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Kirklees Unity by Kirklees Unity | Wednesday, 22 April 2009 | Click here for original article

It has been brought to our attention that the BNP in Kirklees intends again to hold a meeting in the Heckmondwike area on Thursday 23 April.

The meeting which is due to start at 8pm is to be held at The Royal Hotel public house, which is on High Street Heckmondwike WF16 0AL.

Richard Edmonds

The guest speaker for the night once again is Richard Edmonds, the former deputy leader of the party under the John Tyndall regime.

Former teacher Edmonds has a string of criminal convictions.

In 1988, The Sunday Times revealed that Holocaust News, a publication that claimed The Holocaust was an "evil hoax", was being published by Edmonds on behalf of a BNP front organisation, the Centre for Historical Review, and distributed by members. Panorama returned to the theme on 8 April 1991 in a programme where Edmonds described the publication as "a wonderful statement of the truth".

Edmonds spent time in custody over a racial attack in 1993 and had previously been convicted for smashing a statue of Nelson Mandela on London's South Bank. Further controversy came in 1993 when he told The Guardian that "we [the BNP] are 100% racist".

Surprisingly to some, Edmonds was co-opted by Nick Griffin onto the BNP's Advisory Council in September 2008, returning him to the top tier of the party and ending his period of apparent dissidence.

Edmonds was due to address a North Kirklees meeting at the Royal Hotel back in November 2008, but after pressure from antifascists the meeting was called off.

Because of the meeting's cancellation the North Kirklees organiser at the time, Ian Roper, was sacked by the Yorkshire regional organiser Adrian Marsden.

As The Royal is a Free House we are asking people to ring the pub and POLITELY lodge their complaint with the management.

The Royal Hotel's telephone number is 01924 403265.

We have proven already what can be done in November.

For more information on Richard Edmonds see http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/the-real-bnp/A-Z-of-the-BNP.php#e

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