Anti Fascism,  The Right

SOTS and the BNP need to be more transparent about their links

This is a cross post by Maurice Cousins of There is Nothing British about the BNP

Bill Murray, director of the Soldiers off the Street, claims that his veterans organisation has “no connection” with the British National Party. He claims it is misleading to suggest he has substantial links with the extremist party. In a recent email to Garry Bushell, the well-known TV journalist and who recently suspended his patronage with SOTS, Murray wrote:

“We have NO conection with the BNP. I was a member and resigned there is a hate campaign going on with Tim Montgomerie, James Bethell and Maurice Cousins with their site Nothing British ”

Specifically, Murray claims he left the BNP in August 2009. But strong links between Murray and the BNP remain well established.

For example, in November 2009 Nick Griffin said it was “politically beneficial” to be linked with SOTS. He told Scottish media:

“It’s politically beneficial for us to be seen with these organisations. We are also involved in other veteran organisations such as Help for Heroes and Soldiers off the Street. It definitely doesn’t hurt the party to be connected to these groups.”

On the Soldiers off the Street’s links page, there is posted the crest and a link to a company called Easy Security Services Ltd (company number 06706626). ESS is a security firm which, according to its Companies House records, has Daniel McDonaldlisted as one of its directors. McDonald is also a BNP PPC for Horsham.

According to the BNP supporting blog TITVS ADVXAS, in August 2009  Roger Phillips,deputy West Wales BNP organiser, sent a message out to party supporters saying:

“… a new charity has launched in the UK that we support and if any of you can offer any kind of help or assistance could you please contact them on the link below. An article can be found here on The Green Arrow website and theSoldiers off the Street website.”

And Murray’s Facebook “friends” (all screen grabs were taken on 25th March 2010)?

Bob Bailey – leader of Barking BNP, councillor and Romford PPC.

Bob Bailey cropped Bill Murray

Chris Beverley – BNP councillor, PPC for Morley and Outwood and Chief of Staff toAndrew Brons MEP.

Chris Beverley cropped Bill Murray

Clive Jefferson – BNP PPC for Copeland and Campaign Co-ordinator to Nick Griffin MEP. Jefferson is also listed as being on the EU pay roll.

Clive Jefferson cropped Bill Murray

Mark Collett – Head of publicity and BNP PPC for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough.

Mark Collett cropped Bill Murray

Peter Mullins – BNP Defence spokesman.

Peter Mullins cropped Bill Murray

Is it not time SOTS was more transparent about its links and associations with theBNP?

For more information on Soldiers off the Street please read our briefing by clicking here.

Maurice Cousins