Above are a couple of pictures taken recently on the Greasley by election campaign trail. Thanks to everyone that has given up their time to help out, our own Broxtowe members, Derby, Erewash and special thanks to Lewis in Amber Valley and to Michael Clark in Ashfield, also a special thanks to John Ryde.
I would like to add that although our leaflets state that we are the only political party that opposes the EU, what we really should have said is that we are the only credible party that opposes the EU.
The old school LIB/LAB/CON politicians in Broxtowe are holding a series of debates between their parliamentary candidates. Broxtowe BNP contacted both Nick Palmer (Broxtowe Labour MP) and prospective Conservative MP Anna Soubry, to see if our Parliamentary Candidate would be invited to join the debate, to which we received a resounding NO, apparently because the BNP holds no seats in the Broxtowe Parliamentary area.
As the BNP won a seat on Broxtowe Borough Council in Brinsley, which is part of the Ashfield Parliamentary area, that does not count. We pushed both Nick Palmer and Anna Soubry (the Conservative General Election Rival) but both were insistent that they were unwilling to share a stand with the BNP. So what exactly are they afraid of?
The second in a series of 4 debates brought together the activists (and maybe a non-aligned member of the public) of the 3 old School parties in one room. All 40 of them! Yes that’s right the three main parties can’t muster more than 40 people between them. The last local BNP meeting in the Broxtowe area attracted over 100 people. Such a low turn out seems to suggest that nobody is interested in what the LIBLABCON have to say. So what out of touch things are the above threesome and their followers saying to put off and distance people. Here’s some examples from the meeting:-
NICK PALMER: “DO NOT PANIC, If you are under direct threat [of being made redundant] talk to the support services available, talk to the bank, and as your MP, I will do my best to advise people on retaining and other options” So what has happened to the jobs we’re already trained in?!
ANNA SOUBRY “I think unemployment will be a real problem” Really how informative! Tell me something I don’t know?
DAVID WATTS “the best thing we can do is get rid of this government” So what will you do when Labour are gone then?!
LIBLABCON ACTIVIST “The most significant thing discussed was Gaza” This affects Broxtowe? How?!
If you think the above trio need to be put under more pressure why not go along and ask them some pressing questions at the next in the series of Events;
Friday February 27th at Trowell Parish Hall, Trowell (7pm-9pm)
The aim of the Peacock Club is to raise money for the British National Party in the East Midlands. It first started out as the East Midlands Club but after the sad passing of John Peacock, our Regional Organiser in the difficult years of the late 80s and 1990s, it was renamed in his honour. John Peacock was a Nationalist through and through and sacrificed so much for the party in the East Midlands which makes being part of a club that honours his name extremely worth while.
The Peacock Club has helped put us in a position in the East Midlands where we have a good chance of European electoral success this June; we are nearly at our target of being able to deliver a glossy A4 leaflet to the 2.15 Million houses across the region. Extra members to the Peacock Club will help us reach our full target for the 2009 election push.
Membership costs Just £10 per month (or a one off payment of £120) for which you are invited to a free meal once a year with the Party Chairman in an East Midlands location.
Anyone wishing to join, please write to us at:PO Box 8816, Coalville, Leicestershire. LE67 OBJ with your name and address and we will send you a standing order form.
Broxtowe Borough Council have announced plans to slash £60,000 from its budget and are considering plans to close Eastwood's Durban House Heritage Centre which houses exhibitions of the works of D.H Lawrence and also the local area's mining history.
Supporters of the Heritage Centre have claimed the closure of Durban House "would be a loss to the literary world, the mining community and future generations of schoolchildren that visit the centre."
Dr Sean Matthews, on the DH Lawrence Society Board and head of the DH Lawrence Research Centre at the University of Nottingham, said: "There's very little information being made available by Broxtowe Borough Council. These are discussions that seem to be taking place behind closed doors about an amenity that's a public facility.
Leader of the council, Coun Michael Rich, said the budget proposal was only made last week. "I have no doubt that stakeholders including members of the public who currently fund Durban House from council tax will have the opportunity to make representation," he said.
Fred Skillington, a 77-year-old former miner from the town, says he is offended by the plans.
"It's very important because the new generation haven't seen any pits, I grew up with pits all around me, they should be remembered," he said. "It's part of our background and heritage."
Teaching courses for staff are also held at Durban House. Jane Ratcliffe is assistant head teacher at Greasley Beauvale Primary School where DH Lawrence was once a pupil and later a student teacher.
She said: "We feel it offers a versatile and invaluable educational experience outside the classroom.
"The younger children in year one and two have gone down to Durban House to learn about the Victorians.
"The year sixes hold art exhibitions there and it's a great place. "I'd be sad to see it go, it's not good for the community – what would it become if it did close down, is it going to be another derelict building?"
The budget plans will be discussed by the council's cabinet on Tuesday, before being finalised by full council in March.
We would suggest if Broxtowe Borough Council needs to cut its costs, instead of targetting the area's history and heritage, which attracts international interest and tourism, I would suggest it starts by cutting its 28 page booklet devoted entirely to the Polish community. A community, which it seems Broxtowe are actively encouraging into the Borough at a time when Britain has 2 million unemployed.
Durban House itself, which is situated in Eastwood was built in 1896 for the Barber Walker mining company,it was once the wages office of Brinsley Colliery where D.H Lawrence's father worked, this is where the young "Bert Lawrence" would collect his father's pay packet. The house was later turned into a mining officials institute complete with a concert hall, billiard table and library, before being turned into flats, after the flats closed, the house remained derelict for several years.
Durban House has been fully renovated, reopening in 1998, and now contains 'talking' exhibits of the life and times of Lawrence, and also the original court copies of Lawrence's most controversial novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover.
I apologise for the lack of posts recently, there has been a very good reason, Broxtowe BNP have been extremely busy working in the Greasley (Giltbrook and Newthorpe) ward where our candidate Wayne Shelbourn will contesting the Greasley by election, to be held on Thursday 26th February. Also in the running are the Conservatives, Labour, UKIP and Lib Dems.
We have been working extremely hard in the area and I would like to thank everyone that has so far helped out with our campaign, that goes to fellow BNP members and activists in Broxtowe, Amber Valley, Ashfield, Bolsover and Nottingham.
If you can and would like to help out in the crucial next couple of weeks (and you don't need to be a member) please contact us on 07891 216822.
Likewise, we have had a fantastic response to our leaflets and will be endeavouring to follow up all requests for BNP information packs as soon as possible.