Around 80 invited activists attended the national launch meeting of the British Democratic Party in Queniborough, near Leicester, on Saturday, the 9th of February, 2013.
Key policies discussed included a halt to all further immigration, Britain's withdrawal from the EU and protecting the social and economic interests of the British people.
Addressing the meeting, the chairman of the new party's steering committee, Kevin Scott, who is also the director of the independent Civil Liberty nationalist civil rights campaign group, said that the new party would respect the rights of those legal immigrants and their descendants to remain in the UK without fear or hindrance. In due course, increased resettlement aid would be offered to those wanting to return voluntarily to their ancestral homelands. He also said the purpose of the new party was to win back the nationalist movement from those who had wrecked it and then, ultimately, to win back the country for our own people so that they may live freely once again unhindered by multiculturalism and political correctness.
One of the main speakers at the launch meeting was Andrew Brons, the MEP for Yorkshire and Humberside, who was warmly welcomed by the invited audience.
The other speakers included Adrian Davies, the former leader of the Freedom Party, Sam Swerling, a former Conservative councillor in London, Jim Lewthwaithe, a former Bradford BNP councillor, Kevan Stafford, the main Leicester organiser of the new party, Andrew Moffatt, a former UKIP parliamentary candidate, Brian Mahoney, a former BNP regional organiser from Wales, and Ken Booth, another former BNP regional organiser from the North East of England.
One of the aims of the meeting was to kickstart launch meetings across the south of England and beyond and rally those nationalists who have left the BNP in disgust at the destructive self-serving antics of that party's leadership.
The first part of the meeting discussed why a new party was needed, while the second half of the meeting discussed the way forward the new party proposed relating to the constitutional and financial controls it had developed over the last few months, the importance of ideology to the party's core beliefs, the organisation and administration of the new party and the importance of grassroots activism and local elections in building the profile of the BDP (or Brit Dems, if you prefer) across the country. Valuable contributions were made by the invited audience following both parts of the meeting.
Party literature and policy statements were distributed to the assembled activists and membership forms were also made available so that potential members could sign up on the day as many enthusiastically did.
This new British Democratic Party is the third manifestation of the party name that we are aware of in British political history. The first BDP was formed by John Brown, from South Shields, in the North East of England, in March 1938. According to his manifesto, one of the aims of this first BDP was, "the destruction of Communism and Fascism and the winning over of workers to a belief in their own country." John Brown had been expelled from the Labour Party only the month before for making speeches attacking the Labour leadership and his first BDP meetings on Tyneside were attacked by Labour and far-left thugs intent on destroying his new party.
Ironically, a photographer from the Labour party front group, Hope not Hate, turned up outside the meeting room in an effort to intimidate those attending the launch meeting of the new BDP.
The second version of the BDP was formed in early 1980 by Anthony Reed-Herbert, a Leicester lawyer and former leading light within the National Front at the time. Mr Reed-Herbert had split away from the National Front a few months earlier following the disappointing showing of the National Front in the 1979 general election. The BDP in Leicester scored some credible votes in local elections in the city before eventually merging with the British National Party when that party was established in 1982. A founder member of the Leicester-based BDP was present at yesterday's meeting and brought along some original BDP literature from 1980 for the invited audience to examine.
Like everyone else at the meeting, that former BDP member from the 1980s recognised the enormity of the task ahead for the new party, but, third time lucky, is determined to succeed this time!