Saturday, 22 December 2007

Sadie's Story

My Background

I joined the BNP in 2000, became Regional Organiser for the East Midlands in 2004 and Group Development Officer in 2006. I also became the parties first Parish Councillor in 2005 and was elected as a Borough Councillor in May 2007.

I don’t need to go into the work that I have done within the Party since then as most of you will be well aware of the things that I have organised and improved.

I would like to tell you all that I have not been earning huge amounts of money for this. In fact for a year I have been contracted by the Party as self-employed so that they can save on paying my tax bill. Something I was not happy about at all, but had no choice. I have been in receipt of £1,250 per month, out of which I have to pay my own tax and national insurance. I also received remuneration for direct expenses incurred during my Group Development work. I put 45,000 miles on my hire purchase car whilst driving it on Party business. I have never claimed for any expenses for my home, I pay my own landline phone bill, internet, and all other bills; everything. I had a Party mobile phone but that was it.

When the problems started

I could write an essay on the problems caused by the two individuals that have been the cause and centre of all this, but most of you are well aware of the issues by now.

I do want to say that we tried for nearly two years to raise these issues with Nick Griffin. We finally got to the end of our tether with it and after sending many emails to both Nick Griffin and the Party Manager. Ian Dawson and myself had a meeting with Nick Griffin in May 2007 about changes that were needed internally. Nick Griffin did concede that there were problems with treasury and that something would be done about it. Yet nothing was done.

The problems continued until a further meeting at Nick Griffin’s house with quite a few hand selected people with business skills, who met to discuss making some internal changes. However after this meeting the problems still continued, with no real changes being made, apart from the formation of the toothless Central Management Team and a National Fundraiser being taken on to help with treasury work.

On September 17th, just 2 days after the summer school I received a letter from Nick Griffin which was a written warning for what he describes as stepping outside the boundaries of my job and effectively doing his job. This was a mistake because he simply hadn’t read an email that I had sent to him. He had in fact asked me to phone around and suggest names of potential Deputy Treasurers, when they could start and if we could possibly afford them. I found several people – whom I won’t name here - and I spoke to Micheala Mackenzie on the phone to explain what Nick was looking for. Then just 3 minutes after the conversation I sent an email to Nick Griffin telling him that she would consider it and suggested that he speak with her. Nick never read this email and very oddly gave me a written warning for offering someone a job, which I never did. I was annoyed about this and his jumping to a conclusion without even bothering to speak to me first about it. However, when I posted him a copy of the email that was sent to him along with a very strongly worded letter he quickly retracted it and sent a text saying that I ‘probably’ deserved an apology.

On the 28th September, just after Ian Dawson had resigned, I received another letter from Nick sent via email from Simon Darby’s account which was telling me to back off from complaining about Mark and Treasury. In it he said that Mark was far more competent and skilled than myself and that I was easily replaceable. I was once again taken aback by this and it then became very clear that he was trying to push me out of the Party simply for trying to raise concerns. He said in it that it would be better if those who had a problem with Mark went now along with Ian so that he could replace us all at once. He had also sent a similar email to Kenny Smith. He said that I was hard working and he wanted me to stay but only if I wouldn’t raise issues about Mark.

In the run up to the Annual Conference 2007 I was working and preparing hard for it, including two seminars that Kenny and I were due to give entitled ‘Organisation and Structure’ and ‘Administration and Regional Development’ as agreed with Nick in September. We had prepared departmental flow charts but Mark Collett refused to put them into the Conference Handbooks because we had not put him as a head of a department. Our decision was based on correspondence with people who are part of the publicity machine and asking them whether Mark was their direct line manager and whether they were answerable to him. It was clear from the answers that this was not the case and this is the reason that Mark was not put as a department head but instead put as part of the ideology and policy department headed by Nick. There is not a single official who directly answers to Mark as their direct line manager so he cannot possibly be a departmental head. Mark’s refusal to put the notes of our talks into the handbook resulted in Nick and Mark privately deciding to pull one of our seminars, change the title and scope of the other without either of us knowing until the afternoon before the Conference. They did this on the Monday before the handbook was printed. We were so totally appalled by this and not having any time to prepare our ‘new seminar’ we both decided we could not talk at all. I could not get over how completely outrageous this was when I had organised and worked so hard on getting the itinery and the conference itself prepared. This was just yet another example of Nick bowing down to pressure from Mark at the expense of the efforts of other staff and the party overall.

Theft of Computer

I cannot go into the precise details of the theft of my property by the security department because it is now part of a Police investigation. In any case the full details have already been posted on this blog for all to see. I see from the BNP site that they have posted up a receipt claiming to be for the purchase of my computer. I will be speaking to the police about this and why Nick was claiming initially that the computer I had was from an employee, now sadly deceased, and now suddenly there appears to be a receipt for it!

If the party wanted party property returned then they would have only had to provide an inventory of what was theirs and they would have got it. There is no doubt that security entered my property illegally and used deception to tell a friend of mine that they had spoken to Matt and me and that we had given permission for them to enter my house. This is certainly not the actions of a lawful and legitimate political leadership, which is why the police are taking this so seriously.

I can say that I am absolutely appalled that the Party that I have worked so hard for on both a voluntary and paid basis has treated me in this way. I have never wanted to run this Party, but I was in a position to see the changes that needed to be made to the internal construction of the Party. This is only ever what we were trying to do.

Nick is now touring the country with Mark Collett, Dave Hannam and John Walker setting up meetings to give their stories. It is strange that at the time of writing the Party’s accounts still have not been submitted yet they all find time to drop party work for over a week to do this tour. None of us are being officially invited to these meetings to counter the lies and allegations being made against us so this is why I am writing this statement to put across my side with what I can say is written with 100% honesty, something often not found very often in politics.


Nick Griffin has stated at North West and Leicestershire meetings that steps had to be taken by the Party’s internal intelligence department to prevent further leaks of emails. When asked directly about the bugging of an official’s home and that this contravened the Party’s stance on ID cards and freedom of speech, he did not deny that a bugging device was used. It is likely that he will now change his stance on this given the overwhelming outrage amongst the party membership of this kind of illegal and unwarranted behaviour. This is again a further matter for police investigation. Nick has no evidence that any emails from any of us have been leaked to any organisation at all, this is pure slander.

Unfair Dismissal

I have received no formal written notification that I have either been expelled or sacked from the party or my employment – I learned about my expulsion from the website. The party appear to think that they have reasonable grounds because I have been illegally employed by them for over a year now as Self Employed. They are entirely wrong and according to no less than four solicitors I have a very strong case against the party. Once again this is a last resort but is a serious option unless this is remedied immediately.

Breaking of Privacy Laws

Nick Griffin and the others have without doubt broken very serious Privacy laws by trawling through my computer. They are then claiming to be putting up emails from my computer online, on blogs and reading out emails at meetings which all contravenes various laws. This includes my private and personal ntlworld email address. My computer has been in their hands for over a week now, date settings can be easily changed and anything can be put onto a hard drive that was not there originally. The world of politics has been stunned by the actions of the party in the past week and comments have already been made in Parliament of the hot water that the party is getting itself into by purporting to be posting up things from my computer. It is quite incredible and something that we as Free Speech Nationalists should not condone.

Smears and Lies

I have received emails and texts forwarded to me by supporters that Nick Griffin has been sending out to people. The lies are blatant and do not corroborate each other. To some people he is saying that I am a neo-nazi crank and to others I work for Labour and am a UAF infiltrator. He is telling people that I was wrongly amending bank statements that I distribute to fundholders at each regional council meeting. This is ridiculous, why on earth as an RO would I want to do this, when all I want is accurate and up to date statements for everyone. I would frequently tell Dave Hannam about problems and errors on the accounts, money not being banked or going missing, being overcharged for leaflets etc, yet the corrections were never made despite reminders. I gave up asking anymore and decided just to send out the statements that Dave had said he had amended.

Simon Darby has now stated on Newsnight that we are ‘Neo-Nazis that they have purged from the Party’. This is an outrageous slur. If I was a nazi then why has the press never reported this, why was I elected as a councillor with a huge majority, why has Nick celebrated the work that I have done within the party like organising conferences and training events, and even only at a meeting last Saturday stated that I had done great work for the party? What terrible irreparable damage does this do for a party that has been working so hard – my own efforts included - to shake off this image, when our own Press Officer says something so stupid on national television?


Another lie that is being peddled is that we were trying to set up a coup to oust people from the Advisory Council and replace them with our own, even to disband the AC altogether. This is certainly not the case at all, in fact I strongly support AC meetings and have organised at least three of them. Councillors at the Blackpool Conference voted in Cllr Chris Beverley onto the AC as the Cllr Rep. Chris Jackson was nominated to be the NW Regional Organiser by a majority decision, which has now been overruled by Nick Griffin at the recent NW meeting and instead placed himself in that role. I went on a trip to Sweden with Nick Griffin a few years ago to discuss the Voting member scheme that they have in Sweden with a view to implementing something similar within the BNP. Upon our return I had a meeting with Ian Dawson to discuss measures to implement it. Therefore if I was instrumental in helping to establish the Voting member system then why would I want to dismantle it? In fact, I have been raising concerns to Nick that it has been only part established because Treasury had done nothing with the financial contributions despite this being voted upon at Conference in 2006.

In Conclusion

This past week has literally torn me in two. I have had to deal with friends of ours stealing our property, my home being bugged, I have lost my job, there are traitors trawling through my private and personal emails, posting lies about me over the internet, and the thought of never having my computer returned which has irreplaceable holiday photos, scanned photos of our unborn baby and photos of the day we got engaged.

There is no doubt that the Party has acted illegally. They cannot justify the actions that they have taken because the party was never under threat, neither was Nick Griffins position as leader. The action that we took was simply about preventing further internal damage from the actions and behaviour of Mark Collett and Dave Hannam. Nick’s actions over the past week have amounted to paranoia of inexplicable proportions. He has now damaged his reputation as Party Leader beyond repair. This situation has reached the wider public, Parliament and the National Press. I really cannot understand why he is resorting to these lengths to keep just two members of staff. He has already lost some of his hardest working members of staff and very senior and important regional and local officers. He is claiming that this will all be over within a couple of days but that is simply not happening. The party is now in a crisis that Nick has created. I honestly and sincerely believe that Nick is no longer fit to lead this party. He has shown the desperate lengths that he will go to stifle criticism of his leadership, these are not the actions of a democratic leader with the interests of the party membership as his number one priority.

In the past 24 hours there have been serious and very sinister developments that any party member would find shocking. Unfortunately we are unable to release this information at this time. However, as soon as we are able to it will be reported on this blog.


Sadie Graham


Anonymous said...

Good to see Cllr Auty has added his name to the list today.

Anonymous said...

Bev Jones and Ian Dawson sacked today by the Dictator Griffin.

Anonymous said...

I had my doiubts about the "rebels" but no one has done more damage to the BNP than "Press Officer" Simon Darby when he went on telly Newsnight I thinik saying that the Party had stopped an attempt by hardline neo-nazis. What kind of message does that send out to potential BNP voters? What a stupid gaffe to make. Come back Doc, you put your foot in it occasionally but nothing like Darby's blunder.

Anonymous said...

If it was your personal computer, why were you doing BNP business on it, instead of on the one issued by the party?

Anonymous said...

I feel like I've stumbled into a family squabble which I've watched with an increasingly depressing sense of horror.

Although I'm an Independent I was looking for a party I could at least vote for - and the BNP was looking very promising (cleaned up massively over the years from what I understand).

In fact I've already taken quite a bit of flak from the usual UAF morons and their local equivalents for daring to send out a counter-leaflet rubbishing their vicious and hysterical propaganda claims against a local BNP candidate in a local by election.

Certainly from the tough time UAF were trying to give me, Mark Collett was very much a large part of their ammunition - and justifiably so it seems.

Now paranoia (or some other mind altering condition) seems to be collectively afflicting the BNP party leadership. Very strange! Circumstances political leaders in other parties would shrug off seems to stir this mad beast within the BNP into an orgy of self destruction (UKIP had it as well before they became absorbed to be now part of the problem!)

What Sadie and others here are saying makes reasonable sense. The one thing I find gives me hope is that Sadie & Co do have so much support from others within the BNP.

I know Griffin had other good leadership skills - but how on earth can he continue after all this?

I wish I could help. I really do. Hope it all turns out OK.

Anonymous said...

Sadie, you have an overwhelmingly strong case for unfair dismissal. Don't forget that any claim has to be made within 3 months of being dismissed.

Lee Barnes's appalling comments on his blog are clearly libelous. What does it say about Griffin that he allies himself with such a deranged individual who seems to have such a bitter attitude against women? I doubt he's worth suing though because he has no money or credibility.

Anonymous said...

i never saw darbys gaffe on newsnight but by all accounts we may as well be called the UAF. darby has a soft spot for telling porkies.wake up people.

Anonymous said...

Sadie, i believe every word you have wrote, if griffin had got rid of those two wasters, his position would never been in question, now he has no credibility or relevance,he is a man who is on his last legs as party leader.

Anonymous said...

Darby is scum to call you guys Nazis when he knows like the rest of us that you are nothing of the kind. He's making a good go at being the new Dr Goebbels though.

Anonymous said...

Sadie, do you categorically deny ever passing any information to Searchlight/UAF. If so I'm 100% behind you. But if you did then no amount of hard work done for the Party excuses that. Just make a definite statement please.

Anonymous said...

Well written Sadie and right to the point! My heart is with you girl, I for one know how you feel when I was betrayed by the Griffin gang!

One of my very good mates was expelled today Mick Simpson who was part of the security team for Warren Bennett.For Alegedly being part of the so-called fiasco at the leeds meeting.

This is outrageous how we all are treated when we question Griffin about Collett.

Anonymous said...

Hello Sadie
I can now hold up my head.
I have just been sacked as Information Officer Eastern Region by Eddy Butler.
I was asked by one of the eastern region organisers about what was going on. It was an E mail to my private E mail address.
As such I felt free to give my personal view, stressed as much, and wrote that i had grave doubts about the dispute and was inclined to support you and yours and was considering resigning because I did.
I then received a message from Eddy telling me I was acting wrongly and must obey the official Party line.
As I realised that the organiser in question must have gone behind my back, using my personal E mail again I sent the following message (slightly edited)by which I stand

'And I have just been told off by Eddy for stating my personal views to you - which he knew anyway.
I still hold those views.
I do not do house breaking.
I do not do bugging.
I do not go on newsnight denouncing people in public for being Neo Nazis and really inflicting damage on the party.
I do not do Nazi in any form particularly where it comes to documentaries and claims of being nazi boy so I do not do Mark Collett..
I do not do south african bomb makers attached to the really Nazi AWB.
In fact there is a lot I do not do.
I am far from happy about everything at the moment.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year'

It would appear now that to even dissent from the party line on a private E mail is a sackable offence.
As a matter of fact my resignation was on my computer anyway.
I posted you a cheque yesterday and will continue to do so each week as long as it takes.
Sending such financial support was perhaps incompatible with my being a regional officer.
I have great respect for Eddy Butler. He is trying to soldier on in the middle of a conflict not of his making.
He is trying, against all odds to win a by-election in Welham Green.
However my personal view is that the BNP as it stands is not widely electable. It is a quasi-dictatorship and must become a meritocracy and accountable to its members - not continue as some sort of corrupt Tudor court.
I also feel, like you Sadie that the Rubicon has been crossed and reading your views has made this much easier.
I am also convinced that there is an intelligence mole at the top of the party. I am also 95% sure I know who it is and I know others believe exactly the same thing.
I would have resigned sooner but I was hopeful of some reconcilation and believed Eddy Butler when he assured me it would happen.
Sadly it has not and I am now committed to the side of right and for working towards a BNP which can honestly face an electorate from a position of strength and probity.
E Sutherland

Anonymous said...

lawyer is right on this occasion Sadie.

Barnes' baseless and hysterical invective on his grubby little blog clearly highlights his serious mental problems, but there is a saying in the legal trade:

"Never sue a man of straw" i.e. It would be a waste of time suing him because he has nothing.

Barnes is best ignored. Once he has served his purpose this time (i.e. causing even more decent people to leave because of his spite) then Griffin will quietly sideline him again.

Griffin is a master of manipulation, he absolutely cannot be trusted by any means, and by the time it comes to light what he has been up to all along, he will be sat in his Croatian bolthole enjoying the thirty pieces of silver that the State have paid him for a job well done.

One other point also, Barnes' amusing take on what constitutes Special Branch/MI5 operatives. Has anybody else noticed that his 'description' actually fits the hand of Simon Darby like a tailor-made glove ?

Anonymous said...

I had not heard of Lee Baines until I saw some mention on this site.

Why is the BNP leader associating himself with this individual? It is clear that Mr. Barnes needs some help. In all my 4 years of BNP membership have I seen such venom directed against people I have worked with and know to be 100% trustworthy and decent people, people like Sadie and Kenny made the party work on a daily basis and I havent heard a bad word said against either of them.

If Mr, Griffin doesnt do the honourable thing and sort this mess out and give the good guys (and girls) their jobs back I will be tearing up my membership card on January 1st.


Anonymous said...

Why have Bev Jones and Ian Dawson been sacked today?

I dont know Ian but Bev is the most honest and upstanding nationalist I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. I know some anti-South African posts have been made but boy, Bev is worth not her unsubstantial weight in gold. She wont berate me for saying that!

Who next for Griffin's axe?

A TRUE nationalist.

Anonymous said...

Bev Jones was expelled because three people called for her expulsion via the BNP forum

Dave Shapcott
Clive Jefferson
Paul Hindley

Someone who knows.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said: "Bev Jones was expelled because three people called for her expulsion via the BNP forum

Dave Shapcott
Clive Jefferson
Paul Hindley"

But Lee Barnes said that the BNP can't expel members (i.e. Collett and Hannam) just because other members want them to be expelled.

tonydj said...

OK, interest declared, I'm Bev's Husband.

Regarding the three who called for Bev's expulsion, two have had issues with her for ages. (DS PH)

Oh, and if one of these is reading this, You are a member of Tameside group not Thameside group. Also, you were the only 2007 candidate in Tameside to miss the Friday social but you managed to find your way to the 12th Dec Wigan meeting....committment to the group is an issue you raised on the BNP forum.

Anonymous said...

As a member of the party without office but having stood as a candidate in the past, I am only now beginning to realise why over the years many, many good decent people have been walking away from the party without explanation. at the time i thought that the sheer amount of work they were doing for the party was taking its toll on personal issues and knowing many of these people personally i had no doubt when this was the explanation they gave me. Mr Griffin these people are going to come back to haunt you in the coming weeks because from where i stand there is a very similar scenario now being played out with people who have chosen to speak up for the good of this great nation. I dont know if you have now taken this too far nick, but for the sake of everyone, please,please start telling the truth and following your better judgement.

Anonymous said...

Nothing has shocked me more about this train wreck than Simon Darby's accusation of 'neo-Nazi'. When a senior British nationalist uses the language of our enemies against dissenting comrades I begin to doubt his credentials.

Anonymous said...

Now that's better we now know what really happened, but why did you not put this up a week ago?

Everything I personally know of these events tallies with your account. Collett is, as you say, a megalomaniac, and my dealings with Hamman convinced me that he was worse than useless. While Ian, and yourself (Sadie) came over as extremely efficient and helpful.

It’s now clear that you are now fighting back with all guns now, well done. Collett must go, Hamman must go, and regrettably Griffin must now go. Two weeks ago saying that about Nick Griffin would have been unthinkable for me.

One last point: Bev Jones the NW’s fund raiser has now been expelled from the party. Stand proud Bev your in good company, and more good people will be joining you very soon I’m sure.

Anonymous said...

Darby's lies have done more damage to the BNP during this affair than anything else. Yes even worse than the illegal bugging, house raid and theft. How can that man lie and call our friends Nazis when he knows perfectly well that they are anything but. Darby is just Griffin's puppet and the fact that he will lie about good comrades to support Griffin proves he is loyal to Griffin and not the BNP. Darby is a disgrace!
In Brum his uselessness is well known! He dodges hard decisions and distrusts new people. He'd rather stick with useless people rather than give new people a go because he is paranoid about his position. He is still Regional Organiser but moved to Wales to be near Griffin. He tells people he's still in the West Mids boundary but that's bull. The West Mids needs a new RO after this and the BNP a new Press Officer who won't lie about good comrades just because they don't take crap from the boss.

Anonymous said...

Bev and Ian are not just loyal nationalists they are like the other 6 expelled people community activists. You won't find Collett, Hannam or Walker engaging in community activism.

Nick you are getting rid of your best people. The ones that do the work behind the scenes and at the coal face. You are going to leave yourself with just incompetent yes men and internet warriors. Why are you destroying our party to protect Collett?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Brummieboy said...

I had not heard of Lee Baines until I saw some mention on this site.

Why is anybody paying attention to the ravings of that deranged lunatic? He's not a qualified lawyer and he's not even a BNP member, just another member of Griffin's unaccountable clique.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the side of truth and light Elizabeth!

Anonymous said...

Full support. Right will out in the end. Justice for: Sadie, Ian, Kenny, & Nicholla.

Your actions will make the BNP fully electable.

Keep the faith.

Anonymous said...

In these times of stress and concern there are lighter moments that help lift us with a little amusement. I have just experienced one of these moments, a real side splitter, an absolute gem, reading Lee Barnes' blog. Do yourself a favour and log on. He is nearing that time when men in white coats will be knocking on his door. They will wrestle his pot noodle from his grasp, change his nappy and dress him in matching clothes and cart him off to where pens, pencils and other sharp object are locked away. After reading this blog people remaining blidly loyal to King Nick will hold their heads in disbelief of these rambling considering he is one of those advising the B.N.P.
I would consider it prudent for E.I.E. to somehow link Lees blog to this site so that we can have easy access and have a bloody good laugh, fun for all...

Anonymous said...

This is what Clive Jefferson of Cumbria and Security says about you lot on the forum.

Bad spelling is his,not mine.


This is exactly why my advice from day one to everyone was - STAND FIRM PEOPLE ! Just get on with the job in hand - Nationalism - IE winning our country back.

Hysteria, that is the only way to describe this event.

The positions of \"Red Kenny\", \"Shady Sadie\" and others were lost from the start WHY - AS THEY WERE/ ARE GUILTY. They knew that better than anyone so once exposed they have embarked on this most base set of actions WHY if they had done no wrong ?????? A tribunal would have vindicated them 100% if indeed they were innocent !

Think about it............... instead of using all their energy, OUR money , computers and membership lists ect... to DEMAND being re-instated and others removed, to compromise the peace of mind of many and rip their friends loyalties in half .PUTTING GOOD PEOPLE INTO IMPOSIBLE POSITIONS, asking members to withhold memberships, councilors to throw off the BNP whip (That got them elected in the first place ! and in so doing betraying the voters who voted in a BNP councilor !!!!) not to mention all the ammunition STILL THIS VERY SECOND POURING OUT OF THEM, doing us all harm.

INSTEAD OF ALL THE ABOVE - Why the hell not pour 1/4 of the effort and energy into a transparent and quick, recorded, open disaplinery hearing to clear their names ????????????? WHY - ask yourself that vital question.

Then put it behind us and move on, just typing the above has made me furious with their actions.


clive j

Anonymous said...

Red Kenny and Shady Sadie oh that's good Clive. And what should we call stupid lapdogs who cross borders trying to intimidate and threaten pregnant women? The word coward springs to mind!

Remember too Clive that Kenny and Sadie were 'exposed' as the anonymous editors of this Blog by the party after they bugged Sadie's home and then broadcast the findings on the BNP website. They didn't get the opportunity to plead their case at a tribunal before you and the other Griffin gimps turned up on their doors, or in Reynolds case through Sadie's door.

Think about it dimwit! Get a brain and a mind of your own. Blind loyalty is not true loyalty, but then I don't expect an arse-kissing new kid on the block like you to understand that.

Oh and btw why have you been disobeying party instructions and publishing an openly BNP Blog, when Griffin and Steve Blake announced a shut down in BN months ago? People in glass houses shouldn't through stones Clive.

I almost wish you had tried to force entry on Kenny's house. You didn't even spot our team watching you gimps as you sat in the van in the car park beside the hotel or while you chatted with Griffo and Reynolds on the phone behind Kenny's place did you? Some security officer you?

eddy said...

i dont know if nick griffin as any expieriance as a conjurer,but he had better be very good at it if he expects to conjure up someone as good as sadie graham and the other party members who he is failing to listen to,and he has to find replacements for, because, take it from me,these type of people dont come along very often so -nick,think hard,and think fast,do you love this party as much as we do -councillor eddy edwards(prospective mp for bolsover)