I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT NO ONE STANDS AS A BNP CANDIDATE OR AGENT FOR SO LONG AS NICK GRIFFIN IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BNP

I do not make this statement lightly.

A case was heard in the High Court yesterday (28th March) that is of immense significance for every candidate and agent at last year’s General Election and everyone unwise enough to stand as a BNP candidate or agent in this year’s local elections, the Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly or Scottish Parliamentary elections.

The case was heard in Court 14 before Mr Justice Tugendhat. This highly respected judge is a specialist in electoral law.

This was the case:

IN THE MATTER OF THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT 1983
AND IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION FOR RELIEF FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION FOR THE CONSTITUENCY OF BARKING HELD ON 6 MAY 2010
BETWEEN:
Richard Barnbrook v The Returning Officer for the constituency of Barking
Application for Relief

The case involves the non payment of election expenses relating to Barking constituency, where Nick Griffin was the candidate and Richard Barnbrook was rather foolishly his agent. Richard Barnbrook turned up in court in his trademark beige suit.

A company called Newton Press had provided various printing services relating to this election campaign, most notably two newspapers that were distributed across the constituency.

Nick Griffin’s BNP has refused to pay Newton Press for their printing services, including various issues of Voice of Freedom. I believe the total outstanding bill is in the region of £15,000. Newton Press have tried various remedies in order to obtain payment but Nick Griffin’s BNP have just waved two fingers at this honest small British company, that employs British workers in their factory in County Durham.

Out of desperation Newton Press were able to establish that some of the printing related to the Barking election and Richard Barnbrook as agent had accepted responsibility for the items as they were included on the expense return.

The items were listed in the expense return as paid. I know this as I helped him fill it out and I saw the invoices, which had a ‘Paid’ stamp on them. These invoices had been provided by Dave Hannam who at the time was the National Treasurer. It is clear that these invoices had not in fact been paid.

THE LAW

Under Section 78(3) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 all bills relating to election expenses have to be paid with 28 days of the election result being declared.

Under Section 82(6) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 making a false declaration as to election expenses can carry a sentence of up to a year’s imprisonment or a fine of up to £5,000.

If a candidate or agent realises that their expense return was inaccurate then they can apply to the High Court for relief, but the grounds for doing this are quite narrow.

Newton Press contacted Richard Barnbrook in order to obtain payment for the part of their outstanding debt that relates to the two newspapers delivered in Barking. I believe the total sum is about £6,000. I suspect they approached Richard Barnbrook as they knew he had a well-paid job as a member of the Greater London Assembly, and that he would be a less slippery character to pin down than Nick Griffin.

Richard Barnbrook denied responsibility as the bill should have been settled by the party centre. Not surprisingly he did not think it was his fault that the BNP had defaulted and provided him with false invoices. As the Electoral Commission had been informed about the matter, Richard Barnbrook had to apply to the High Court for relief in order to absolve himself from making a false declaration on the expense return; that the invoices had been paid when they had not.

Mr Justice Tugendhat has found against Richard Barnbrook. The mitigating plea that Richard Barnbrook believed in good faith that the invoices had been paid was not accepted. The agent is expected to be in real and genuine control of election expenditure. Before signing off the expense return it was the agent’s responsibility to make certain that the invoices had in fact been paid.

It is important to note that the candidate also has to sign off election expense returns. Both candidate and agent are potentially liable for any false declarations. We have just found out that ignorance is no defence.

Mr Justice Tugendhat has adjourned the hearing with a view to referring the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions. In other words, Richard Barnbrook is about to be prosecuted and is likely to gain a criminal conviction because he was the agent in an election when Nick Griffin’s British National Party fraudulently claimed to have paid a bill for materials used in respect of an election and in fact refused to pay the bill.

It is also known that Newton Press printed a local BNP newspaper that was delivered across Stoke-on-Trent, in support of the BNP candidates there, one of whom was Simon Darby.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT SYMPATHY FOR RICHARD BARNBROOK

I find it difficult to muster any personal sympathy for Richard Barnbrook’s plight. He has acted in a thoroughly disreputable manner ever since the General Election. One minute solemnly promising to support my leadership challenge, the next acting as a stooge spoiler candidate at the behest of Nick Griffin in order to corrupt the internal election process. Soon after he announced he wanted Nick Griffin to come clean about the financial mismanagement that had taken place and resigned the BNP whip as a GLA member. Nick Griffin showed his gratitude for Richard acting as his stooge by promptly expelling him. Richard then demeaned himself by touting himself around to various parties. His price was that he insisted in personally being named as the number one candidate for the 2012 London Assembly Election. His only concern was for himself and his own position. Even after Richard’s betrayal during the BNP Leadership contest I gave him sensible advice that he failed to take and ended up making himself appear venal and untrustworthy.

The last I heard the new London Organiser had attempted to foster Richard Barnbrook onto an unimpressed Regional Council meeting recently, by accepting him back and onto London Assembly list (although not as number one). This was at Nick Griffin’s behest!

One’s personal feelings are irrelevant. This is a much bigger issue than Richard Barnbrook.

THIS AFFECTS EVERY BNP CANDIDATE AND AGENT

It is well known that the company that produced the BNP’s General Election leaflets, Romac Press (which is based in Belfast), has an outstanding bill for around £45,000.

This affects every single candidate and agent from last year’s General Election. The gross mismanagement of the BNP’s finances by Nick Griffin has jeopardised the liberty of every single one of them. The buck stops with Nick Griffin and him alone. The judgement in the Equality Commission case makes it abundantly clear that Nick Griffin is in sole and absolute control of all aspects of the BNP.

The timing of this case, just as BNP activists are considering whether to stand candidates or act as agents could not be more staggering.

Are you thinking of standing for the BNP in this year’s local elections – or perhaps for the Welsh or Northern Ireland Assemblies, or the Scottish Parliament? Are you thinking of acting as an election agent?

If so I suggest you think long and hard. If you are a paper candidate then there will not be a problem. If you only use your own locally produced leaflets you will be alright. If you are standing in an election where centrally produced leaflets are used then think again. You are literally risking your liberty and freedom. You cannot believe Nick Griffin’s ‘team’ if they say the leaflets have been paid for.

Nick Griffin has a track record of refusing to pay printers bills. He is taking a risk with your well being. He is mocking you. He thinks you are a stupid. Little more than dirt on his shoes.

A transcript of Mr Justice Tugendhat's full judgment will be available soon and I will post it up. Inevitably until then some sceptical souls will dispute my facts.

36 comments:

  1. Shocking, absolutely shocking. Is Griffin insane?
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  2. Is it true that Griffin is currently on holiday in Cyprus while our party falls apart and its members bankrupted because of his greed?
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  3. Yes he is in Cyprus.
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  4. Now that's an article Eddy!
    You can't argue with the facts, and the facts are that Griffin is not only playing fast and loose with the members money, he's also playing fast and loose with their freedoms!

    Being incarerated because Griffin is a liar and a cheat is the stupidest reason for going to prison, or receiving a bank busting fine, there can be.
    He has no loyalty to the donators, the membership, not even the officers of the party, and as he has displayed, he is quite willing to drop others in the wotnot without a seconds hesitation.

    Don't renew, don't donate, starve him of funds and force his hand!
    GET GRIFFIN OUT!
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  5. Well it's obviously the "stasi state" and "searchlight spies" doing their nefarious best to undermine the true patriots of Britain.

    (©NG)
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  6. Thank you for that Eddy. I had been asked to stand as a candidate for our local town council and I was on the brink of saying yes, and even have the necessary paper work in front if me, but you have convinced me that I shouldn't.

    You have probably saved me from a load of trouble in the near future.

    Nick's in Cyprus, eh? Being an OAP I can't even afford a day trip to Skegness!
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  7. "...I saw the invoices, which had a ‘Paid’ stamp on them. These invoices had been provided by Dave Hannam who at the time was the National Treasurer. It is clear that these invoices had not in fact been paid."

    Surely a criminal investigation should be initiated for false accounting or was this sheer incompetence? While there is understandably no sympathy for Richard from some quarters he should, I think, seek some legal advice about the above. If false information was provided to RB from the then treasurer he might have some grounds for mitigation?
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  8. http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8485252.print/
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  9. Another head to add the the list who must be expelled, David Hannam! No one can convince me that NG put him up to stamping paid on an invoice he knew had so much gravity. Any decent person would have resigned if asked to set up, the good people who put themselves forward as candidates (a very brave act in its own right), agents and candidates in this way. David Hannam has been to prison himself for the BNP did he want others to suffer the same penalty. David Hannam can't even pretend he didn't know the consequences of his actions as he gave training to fundholders for years about the RPAct and PPREA. He must go along with Griffin and the others!
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  10. Shocking!!!!

    I have emailed everyone I know.
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  11. If the bills weren't even paid for the Barking campaign - the No.1 campaign of the election - I fear for the other 300+ candidates in the rest of the country. Well done for exposing this Eddy, it needed to be done. However, I really am horrified.
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  12. The courts do tend to protect Griffin and blame someone else. Why is no one ever investigated by the police?
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  13. Cyprus, eh? House hunting,perhaps? It may even be northern Cyprus, which is Turkish, & therefore not in the EU. Consequently, very difficult to get anybody extradited! I wonder....?
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  14. To clarify a point made in your article above. Richard stood for Party leader because he had been informed that you (had you won the leadreship challenge) were going to put Michael Branbrook on top of the GLA list whereas you had assured Richard the position. This Richard told me himself.If true one can hardly use the term NG stooge. Therefore please give us your angle on the above.
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  15. If griffins is in Cyprus i hope some UAF tree huggers move into the crooks farm.
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  16. The comment about Richard Barnbrook saying he stood for the leadership because I was going to double cross him and put Michael Barnbrook up as the no 1 GLA candidate is simply a lie. I am not sure whether it is a lie from Richard Barnbrook or the person who made the comment. Richard Barnbrook has never made that claim to me. Michael Barnbrook has never expressed any interest so far as I am aware in being a GLA member - he would like to stand for Mayor of London which is a different kettle of fish.
    Richard Barnbrook was to be the Deputy Chairman candidate and as such I would hardly be likely to double cross my Deputy Chairman. He started backing out as this within seconds of failing to get the vote for being the Chairman candidate (unanimously I have to add) and his usual explanation is that he had heard that some people had made frank but uncomplimentary remarks about him (not me).
    I know for a fact that Richard stood as a stooge as he spent his entire time on the phone plotting with Patrick Harrington and Nick Griffin. He was hoping for favours from Nick Griffin in return. His girlfriend at the time told me about this.
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  17. Yes Nick Griffin is in Cyprus on holiday the week nominations are due in for a very important round of elections. This tells you all you need to know about how high a priority the BNP is for Nick Griffin.
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  18. Why aren't I surprised?...
    Having read your Blog from day one, NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING, is out of bounds for that traitorous excuse for a human being.
    As for Hannam he is no better.In some respects he is worse.
    I shudder in disgust - at my shameful silence - everytime I think of the meeting my wife and I attended Easter Monday 2010.
    I thought him -Hannam - and North were good friends of the - wrongly accused - young man on trial that day.
    Obviously not.
    If this doesn't shake the apologists out of their blind devotional state nothing will.
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  19. How can Mr Barnbrook expect support from the party when he resigned the whip and betrayed all who helped him gain his seat?
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  20. I think all of us who were at the Murder at the Vicarage meeting are now appalled at the total deception of Griffin and Co. What goes round comes round and Griffin will get his come uppance one day.
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  21. Nick Griffin thinks they're stupid because they are bloody stupid. I'm glad Edith screwed up my nomination papers now.
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  22. Come clean are you not playing a similar game Eddy with the English Democrats
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  23. Come clean about what? I can only think you mean that I got the English Democrats to sign off their election expenses with a printer who had not been paid? I can confirm that I have done no such thing. I have spoken to people in the English Democrats and I have been quite open about that. Some petty minded sectarian types have a problem with that, but I think it is good to talk to groups and to people within our area of politics.
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  24. ACTION NOW IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD!!!

    The time is "NOW" when every Nationalist no matter what party or group they support must rise up and work together. They need to be informed and then inform everyone about the criminal acts N.G. has done and is continuing to do. These acts have to be condemned then he must be removed. Nick Griffin MEP with his talmudic mind along with his subservient muppets who are running the BNP into the ground must be stopped once and for all from doing any further damage to the party. Those in high positions who are aiding and abetting Griffin by their silence must speak up immediately and denounce him then refuse to co-operate any further with this scoundrel. If they dont then Andrew Brons MEP and Simon Darby etc must be treated for what they are - subversive!!!
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  25. I recently stated to a gullible but otherwise decent local activist who took exception to my recent article positing the view that Griffin is state, that I wondered what would be done to sabotage the Welsh Assembly elections. Well here it is.
    If the new electoral reforms come in, with voters getting a seconded preference the BNP will have potentially hundreds of councillors.
    I take it that London GLA member Richard Barnrook has sworn under oath in court that he was witness to BNP fraud in the form of fake invoices.

    No action will be taken even if its reported to the Police, Special Branch will ensure that and again a court has been favourable to Griffin.

    The BNP now is now down to a mere 11 seats, the idea being to lose them all then wind the party up.
    If the new electoral reforms come in, with voters getting a seconded preference the BNP will have potentially hundreds of councillors.
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  26. Essex BN, the police will cover this up like they protect Griffin over all his other dodgy dealings
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  27. Re the alledged Richard Barnbrook double-cross. I haven't made this up Richard told me during a telephone conversation. So I suppose it would be my word against his if he denies the above. I will however stand corrected as to whether it was the election for London's Mayor or the GLA.It was some time ago. I don't blame Richard withdrawing the Party whip that is down to NG. Others have withdrawn the Party whip because NG's actions or lack of them. It appears that RB is a scrap-goat what happened to getting together and regrouping?
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  28. I got in to the BNP with good intentions. Having already been in trouble with the police re electoral fraud due to being taken advantage of by a former local organiser who liked to play fast & loose with electoral law, I am now not pleased to find that I have been duped yet again. I'm not a stupid person, maybe I'm just too trusting. I just want to save my country & am beginning to wonder if it's all worth it. As for NG ripping off an honest & hard-working printer & then buggering off to Cyprus, well I'm disgusted at myself for once admiring that man!
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  29. I have been reliably informed that while gri££in is away he has paid for security to stay at his house 27-7 to protect it from bailiffs or the host of others wanting the money they are owed.

    Notice that the coward gri££in, true to form, snivels off once again to leave the mess for someone else to deal with. I hope the loyalist boys go around, gri££in’s security won’t be worth a toss. This security don’t even realise that they are being taken for utter idiots by a vile and corrupt little man. I hope they have been paid cash up front, or the best they can hope for is a postcard.
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  30. When literature was ordered for the election last year, the money had to be in the BNP account before an order would be accepted.
    I had difficulty getting receipts and asked the national election officer for reassurance that they had been paid and was given that assurance--the receipts were then sent to me.
    To accept money for payment and then not pay is fraud and the treasurer is the person who should be pursued.
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  31. check this out > http://www.bdpost.co.uk/news/bnp_barking_election_expenses_examined_by_high_court_judge_1_844550
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  32. I don't understand this. Surely the only relationship that candidates and agents had was with the party itself, not the Party's subcontractors.

    We paid cash into the BNP's bank account and received invoices from the BNP, addressed to the candidates and stamped PAID. The money was paid in cash to the BNP.

    How can we be expected to ensure that the Party had paid subcontracting printers we knew nothing about, and for that matter, how do we know the printers had paid their own suppliers? Are we to be held responsible for that too? It is ludicrous to expect people to be able to check the whole supply chain.
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  33. Good article. I do question, however, why you ever wanted Richard Barnbrook to be Dep Chairman. His performances in the Assembly have been embarassing, he clearly has some 'issues' so I fail to see why he would even be considered for the GLA list let alone be promised no.1 spot again. I'm sure Richard has meant well in the past, but this is not reason alone to put him in positions of responsibilty. For someone who normally appears quite rational, please can you explain your reasoning for this decision?
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  34. The fault lays squarely with Hannam. He issued invoices for the election addresses. He told everyone that they were paid.
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  35. I know the family that owns The Newton Press in Newton Aycliffe and I also know they (as Nationists)we quite proud and more than happy to print BNP material as they felt they were "doing their bit to save England" - their quote not mine.

    However since the non payment of fees (at a much reduced cost, barely breaking even!) the business is now facing serious problems and may even close down. In addition to undertaking profitable contracts Newton Press mainly produce a weekly publication called The Newton News And Newtonian which is distributed to every home in Newton Aycliffe free of charge and contains exclusively local (i.e. the town) news as well as details of events and local ads.

    Although this may appear to look like an advert for the free paper the point Im making is that it is a tiny company that mainly produces a limited run free publication and that thanks to Gri££in it may well have to shut down thanks to the debt it is owed. As a result more good folks will end up unemployed, a small town will lose its free newspaper and (as it stands) Nationalism has lost an entire family of supporters due to them feeling screwed by Gri££in/BNP!
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  36. I had a call a few days ago asking me if i am standing (again). My immediate answer was No.

    After the last election wher I stood as council candidate and for MP , I saw the importance of keeping the coenction to the locality going by doing social activism,and other community work , this was all the talk at the time on the BNP site, so that we are not just seen at election time to want just the vote, just like lib lab con do. In any case the ideas suggested and requests for support to aid such activity were never replied to.

    Enough said.

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