Who the hell is Tina Wingfield ?
Letter from Tina Wingfield to Mike Easter31st August 2007
Dear Mr Easter
Re: Expulsion From Membership of the British National Party
This letter is to notify you of you expulsion from the British National Party, with immediate effect.
This expulsion is under Section 6.1 and 6.3 of the BNP's constitution (current edition issued September 2005, 9th edition), by which a member is liable to disciplinary sanction if he breaks the Code of Conduct which is Annex 1 in the Constitution.
In particular, section 6.3 states that:
Members who have offended against the Code of Conduct or otherwise acted in a manner contrary to the interests of the 'Party shall be liable to disciplinary sanction.
And section 4 of the Code of Conduct states that:
All Party members are expected at all times to conduct themselves in a manner that will bring credit upon the Party and to refrain from any acts, whether from a party political or private motive and whether political or private in nature, which are likely to bring the Party into disrepute.
The point at issue is your refusal to bring your self-styled 'Reform Group of the BNP' within the financial structure of the British National Party as required by British electoral law. You were contacted about this by the Party's national treasurer on 30th May 2006 and have both refused and failed to take any action to comply with the law.
Since then the Reform Group has sent out campaigning letters, launched a website and run an entire campaign. There can be no doubt that expenditure has been incurred and hence must in turn have been funded. The scale of such income and expenditure is irrelevant, since the law of the land requires full accountability and traceability for every penny of income and expenditure in every group that either is, or claims to be, or appears to be, part of the BNP.
In the run-up to the recent leadership election, it was reluctantly decided to leave this in abeyance lest the necessary action to resolve your refusal to obey the law of the land should have been falsely presented as some kind of ploy to stop a perfectly legitimate leadership challenge.
Now that is over, however, this consideration no longer applies. Your deliberate flouting of the law and of vital Party procedure is not only wrong in its own right, but it spits in the face of every local fund-holder in every unit in the country. They all go to considerable effort to keep the Party on the right side of the law, but you appear to believe that you, and you alone, are so important that you are exempt.
It is noted in passing, by the way, that this arrogant refusal to accept the most basic Party discipline is a long-term habit on your part, such that you were also expelled by the previous leader, John Tyndall, for refusing to obey his decision not to contest a General Election shortly after the Party was founded.
Clearly the situation with the Reform Group is not conducive to the imposition of the internal discipline needed to ensure financial probity and to keep the BNP within the law governing the financial accountability of political parties. Your direct responsibility for the Reform Group is proven by various documents and emails which will, if necessary, naturally be provided to a disciplinary tribunal.
Your refusal to comply with the treasury directive is in breach of Section 6.3. of the Constitution on account of being contrary to the interests of the Party.
In addition, Section 2 of the Code of Conduct is as follows:
All members when engaged in Party tasks are expected to act in accordance with whatever directives may be issued to them by the senior Party official present, providing that such directives are reasonable, lawful and in compliance with the Constitution of the Party.
The instruction from the national treasurer to you to submit financial records for the Reform Group is clearly reasonable, lawful and compliant both with the Constitution and the natural justice element of English Common Law. Your refusal to comply is therefore a blatant breach of the Code of Conduct.
You are, of course, entitled to appeal against your expulsion, in which case a tribunal will be appointed to hear the evidence against you and any defence you may wish to produce, in accordance both with the Party Constitution and your rights under English law.
Please note that you have 14 days in which to respond via Recorded Delivery post to the above address. Please provide an outline of your grounds for appeal in any such correspondence.
Tina WingfieldMembership Secretary(On behalf of the Disciplinary Department)