The Painful Birth of Hull BNP
[ 1999 ]
Leaflet No. 1, Side 1
Do you know anything about the purported BNP leaflet sent out supposedly from PO Box 531, Hull?
It has led to John Tyndall and our Yorkshire Regional Organiser having injunctions taken out against them by the National Exec of the Labour Party. If any more go out they’ll go down for contempt of court.
Also, its hysterical tone could only put off ordinary people and can only do us harm. The police are now looking at it from a Race Act point of view. If you are responsible for it, forget any future co-operation on publishing projects. If you are not, and someone has used an address you control without your permission, expect your front door to come flying off its hinges shortly – unless you contact the police straight away to point out that it’s nothing to do with you. Thirdly, if you’re not connected with the address at all, but have an idea who it is, please let me know straight away.
Thank you so much for your support of our common Nationalist cause. It’s always gratifying to receive messages of encouragement and support when fellow BNP activists are up against it. We are reassured that the BNP leadership is solid and united in its firm stand against the cosmopolitan forces of pseudo-liberal evil.
I would also like to thank you for your unwavering loyalty regarding the updating of ‘The Mindbenders.’ I know that you have acquired (as a result of your trusted position within the BNP) a file of materials for the updating of this essential and important publication, and although we may have our minor political differences, I’m happy that you are mature enough to see beyond these and release the information, so that the greater objective is achieved.
I am a relatively recent convert to Nationalism, having only been a member of the BNP for three years or so, but in the course of reviewing numerous earlier Nationalist publications, such as ‘New Nation,’ ‘Nationalism Today’ and ‘The Rune,’ I have been impressed by your consistent political line.
Nick Griffin wrote:
Yes, thank you for that, but would you please answer the question?
HULL BNP MEMBERS ARRESTED FOR DISTRIBUTING ELECTION LEAFLETS
I designed the leaflet. It was approved in conjunction with David Hannam, who is the organiser for the new Hull branch. On 7th and 8th June, in the rain, with occasional help, David and I put out approx. 1,500 leaflets in the Hull Avenues area. We successfully leafletted Mandela Avenue, Wigger Way, Pakistani Avenue and Victoria Falls, the four main avenues, as well as Politically Correct Way and a goodly proportion of the inner-city cesspit which adjoins it. At midday on 8th June we were stopped by a local Community Policeman in St. Ninian’s Walk, as we were en route to leaflet Chinese-Chippy Avenue, and following radio reference to Special Branch a senior officer came by car to survey the leaflet and instruct the CP to arrest us.
David spent 5 hours and I 6 hours in the cells before being given tape-recorded interviews. I in particular gave a robust defence and said that the police were being manipulated to nullify certain groups’ political opposition, and also that the law under which we were held was invalid; since Jews are in England unlawfully, their laws are void: “No cause can arise from an illegal act.”
I also told the police that they should be ashamed of themselves for arresting members of a political party for putting out election leaflets two days before an election.
While I was in the cells my flat was searched, although apparently perfunctorily, and the remaining 1,500 leaflets seized.
We have both been bailed to appear on 14th July on the basis of an “alleged offence or charge” of “DISTR RACIST PAPERS” which, of course, does not exist as an offence.
Three hundred replacement leaflets, entirely different in content, were hastily printed and distributed along Chinese-Chippy Avenue early in the morning of 10th June. These leaflets stated “This leaflet replaces an election Communication which was confiscated by the Police.”
On page 7 of the June 11 issue of the Guardian the following report appeared:
“Labour yesterday blocked distribution of an anti-Jewish leaflet published in the name of the British National Party which – polls suggest – has little or no chance of a seat.
“Labour went to court in London to have an injunction in place until next week to prevent the leaflet being distributed anywhere in the country. The party argued it was an incitement to racial hatred. The leaflet, urging the public to vote for the BNP in yesterday’s election, was published by the Hull BNP.”
The matter seems to have been entirely ignored by the local newspaper, the Hull Daily Mail. Probably the bulk of the Labour Party’s chagrin is due to us taking the political initiative using a locally-directed, humorous leaflet with a strong and appropriate message.
Today, Sunday 13th June, the Avenues has been leafleted by the "Hull Anti Nazi League" – “Last week the Avenues was polluted by the distribution of a poisonous leaflet from a supporter of the nazi British National Party...”
For the information of BNP members the Hull BNP leaflet will be posted on the heretical.co.uk website within the next few days.
Leaflet No. 1, Side 2
|BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY
c/o PO Box 117, Welling, Kent DA16 3DW
Telephone enquiries to 0374 454893
June 18th 1999
Mr. Simon Sheppard
Dear Mr. Sheppard,
It has been reported to us – and we understand that you do not deny – that you were responsible for publishing a leaflet bearing the party’s name but never authorised by the party, which has been the subject of a court injunction against the BNP Regional Agent for Yorkshire & The Humber, Richard Mulhall.
This is in violation of Section 8, Sub-Section 2, of the BNP Constitution, which makes it clear that:–
As neither of these conditions were observed in the publication of the leaflet in question, you have been deemed guily of an offence against the party Constitution. In view of the very serious nature of this offence, and the potential damage done to the party in consequence, it has been directed by the Leader of the party that your membership be terminated with effect from the above date.
(Officer in charge Internal Security and Discipline, BNP)
Leaflet No. 2