May 4 2012

Bye bye BNP!

Fascists had a bad night in local elections across the country. The BNP has, at the time of writing, lost all of the seats it was defending and failed to win any new seats. None of the smaller fascist groupuscles has fared any better.

In the East Midlands, the BNP lost their two seats in Heanor where their share of the vote was considerably reduced. Cliff Roper’s term as “the invisible councillor” obviously didn’t go down well with the electorate and his share of the vote has fallen to 19.1% from the 36.5% he won with in 2008. Beaten into third place, Councillor Roper has become simply another nationalist chancer, the Heanor Patriot. Lewis Allsebrook’s replacement, Adrian Hickman, also failed to impress and came last. In Heanor & Loscoe the BNP’s share of the vote was halved and in Ripley & Marehay it was reduced to a third of the 2008 result. Emma Roper did particularly badly, getting only 59 votes (4.2%) in Codnor & Waingroves. This is about a quarter of the share won by fascist farmer Alan Warner in 2008.

The National Front’s Amber Valley candidate, Timothy Knowles, only got 99 votes in Langley Mill, coming in last place.

Over in Lincoln, disgraced Nazi sympathiser and BNP candidate, Dean Lowther, got a pathetic 49 votes (2.8%) coming in last place. This is less than a quarter of the 12.2% he got last time around.

In Derby, the BNP did slightly less badly but their vote was still down on the 2008 results. Paul Hilliard’s black shirt campaign won him 14.7% of the vote in Chaddesden, but this was down from the 17.9% he got in 2008. The only good news for the party was that candidates in Derwent and Spondon beat the Lib Dems into last place, gaining 11.9% and 8.1% of the vote respectively.

Hope Not Hate are collecting the far right’s results on their website and you can compare them with the results from 2008 here.

It seems that electoral support for the fascists is well down from its peak. Nick Griffin’s troubled leadership of the BNP looks decidedly shaky and party activists and voters are leaving in droves. The new fluffier British Freedom Party, who are backed by the EDL, haven’t got off to a good start either. Their candidate in Basildon only managed to get 4% of the vote and none of the 4 candidates currently declared in Liverpool got more than 3%.

These are good results for anti-fascists but we should never be complacent. The BNP was still voted for by a little under 1 in 5 people in Heanor and they are consistently winning over 10% in parts of Derby. There is always the danger that the far right will rearrange itself around a new pole in the wake of the BNP’s plunge into obscurity and start building on these foundations. Their current failure is a cause for celebration. Let’s make sure they don’t come back from the dead.

Apr 20 2012

Local elections round up

With a little under 2 weeks to go until polling day, 3rd May, East Midlands Anti-fascists bring you a round up of local fascist attempts to jockey for power.


Having finally concluded the messy power struggle within Amber Valley (Lewis Allsebrook jumped ship before he was pushed), the blackshirts of Derbyshire BNP have put up 8 candidates in Derby and Amber Valley.

The “invisible councillor” Cliff Roper is fighting to retain his seat in Heanor East, which should be a struggle if reports that he barely opens his mouth in public are to be believed. Not so long ago Roper was having a strop and resigned the party whip in order to get his way in the local party, and there have  been plenty of accusations of backstabbing and being a “red” flung his way. Aging bonehead, Adrian Hickman, will stand in Allsebrook’s former constituency of Heanor West. “Inept” Emma Roper will hope to get slightly more than the 2.4% she polled last time in the Codnor and Waingroves ward. Ken Cooper (Heanor & Loscoe) and Alan Edwards (Ripley & Marehay) are also standing.

Cliff Roper: actively working for his Heanor constituents again

Admirer of Mussolini’s blackshirts and “Grand Dictator of Derbyshire”, Paul Hilliard is standing in the Chaddesden ward in Derby and is joined by Julie Fuller (Derwent) and Vanessa Griffin (Spondon). Let’s just say you wouldn’t buy a second-hand car from the man.

Paul Hilliard: Would you trust this chump with your vote?

The BNP’s only candidate in Lincolnshire is neo-Nazi Dean Lowther, whose campaign is in a bit of a pickle after his openly racist posts on Facebook became the subject of a police investigation and front-page news in the local paper. His posts included cartoons portraying the Obamas as monkeys and the insignia of violent and openly Nazi groups, the Racial Volunteer Force, the British People’s Party, Blood and Honour and Combat 18.  Lowther is standing in the Bracebridge ward of Lincoln.


English Democrats

The entire North-West Leicestershire BNP branch has recently defected to the English Democrats in the hope that they can do away with secret meetings and redirection points and gain a bit of respectability, something which seems unlikely given that about half of the English Democrats’ candidates across the UK are recent defectors from the BNP. Alan and Gaynor Bennett Spencer are standing for the half-fascist party in Daventry.

National Front

Fascist failure, Tim Knowles, who was so dim he managed to fuck up being elected unopposed is trying for a second crack of the whip in Langley Mill, Amber Valley. Last time round he failed to fill in the acceptance form or turn up to any meetings so was booted out. We hope the Front will sink further into irrelevance during these elections.

Apr 5 2012

BNP candidates in Amber Valley

Cliff Roper has announced the BNP’s Amber Valley candidates for the upcoming local elections. They are a bunch of well-seasoned losers.

Fascist losers: Emma and Cliff Roper

Ken Cooper (standing in Heanor & Loscoe) lost in Ripley & Marehay in 2011, came last in Codnor in 2010, lost in Heage in 2009 and came last in Ripley & Marehay in 2008.

Emma Roper (standing in Codnor & Waingroves) lost in Alfreton in 2011 getting only 2.5% of the vote.

Alan Edwards (standing in Ripley & Marehay) lost in Ripley in 2011.

The ones to watch will be “the invisible councillor” Roper himself, fighting to retain his seat in Heanor East, and Hickman, the official BNP challenger to ex-BNPer and “pretentious Tory boy” Lewis Allsebrook in Heanor West.

Mar 14 2012

More Amber Valley BNP fallout

Clearly annoyed at not having brought down Self-Appointed Dickhead and Self-Obsessed Slapper yet, there is yet another whingefest on the Amber Valley Matters website. This time it’s Lewis Allsebrook’s right-hand woman Debra Purdy’s moment to take a break from talking to her 7 followers on Twitter and step on the soap box.

Apparently the Ropers and Paul Hilliard have “destroyed the local branch” of the BNP. The post mostly consists of repeating the boring story of Allsebrook’s fallout with the Ropers again including the moment when “Cliff spat his dummy out over group finances and went Independent.” Apparently, Lewis offered Cliff the role of leader of the BNP group on the Amber Valley Council, an opportunity which he “grabbed … with both hands and re-took the party whip after just 5 days as an Independent”.

There’s also an interesting account of the BNP’s ill-fated expedition to Matlock to run a stall. Apparently Paul Hilliard and Lewis Allsebrook abandoned the stall early on and called the male members of the group to join them scratching their balls in a cafe while the women did the work. Debra ” felt this was unacceptable as we were all hungry and thirsty and to leave just women on the stall was not very safe.” On finding the menfolk dossing about Debra’s daughter Amy “confronted them and in effect humiliated them for their actions. Paul was livid.” Naughty boys! Paul told Debra that “he would not forgive Amy’s outburst and she was now on her final warning.”

Hilliard also comes in for criticism for his insensitivity to Debra’s health issues “Paul continued to criticise me for my inability to deliver leaflets or stand in the freezing cold on stalls.” Debra clearly isn’t aware of fascism’s history of forcing ‘Untermenschen’ to work in inhospitable conditions.

Purdy also ‘fesses up to having restarted the Derby Patriot blog: “It was borne out of sheer desperation of our being unable to defend ourselves against the true enemies of the party who had gained the protection of the party hierarchy.”

Allsebrook and Purdy now find themselves in the political wilderness, forced out of the only party desperate enough to have welcomed them in the first place with only the”leading voices in right-wing politics” of The Express and Fox News to keep them company.

Feb 29 2012

Allsebrook jumps Amber Valley BNP’s sinking ship

Amber Valley BNP is the slapstick comedy that keeps on giving. The latest news is that chirpy chipmunk and Heanor councillor Lewis Allsebrook has thrown his toys out of the pram and left the party. He’s taken the rather rubbish Amber Valley Matters website with him and seems hell bent on destroying the rats that are left on the BNP’s sinking ship. Allsebrook’s rambling resignation message lets rip on his enemies within Derbyshire BNP and admits that he has been behind all of the truthseeker22 ranting.

Before he steps off the stage never to be heard of again, we’d like to thank Allsebrook for all the laughs he’s given us over the years: from starting rumours that he was having a tawdry affair with Emma Roper, to admitting that whilst he’s “always been strongly opinionated I’ve sometimes found it difficult to articulate my views orally… I still to some extent let my words come out in the wrong order”. Not to mention the recent hilarious rants of truthseeker. The information he has provided us has been invaluable.

Now, on to that resignation rant which digs more interesting dirt on the already very grubby local BNPers. Allsebrook describes having been “hampered by the crazy ideological sensitivities of the British National Party” which is “shambolic” and only has a “shallow pool of members”. Allsebrook claims to have left with a “sizeable group of local patriots” although we suspect this amounts to Allsebrook and his tiny clique: Debra Purdy, Amy Purdy and Maria Riley-Ward.

Apparently all of the simmering resentments came to a head at a recent regional organisers meeting at which Allsebrook was given short shrift by East Midlands organiser Geoff ‘the Marxists are everywhere’ Dickens who told Allsebrook to leave before he’d even sat down. “I swore in the words that followed,” Allsebrook recounts “and went a bit incoherent, it wouldn’t make good reading.” Bless him! “Geoff’s short, abrupt, stubborn manor proves nothing will change in the BNP,” he concludes “and if your views are extreme enough you’ll get away with murder.” We’re hoping for some actual backstabbings within the party any day now!

This is a reference to Cliff Roper who has “spouted a Socialist far left extremist version of nationalism (national socialism?)”. Far be it from us to point out that the BNP has always been an extremist party inspired by national socialism. Roper has “publicised our local suppliers, exposed local members who wrote under pseudonyms on websites in a tactic not dissimilar to those who leaked the membership list, and fuelled the opposition with ammunition to fire at the BNP”. He certainly has and we thank Cliff and his followers for that. What better way to respond in a way that won’t further damage ‘local patriots’ than by airing your dirty laundry in public. Well done Lewis!

Cliff’s wife, Emma Roper, also comes under fire for doing a shit job of organisation (Allsebrook says she is “inept” and has poor literacy skills). Allsebrook sought to replace with one of his faction, Debra Purdy. Emma “was livid about this and rang round members telling them to boycott the group fundraising meetings.” Realising that regional organisers Paul ‘blackshirts’ Hilliard and Dickens “were going have [Cliff Roper] foisted upon Amber Valley at the next election” Allsebrook and Purdy decided to cancel the group’s Christmas fundraiser in an attempt to blackmail the local party, with predictable consequences. Roper stepped up the attacks against Allsebrook on his blog and Allsebrook was ostracised even further. Purdy herself has recently resigned as well.

Cheeky little rodent: Allsebrook at play

Allsebrook claims that he gave up leadership of the local party to Roper in an attempt to bow out quietly. Allsebrook’s verdict is that “[s]ince taking on the group Leader position, Cliff has not imparted his opinion on council agenda items at all, showing no leadership.” Finally, this year, he said “okay then ‘no holds barred,’ and Truthseeker22 started giving Cliff and his small band of wreckers a taste of their own medicine.” He admits that truthseeker22 has been orchestrated from within his own small camp of supporters.

Roper, you may remember, hasn’t been very happy with Allsebrook either, complaining that he had not dealt with queries from this constituents or attended meetings within the community. It seems that neither of the fascists are particularly good at representing their constituents as they’re too busy calling each other nasty names. Naughty boys! It seems they both fell victim to the fascist tendency for everyone to want to be Gruppenfuhrer.

Allsebrook will be particularly upset about having to leave the local party as he was their single biggest donor in last year’s elections, giving over £1,300. This was a source of further suspicions of blackmail and Roper made barbed comments about what the “generous donation” might buy him. Roper then did his own spot of blackmailing by resigning the party whip for a grand total of 6 days before being appeased with leadership of the local party, instead of Allsebrook.

All of this has been driven by the feuds between current dictator and chronic swindler, Nick Griffin, and  a long line of non-entity challengers. Members are either desperate to replace the disastrous liability that is Griffin, or desperate to curry influence with the boss, and sparks have flown between the camps whilst members have left in droves. Roper has also bemoaned how they have lost so many activists that they are having to get together with the Nottinghamshire party, who are in even worse straits, for days out.

Allsebrook’s post has attracted a few comments, one from ‘bikerman1100‘ who chastises him for making “some pretty inflammatory statements” and says that Roper was “legitimate” to name and shame Allsebrook on his blog. In a rare glimpse of sanity he suggests that “Maybe some of these things should only be discussed behind closed doors for the sake of the party.” He also bemoans “The lack of members at meetings” and the “dwindling membership” of a party that is rapidly going down the shitter.

Also there to comment is Michael Clarke, a former BNP candidate who has since fallen by the wayside. He backs Allsebrook saying that the Heanor councillor has “been badly let down by both Derbyshire and Regional Organisers” and is scathing about Cliff Roper’s “intransigence” suggesting that other members might be “unaware of how useless a councillor he has been”.

All in all, another deeply satisfying dagger driven into the shrivelled heart of Amber Valley BNP. Good stuff!

Feb 23 2012

Amber Valley antics

As we reported a couple of weeks ago, Derbyshire BNP are currently a good source of laughs for keen students of BNP infighting, and their latest meeting hasn’t disappointed.  An Amber Valley group meet on Monday evening was addressed by Derbyshire organiser  Paul Hilliard, who shared his vision of different BNP groups combining to “give the UAF a taste of it’s own medicine”. What exactly he meant is unclear, but if you encounter a gaggle of fascists chanting “Nazi scum, ON our streets!”, remember where you heard it first!

Of course The Derby Patriot faction of the party see things differently, with truthseeker22 reckoning Hilliard’s true vision is to become “Grand Dictator of Derbyshire”.  Hope you get a nice uniform with that job, Paul!  The same unhappy blog-writer also takes issue with an Amber Valley meeting having actually been held in Broxtowe – that’s not indigenous! – and is very scornful to have witnessed Emma Roper (aka Self Obsessed Slapper, apparently) cooing over Hilliard on the top table at the meeting.  Emma’s hubby Cllr Cliff Roper had a “thoroughly enjoyable evening”, but unsurprisingly truthseeker22 disagreed, finding the meeting “shambolic”, with the cheap beer being the only saving grace…

Beer must indeed have helped to make the contribution of East Midlands organiser Geoff Dickens more palatable.  Fresh from his rousing turn at a Leicestershire BNP meeting, he again enlightened his audience about the danger of cultural marxism.  Rather than worrying about the international red conspiracy, perhaps Geoff should turn his mind to the fact that his region is owed almost ten grand by party central; reckon you’ve lost that forever to Nick Griffin’s fish-and-chip fund, Geoff.  Can you blame “the marxists” for that?

We look forward to the next installment of “Carry on Derbyshire BNP” with relish!