancer. He’d been very ill for a while and this news has brought tears to my eyes as did seeing him when he was ill. I will not remember Beefy’s last few months, I will always remember him as a brave street fighter for the National Front, one who terrified the reds and flew our flag wherever he wanted to. Rest in peace comrade Beefy, see you in Valhalla!

KW – Leeds, Yorkshire.

“Beefy” died of cancer, in a hospice in Headingley, Leeds this weekend, aged only 52. He was an active nationalist in his native Leeds, for almost all his adult life.

Keith – known as Beefy to most of his friends (for obvious reasons if you knew him!) – was the younger brother of Pete, a former Leeds NF branch organizer in the 1980s, and came from a real family of nationalists. His father Bob (who will be better known to nationalists from outside Yorkshire) ran Leeds branch for many years and his mother, sister Karen, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law also served on the Leeds committee at times over the years – a real family of Leeds nationalists.

I knew Beefy’s brother Pete better, as for a couple of years Pete was stationed in Plymouth, with in the Royal Navy; at the time I was South West organizer for the NF. Pete would travel up from Plymouth to Torquay/Exeter to meet us for NF activities. Pete served in the Royal Navy for nine years and served in the Falklands War.

Beefy travelled down from Leeds to Exeter once to take us on at football! A Leeds NF XI played a Devon NF team. I can’t remember a whole lot about the game, which took place on a proper rented football pitch, apart from the fact that Leeds NF (like Leeds United!) were not the cleanest of teams, and not many of our side wanted to tackle Beefy! As you would expect Leeds NF won, but we didn’t hold that against them and enjoyed an enjoyable few drinks with them afterwards.

Beefy and Pete sold nationalist papers for many years in Leeds city centre and also at Elland Road, home of Leeds United F.C., every home game. And like many nationalists they were regulars at Elland Road until they started signing loads of black players and getting involved in anti-racism campaigns.

In fact Pete wrote to the club to object. The club said they didn’t want support like his and offered to refund his season ticket. A man of principle he took them up on their offer, but he couldn’t bring himself to support any of Leeds’ West Yorkshire rivals so he started travelling to Scarborough to support the local team there – Scarborough Athletic. Two years before he died he moved to Scarborough where he continued to support the football team and also helped the local BNP group to get off the ground.

Beefy however stayed in Leeds, and not being a big fan of Nick Griffin and his modernising, kept out of the post-John Tyndall BNP for the most part. He still supported JT and was there outside the Court, for the famous Race Hate trial in Leeds, shortly before JT died. I remember being in the pub afterwards with Beefy, JT, Richard Edmonds and myself all having a drink and going over the day’s events.

Beefy was a good nationalist. He will be sorely missed.

A full obituary to Keith Taylor will appear in a future issue of Heritage and Destiny magazine.

Mark Cotterill

Keith "Beefy" Taylor with John Tyndall and veteran Bradford nationalist and loyalist Dave Brown – sadly all three are now no longer with us.

Keith “Beefy” Taylor with John Tyndall and veteran Bradford nationalist and loyalist Dave Brown – sadly all three are now no longer with us.

Ex-NF ‘political soldier’ closes down party

Phil Andrews (far right) on the NF's 1986 Remembrance Day march alongside fellow activists from the 'political soldier' faction including (left to right) Derek Holland, Graham Williamson and Nick Griffin

Phil Andrews (far right) on the NF’s 1986 Remembrance Day march alongside fellow activists from the ‘political soldier’ faction including (left to right) Derek Holland, Graham Williamson and Nick Griffin

Phil Andrews was one of the leading young activists in the National Front during the 1980s, closely associated with the ‘political soldier’ or ‘cadre’ faction alongside Derek Holland, Nick Griffin and the Italian fugitive Roberto Fiore. They were perhaps best known for their support of the Libyan dictator Colonel Gadaffi.

This faction became the ‘International Third Position’ at the end of the 1980s, and after its collapse Phil Andrews renounced nationalism while staying in politics as a community activist in West London.

Mr Andrews himself was elected as a councillor and the residents group he helped create – known as the Independent Community Group – eventually held the balance of power with six seats in the London Borough of Hounslow. Ironically (for someone who was once counted among the most ‘radical’ of NF activists), Cllr Andrews and his colleagues used their positions to form a local coalition with the Conservatives.

In 2010 all of the ICG councillors were defeated and they failed to regain any seats at the next elections in 2014. Now the party has been wound up.

Phil Andrews (left) with two fellow ICG candidates during their 2014 election campaign. Neither of his colleagues had any NF connections.

Phil Andrews (left) with two fellow ICG candidates during their 2014 election campaign. Neither of his colleagues had any NF connections.

Phil Andrews told his local newspaper:
“We are clearly entering into a new phase. Where we had hoped to persuade the powers that be that engagement with an active and organised community could be mutually beneficial, what we appear to have done is to have hardened attitudes.
“Their (Hounslow Labour Party) response to losing elections to local residents was to draft in outside help, using the sophisticated national machine at their disposal to smother local efforts.
“And in office their attitude has been to deceive, coerce and bully rather than to listen, as the disgraceful harassment of community activist Paul Slattery in Brentford has demonstrated.
“In response, the community has mobilised, but that mobilisation has risen organically from a variety of sources rather than from one organised body. That mobilisation needs to be supported and its momentum maintained. To be frank the ICG approach had become dated and predictable.”

Jock Spooner, 1943-2016

We greatly regret to announce the death today in Adelaide, Australia, of H&D‘s great friend, comrade and patron Jock Spooner.

Jock will be remembered by many readers as a dynamic NF organiser in Birmingham during the 1970s.

Born on St George’s Day in 1943, he had worked in Australia for many years before retirement, and remained a generous supporter of nationalist causes right up to his last moment. Despite years of serious illness, Jock had an active retirement, travelling the world to pursue his interests in history and archaeology. He was a loyal and valued supporter of many good causes, including the Australian academic Dr Fred Töben who was infamously threatened with extradition from London to Germany in 2008 under a European Arrest Warrant.

 

Jock Spooner (far left) with comrades (left to right) Dr Fredrick Toben, Joseph Smith, Peter Hartung and Dave Astin at the Newmarket Hotel in Port Adelaide, South Australia, in 2015.

Jock Spooner (far left) with comrades (left to right) Dr Fredrick Toben, Joseph Smith, Peter Hartung and Dave Astin at the Newmarket Hotel in Port Adelaide, South Australia, in 2015.

Several of Jock’s old mates including the H&D team will be raising a glass or three in his memory later today. A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the magazine.

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