By Bexley secretary, Peter Franks – Tuesday 25th September saw Bexley British National Party hold another successful meeting at our usual venue in the heart of the borough.
The meeting was chaired by local organiser Mike Jones, who started the evening with several important announcements.
Mike then urged members and supporters to join him on a ‘Day of Action’ the following Saturday in the area, in view of a possible council by-election, after a Bexley Tory councillor was recently arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.
The councillor has yet to be charged with any offence. Mr Jones confirmed that if a by-election is called, the British National Party will definitely be standing a candidate and will be campaigning hard on local issues that affect local people’s lives.
To date we have had two members who have put their names forward.
Next up was London regional organiser Steve Squire.
Steve encouraged London members to make the trip up to Blackpool for the party’s annual conference in November where he will be arranging a coach/minibus from the capital.
A local member David then gave the audience some great news regarding an employment tribunal victory that Solidarity Trade Union had won for him.
David explained the whole saga in detail and went onto encourage everyone to seriously consider joining Solidarity, as membership subscriptions are only half that of the other unions.
David said “The phone calls alone that the Solidarity rep has made on my behalf would have cost me much more than I have ever paid in union fees, it's really good value for money.”
The highlight of the night then stepped up. Our guest speaker and South East regional press officer Tim Rait described how he first became interested in the British National Party and in time, joined the BNP, got involved, stood as a candidate and is now a press officer.
He gave several examples of occasions that he had been able to get good publicity and pushed excellent points across during interviews by turning the tables on the media. He also showed good points on previous BNP literature he had used.
Tim called on everyone to “Stick together and I’m sure our breakthrough will come.”
During the break, members tucked into the wonderful buffet that was yet again supplied by Nic and Penny (thank you ladies).
After the break we got back down to business with a discussion and ideas session, in which all present had the chance to express their thoughts, experiences and ideas for future campaigns. Several good ideas were noted and will be used locally.
The night typified the united feeling amongst members, with some old friends present and news ones on board. It was a perfect example of how the BNP is one big family, strong and moving forward together again.
One attendee was so impressed with the quality of Tim Rait's speech that he texted our organiser Mike the following day to thank us for organising the meeting, saying he had now decided to travel to the party conference in Blackpool with his morale sky high.
£250 was raised for branch funds on this very enjoyable evening.