Salford British National Party have had a candidate campaign meeting in an election period stopped by the Labour mayor’s office, in a clear breach of the peoples representation act sections 95 to 98, which states candidates in an election to hold meetings in a public building.
The meeting was weeks in advance pre booked at the Salford Council Head Quarter’s , Civic Centre, Swinton, which enabled us to publically invite members of the Weaste and Seedley ward and give them the chance to meet and question the candidate Kay Pollitt at this election. The meeting was totally legal and we were well within our rights to hold such a meeting, up until three hours of the meeting Salford Council had made arrangements to accommodate us in the Salford Suite.
The Labour Party who dominate Salford holding 52 seat’s out of 60 must have been very upset, that we had dared to take the fight right into the lion’s den, Labour activists decided to keep ringing the mayor’s office and request him to put a stop to the democratic action happening for one night in the civic centre. Martin Vickers, £134,000 a year director of customer services and second in command, and who answers directly to the mayor rang organisers and told them, the meeting had been cancelled and his decision would be in writing the next day.
Neil Watts Electoral Services Manager, added the room was now ‘unavailable for use to the British National Party’ and then a second public venue was requested by the candidate, that also fell on death ear’s.
In a report it has also just been established that the Electoral Reform Society had slammed Salford Council reporting that they Salford democratic service’s had ‘failed basic tests in democracy’ as it has turned into a one party state, being compared with Communist Country’s North Korea, China and Cuba, ERS have said “Labour dominating council boss’s will feel untouchable and accountable to no one other than Labour” and research done by the society has revealed likelihood of one party council such as Labour to increase allowances and expenses for themselves.
It’s also been publically reported that Martin Vickers who claims to be the deputy returning officer, and cancelled the British National Party public meeting had been drafted in on a power grab by the Labour Mayor Ian Stewart, Vickers has been drafted into the mayor’s office for ‘Big strategic issues’
Salford British National Party tells correspondents “here we go again, another election and another corrupt council helping Labour to win, I mean Vickers and Ian Stewart have really over excelled themselves this time, as the mayor said Vickers has been brought in for big strategic issues, well whatever is a bigger issue than the thought of a British National Party councillor being elected into the chamber of the council.
“With the EFS report saying the council had failed in democracy, this was a chance to prove them wrong but they feel the need to step right up to the mark and deny the people of Weaste and Seedley a chance to hear their British National Party candidate, I mean like I have told people who have rang me to say they were turned away, name calling and picking faults in a legal party is one thing, and everyone has the right to do that, but to disrespect voters by not allowing them to scrutinize other candidates in an election is wrong”.
“The public meeting did go ahead in a nearby venue, and we ask the Labour activists who were outside taking pictures saying there were only four of us there, why didn’t they come in, after all it was a public meeting. Salfordians are awakening to Labours ways, Salford British National Party will never be beaten, the fight goes on until we remove every Labour councillor from the chambers”
To contact Salford British National Party email Salford@bnp.org.uk letter of support can be sent to BNP PO Box 16, Salford, M6 7PT.