British National Party activists have been hard at work in the run-up to the Scottish Parliament elections on Thursday, with the campaign stepping up in recent weeks with a “Truth Van” tour, Fife organiser Andy Martin reports.
"Yesterday, I, Ian and Audrey travelled up to Aberdeen to pick up the Truth Van from our North East organiser Allan Sharpe,” said Mr Martin.
“On the way back down to Fife, we campaigned in Stonehaven, Montrose, Arbroath and Dundee.
"While in Dundee we met up with Donna from Croydon British National Party, whose family live in the city. All the people in the places we stopped at were very hospitable and very open to us. Our flyers were well accepted, and it was a fantastic day for all. The 'Truth Van' is definitely an advantage in campaigning.”
Mr Martin, who is also the party’s lead candidate for the Mid Scotland and Fife region, and Richard Payne, lead candidate for Highland and Islands, gave interviews to the BBC while campaigning.
Meanwhile, Scotland organiser Gary Raikes has been hard on the campaign trail in North East Scotland, where he is the party’s lead candidate for the regional seat.
Mr Raikes toured the north east, meeting up with old and new members along the way.
“In glorious sunshine, I met and spoke to people across the north east, starting in Peterhead and finishing in Banchory, taking in the main towns across the region,” he said.
“The main topics, apart from the very successful royal wedding, have been immigration and the ongoing wars.
“With only days to go, teams have been busy across Scotland campaigning in Lothians, Fife, Glasgow, West and the North East.
“All activists have reported a good response from the public, with many offers of ‘You will get my regional vote.’ In this election, every single vote really does count. If you have had enough of the greedy expense swindlers, let them know by voting British National Party on May 5th.”
Youth representative appointed
In other Scottish news, the region has announced the appointment of its first youth representative, Dean Hartley.
At the recent manifesto launch, Dean gave a passionate speech about how he has faced discrimination because of his support for the British National Party.
He told our News Team: "I have been inspired by the British National Party for a couple of years now. Nowadays, you fear to walk down the road because of crime, yet you hear older people speak about how you used to be able to trust everyone and didn't have to lock your door.
“That is what I want, a country that I can rely on and trust, and the British National Party are the only ones who will help create this, bring crime to a halt, rewind the clocks back to when Britain was British and not ruled by Europe.
“Living in Scotland, you see how the SNP fail to handle things, and that's when you know it’s time things changed. It’s time we unite, come together, stand strong and fight the corrupt politicians in the Labour, Tory and Liberal parties. Which is why the British National Party is the real alternative, the way forward for a better future for me and for all the people of the UK."
Gary Raikes said: "Our young people are turning to the British National Party in ever increasing numbers, and Dean will play an important role in answering their enquiries and welcoming them into the party. He is a committed young man who knows his mind and is not afraid to speak it. We will be seeing much more of this young man in the future."
Public meeting in Fife
The Scottish branch also found the time to hold a public meeting in the town of Methil, Fife, recently, with candidates from Lothains, Central Scotland and Mid Scotland and Fife in attendance.
Lothians organiser Russell Lambert said: "It was a healthy turnout and a very well-informed audience. We had a mixture of people from young through to old, single, married, unemployed and working.
”This is the first of many open public meetings to be held in Fife, and we are planning one a month. None of the audience were members of the British National Party, but after the meeting every single person guaranteed the British National Party would get their vote.
“Each member of the audience got a handout pack and Voice of Freedom newspaper. We look forward to the next one and to welcoming members and non-members alike. Once the elections are over, irrelevant of the outcome, Andy Martin and his committed campaign team will continue to work for the good of the Fife and Mid Scotland public.”
Remember, everyone in Scotland can vote British National Party on Thursday 5 May!