On Tuesday around 50 members and supporters attended the first ever meeting in Guisborough with a selection of different speakers talking about a variety of subjects.
Kevin Broughton, the organiser for the area started off by talking about how far Teesside has come in the last few years. Just 1 year ago there was just 1 branch covering the whole of Teesside but the area has grown so fast that there are now 5 different branches and a lot more work as is a constant flood of new enquiries.
Kevin began talking about village life and how people in rural areas don’t get much attention from political parties. This has started to change with local Teesside activists leafleting areas like Staithes with more to come.
Activism was the next subject. Kevin said that “five people can do a ward in half a day. Leafleting isn’t hard and can be a positive experience for all. There will be leafleting sessions coming soon leading up to the election. Don’t worry if you haven’t leafleted before as you will be partnered with someone who has done it.”
Regional Elections officer James Macpherson was the next speak. He spoke of history and tradition. He talked about how his home village of Sedgefield recently ignored the health and safety Gestapo by continuing their 1000 year old sporting tradition. “It’s amazing that for 1000 years the people of Sedgefield have continued the tradition. In the past 1000 years countries have risen and fallen but the game still continues even with the threats from the health and safety brigade”.
James has also been tracing his ancestry and has traced his ancestry back to the 1500s in East Cleveland. His ancestor Thomas Fishburn built ships for Captain Cook that helped explore the unknown world. He said “we all have roots in this country so we should do everything we can to save it”.
James then went on to talk about pubs and how pub closures are a deliberate policy to prevent people discussing ideas which happened in communist countries. The closures are used to continue the breakdown of our culture and to stop people meeting up. James said “it all started with the smoking ban and now people would rather stay at home and drink cheap alcohol from supermarkets. This has meant pubs are closing around the country which is exactly what the government want”.
“The only way to save this country is by voting BNP. The other parties don’t give you any choice as they are all the same – the may as well be just one party”.
“There is a myth that the BNP only get votes from places suffering from desperation or racial tension. We are on the verge of winning in Rift House ward in Hartlepool.”
He ended his speech by talking about the final closure of Corus. “The main reason for the closure is because of foreign ownership. Foreign owners will always put their people first and are much more likely to make a Brit unemployed than their own countrymen.
Our core industries should not be in the hands of rich industrialists. Our core industries belong to us and when we are in power we will nationalise them. We don’t have long to save our country and we need more people to help with leafleting and spreading the message.”
Kevin Broughton then gave a talk on the ‘where we stand’ leaflets. “These leaflets are the most powerful weapon in our arsenal. It shows we aren’t just a one issue party”.
There was then a small break where the raffle was announced and the buffet was opened.
The next speaker was Central Middlesbrough organiser Michael Fergusson. He discussed local crime committed by immigrants and asylum seekers. He spoke of a gang of Iraqi asylum seekers who raped a young woman. The gang was caught but only given 3 years of probation because they had their houses attacked by people who don’t enjoy having their local women raped.
The local newspapers refused to publish the next story. “The Middlesbrough Asian Centre was raided by police after those running it were found to be taking underage boys and girls there for sex. It was closed down and now it will be set again with taxpayers’ money”.
“Recently there has been a lot of Eastern European organised crime committed by Czechs against elderly people. One 96 year old man was kept for 2 hours while they raided his bank accounts and took everything from him”.
Corus was again spoken of. “In December I held an open meeting to save Corus. Over 6 days a group of 8 dedicated activists leafleted 10,000 homes informing people of what we were doing. Not many people actually turned up and I have found out why. I have been told by other people who work at Corus that their unions threatened any members that turned up to the meeting. Thanks to those leaflets, we are still getting enquiries from Corus workers who will hopefully get involved soon”.
Kevin Broughton then ended the meeting by talking about the general election then holding a question and answers session.