Friday, May 11, 2007

BNP Councillor resigns after SEVEN days ?

They say a week is a long time in politics, but this is ridiculous.

This site asked where had the new BNP election candidates come from to fight approximately 850 seats last week. This shows that, as we suspected, there are quite a few who are not imbued with a nationalist ideology.They had not been in the party long enough.

Ex-BNP Councillor MARK LEAT seems to have 'done a bunk' from the BNP, in his Stoke on Trent ward.

He is listed as being un- aligned on the Stoke Council website.


Pete R said...

AFAIK Mark Leat isn't one of the newly elected councillors, he's been on Stoke council for a year or two. (He was a parliamentary candidate for one of the Stoke seats in 2005.)

Which makes his resignation all the more curious, since it obviously isn't a case of someone getting elected who didn't expect to have a prayer, then jacking it in.

Something serious must have happened - had he just wanted to move on for personal reasons he could have quit a few weeks ago and saved Stoke's ratepayers the cost of a by-election.

NorthWestNationalists said...

It appears that Leat is to join the Tories !

Of course, this de-masculization of BNP policy, this de-radicalisisng of BNP policy, this is the result.

Why would anybody support the BNP when Griffin is moving the BNP so far towards the tories, that it is no wonder they 'jump ship' !

Griffin must go - yesterday !

Anonymous said...

This is what actually happened - according to the Sentinel newspaper in Stoke-on-Trent. See for more.

ONE of the seven British National Party councillors on Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been thrown out of the political group.

The far-right group got three more seats at last week’s local elections, but lost sitting councillor Steve Batkin in Longton North.

But Fellow Longton North councillor Mark Leat now appears to have paid the price for Mr Batkin’s defeat.

He has been removed from the group amid accusations he did not work hard enough. The decision leaves the BNP with six of the 60 seats on the city council.

BNP group leader councillor Albert Walker said: “I am removing the party whip from councillor Mark Leat and he will no longer be part of the BNP group.

“We consider he is not a team player. He places unreasonable demands on the group and although he has done a very good job as chairman of the council’s health scrutiny commission, his performance in other areas has been lacking, particularly in his ward where his work fell on to former BNP councillor Steve Batkin.

“He failed to help Steve Batkin in his election campaign, which contributed to Steve losing his seat in Longton North. We hold no malice towards Mark. We feel this will send out a clear message that only serious people who are prepared to work hard at their positions as ward councillors will be considered to be part of the BNP group.”

Mr Leat, who was elected in 2004, rejected the accusations. He said: “I’m in a state of shock. I feel like I’ve been stabbed in the back.”

He added: “If you speak to people in my ward they will tell you I have done a considerable amount. I got fencing round the old people’s bungalows on Kendrick Street – they were delighted.

“I have got people council houses and got money for the bowling club on Anchor Road and Longton Rugby Club.

“I have been doing a lot of things, and I think this is just a bit of sour grapes. In the run-up to the elections, Steve Batkin was dragged around other wards to help out there, and Longton was neglected. I actually went round knocking on doors myself asking people to vote for him.”

It is understood Mr Leat is keen to become a Conservative councillor in the authority’s Conservative and Independent Alliance, but that will have to be approved by Tory central office.

Mr Leat said: “That’s a possibility, but I don’t want to make a statement until I have spoken to people about it.”

Anonymous said...

Is he yet another one who has been stabbed in the back beacuse he wouldn't join the Griffin clique?

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