Saturday, 6 February 2010

Minutes of Leicester BNP Meeting, February 2010

The meeting was opened and chaired by Geoff Dickens



-50 people attended
-Minutes from the last meeting were read and agreed

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Geoff Dickens gave a brief history of the BNP in Leicestershire. He told us that Dave Cadman took over as Organiser after John Peacock's death. How few members we had when he, Geoff, became Organiser in 2003; now there are ten times the number. He and Mike Robinson, his deputy, decided to appoint contacts in each area, a lot of which are still there. In about 2006 Charnwood broke away and is now a totally separate area, and then in 2008 Melton separated, then NW Leicester. This group that is left, Leicester Branch, consists of –The city, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, and Blaby (now South Leicestershire). Ten years ago we polled 1.1% on average, last year an average of 12%, and beat Labour in nearly every seat, getting 20 or even 25% in some areas. We have three Parliamentary candidates, Paul Preston for South Leicestershire/Blaby, Gary Reynolds for West Leicester, and John Ryde for Hinckley and Bosworth.

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-James Mole, our fundholder since 2001 [and regional fundholder], gave a financial overview of the Leicestershire Branch, which has a turnover of £12,000. 277,000 leaflets were printed last year; a good part of our income comes from printing leaflets for other groups. He told us it costs us £900 to stand each candidate in the General Election, more for a better leaflet.
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Cllr. John Ryde followed that by asking: 'Wouldn't it be wonderful if the Chancellor of the Exchequer gave a detailed report like that, we'd know where we stood'. He told us about our donations being used to set up a call-centre, which during the recent bad weather, instead of reminding people it was time to renew their subscriptions, looked for our oldest members, and gave them a call to see whether they could get out to shop, or if they were short of anything. They rang George who hadn't much food in, and, through Geoff, Pete Cheeseman was contacted, who went round and found only half a tub of margarine in his fridge. He'd asked for a shopping list on the phone, and took that and some treats as a present from one member to another. We are a big family said John, but if this family is to survive it costs money, and asked us if we would consider taking a standing order form and giving a small amount each month.

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Pete Cheeseman asked members and friends to fold leaflets or do postal voting envelopes if they couldn't do leafleting [or in addition].
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Mike Kelly from Derby spoke on the danger of radical Islam, having spent about 20 years in Moslem countries. He said that the lack of mercy is the hardest to deal with, and told us details and showed photos of hands and feet which had just been cut off, and also two people, with hands tied behind their backs and buried up to their elbows, to be stoned to death. Other pictures were of the little eight year old boy, who'd stolen a loaf off the market, having his arm crushed under a lorry.
We now have 85 Sharia courts in Britain. The Moslems have said they will take over this country, they have declared war on us, we were told.

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Raffle draw, collection and auction

-Questions for the speaker


-The raffle raised £58, auction £15, and the collection with teas raised £326.49

-The next meeting will be a combined Leicestershire meeting on 12th March

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