Scottish Organiser Gary Raikes has been appointed to the role of National Youth Organiser for the British National Party and tasked with overseeing the relaunch of the Youth British National Party (YBNP).
Gary will stand down as Scottish regional organiser in June after four years in charge, handing over to Scottish press officer Davie Orr, who will chair his first meeting as RO at the Way Forward meeting in July.
Gary spent 15 years as an army cadet instructor, teaching young people aged 12–18 years. He reached the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major in the 1st Highlanders and holds the Queen’s Jubilee and Army Cadet Force medals.
“I am happy to be handing over to a safe pair of hands,” said Mr Raikes.
“Davie and his father have put a lot of time and commitment into British National Party Scotland, and both are loyal nationalists. Davie has done a great job dealing with the press over the last year.
“When the people realise just what they have voted for in Scotland, and when the SNP do as they please, our support will undoubtedly grow, and Davie will take the party forward once again.
“Over the last few months, I have been surprised by the number of young people who have been getting interested in the British National Party. As these youngsters will be tomorrow’s officials and activists, it is important that we get them involved with the party.
“Already in Scotland we have our first ‘young leader’, Dean Hartley, who will be helping me closely with the relaunch. Hopefully, we will see young people like Dean become young leaders in their regions across Britain very soon.”
The YBNP group is for ages 13 to 18. Look out for the YBNP web site, coming soon.