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BNP councillor claims allotment victory

Sonia Gable | Friday, 7 December 2007 Source: Searchlight

Julian Leppert, the BNP's sole councillor in Redbridge, has claimed single-handedly to have saved the borough's allotments from being sold off. In a leaflet distributed in his Hainault ward last month, he makes out that he had "the casting vote on the hottest issue in Redbridge", by virtue of the fact that a motion to delay the council's land sales programme was passed by 28 votes to 27.

It is unclear why he thinks his vote was more important than those of the other 27 councillors who voted in favour, but he can be congratulated on his positive action towards harmony and diversity in Redbridge. A gardener writing in the Ilford Recorder described his allotment society as having "members from five continents and at least twenty different countries, including some who had to leave their homes following war or threats to life".

That Leppert was just hijacking the issue for the BNP's benefit became clear when members of the anti-fascist community group, Redbridge and Epping Forest Together, contacted the people who really led the fight to save the allotments. "The BNP have not spoken at any Council meetings about allotments", they said. "Allotment gardeners themselves have been campaigning since February without a word of support from the BNP. It is offensive to learn that the BNP are claiming credit for the campaign and an insult to the many allotment gardeners who have worked hard to mobilise support."

Leppert's leaflet, which contained several other lies, was issued from a PO Box in Woodford Green. Enquiries with the Royal Mail revealed that it was registered to the address where Tony Lecomber has lived for several years. Lecomber, known as the mad bomber, was supposedly ejected from the BNP after he was found out plotting to hire a hit man to assassinate a leading politician. He previously served two three-year prison sentences on explosives charges and for assaulting a Jewish school teacher.

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