October 6th 2010: Last weekend the Constituency Office of Andrew Brons organised another highly successful trip to the European Parliament in Brussels.
British National Party activists from Yorkshire were joined by colleagues from the East Midlands, Eastern region and London for the three-day visit which also took in the famous battlefield at Waterloo.
In fact, the group stayed at a hotel in Waterloo and the following morning visited the Wellington Museum. The coach then went on to the actual battlefield and the more hardy of the group climbed the famous Butte du Lion, a monument that dominates the site.
Eddy Butler, who is a parliamentary assistant to Andrew Brons, is also an enthusiastic Battle of Waterloo historian and he provided some vivid descriptions of the crucial exchanges of the engagement.
That evening the group dined out in a restaurant on the battlefield (called Le Bivouac de l’Empereur) and then returned to the hotel where they were welcomed by Andrew Brons.
The next morning after breakfast the group set off for the European Parliament where they were shown around by the MEP.
There was a tour of the chamber where the Parliament sits (known as the Hemicycle) followed by a talk from a Latvian parliamentary official on the workings of the European Parliament. Andrew Brons and his Constituency Office Manager Chris Beverley then each gave an address to the audience in the special reception centre.
After a lunch in the visitors' canteen the party embarked on their trip home.
More photos of the trip can be seen on Andrew's facebook page.
27th September 2010: When Chris Beverley addressed BNP members at a meeting in Bridlington recently and asked them to let him know of any good local causes that they would like to see supported by Andrew Brons MEP, it did not take long for good suggestions to be submitted.
Indeed, it was at this very meeting that Sub-Regional organiser Gary Pudsey mentioned a fundraising event due to be held on the following Saturday. The event in question had been organised to raise money for a local soldier who lost his leg following an explosion in Afghanistan, and who had since been told that his £185 disability benefit has been stopped. Without this payment he cannot afford to run his specially adapted car.
26-year-old Aron Shelton from Bridlington (right) was told by the DWP that he was no longer entitled to disability allowance to fund his car, despite losing one leg and suffering crippling arthritis in the other.
Aron told his local newspaper:
"I was livid, I needed a punch bag to take my anger out on - though the British Prime Minister would have done! I lost my leg for a reason, I didn't lose it in an everyday accident or by messing around, I lost it fighting for my country in the British Army and I would expect that the British government would look after me because of it."
Upon learning of this case, Andrew Brons immediately send a cheque for £1000 from his community fund, which has been gratefully accepted.
24th September 2010: Yesterday evening Chris Beverley, the PA and Constituency Officer of Andrew Brons MEP, who also serves as the Regional Organiser for the British National Party’s Yorkshire and the Humber region, spoke in Bridlington to update BNP members on the work of their MEP.
Chris detailed the performance of Andrew in the European Parliament, and pointed out what a huge achievement it was that he was ranked 62nd out of 736 MEPs in terms of speaking in the Chamber, which puts him well within the top 10% of MEPs.
"This feat is even more impressive when it is considered that as a ‘non-attached MEP’ - which is one not belonging to one of the formal groupings in the parliament - there are far fewer opportunities to speak in the chamber than are enjoyed by most other MEPs," Chris told the meeting.
He said that a weighted comparison would be likely to put Andrew well within the very top few percent of MEPs with regard to speaking in the chamber.
Yet it is not just a question of the frequency of an MEP's speeches, what matters more is the content and message conveyed in a speech. Many MEPs who speak in plenary seem only interested in promoting themselves or the institution that they represent, whereas the speeches of Andrew Brons are all ideologically meaningful and properly thought out. They serve a greater purpose than simply allowing the speaker to claim that he has given a speech.
Chris outlined the various steps taken to promote the work of our MEP, and this includes the promotion of Andrew’s regularly updated websites:
www.andrewbronsmep.eu, Youtube Channel, Twitter and Facebook
The distribution of constituency newsletters, and regular letters and press releases to media outlets also takes place.
Chris discussed the various ways in which Andrew could assist his constituents in casework-related matters, could lend support to local community campaigns, and could also provide financial assistance to good causes throughout the region using the money in his community fund, which is made up of a 10% donation of his gross salary as an MEP.
The overriding message of the speech was the need for all BNP members and activists in this region to involve themselves in the Euro operation and make sure that it is used to the full benefit of our local communities across the Yorkshire and the Humber region.
Chris was joined at the meeting by BNP Founder-member Richard Edmonds, who delivered a rousing speech outlining the problems of associated with his home city of London, a city that has borne the brunt of the excesses of mass immigration more than any other city in the UK.
The meeting was ably chaired by East Coast Sub-Regional Organiser and East Riding group organiser Gary Pudsey, and many present felt this was one of the best and most uplifting meetings ever to be held in this area.
31st May 2010: Andrew Brons and Nick Griffin have registered a Written Declaration within the European Parliament concerning “properties expropriated and demolished under Spanish Coastal Law.”
The Declaration calls for the Spanish Government to fully compensate those home owners affected, and also for the European Commission to use its powers under Article 91 of Regulation (EC) No. 1083/2006 to interrupt the payment of structural funding to Spain, until this issue is resolved.
A written declaration is a way for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to launch or re-launch the debate on a matter falling within the European Union's sphere of activities. If the Declaration is signed by at least half of the MEPs within a time limit of three months, the Declaration may then be included on the Parliament’s agenda for discussion/adoption.
Both MEPs report a great deal of support and sympathy within the Parliament for the plight of property owners caught up in this appalling Spanish land ‘grab-back’ so, hopefully, the Declaration will gain the required number of signatories to allow the matter to be placed on the agenda.
Andrew Brons MEP has met with one of his constituents from Hull who has invented a fish trap that could help to propel the fishing industry towards more ecologically sound fishing.
The trap causes no damage to the seabed and prevents the waste of more established fishing methods that involve catching the wrong kinds of sea creatures which are then thrown back, in many cases already dead, into the sea. The device also facilitates a highly fuel-efficient form of fishing.
The inventor of the revolutionary pot/trap is former trawlerman Jeff Stockdale. He has had articles in various publications explaining the merits of his invention which uses the environment to catch fish rather than lines or bait. This is because fish are encouraged to enter the trap in order to escape the full force of the flow of the tide. The trap allows smaller fish to escape and also for larger ones to be released back into the sea unharmed should this be desired, which is rarely possible through traditional fishing methods.
Andrew Brons said:
"It was a pleasure to meet Jeff Stockdale and see an example of his work. His invention has my full support because the widespread use of such equipment could revolutionise the fishing industry and lead to a method of fishing that is much more in tune with the local environment.
"I would welcome correspondence from any of my constituents who wish to make me aware of their particular ideas, however specialised and whatever they entail. I hope that this invention can be introduced on a much larger scale and I will certainly do what I can, in my role as a member of the European Parliament, to make this happen."
IN TUNE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT: Andrew with Jeff Stockdale and his invention (above).
Chris Beverley, the constituency office manager for Andrew Brons MEP, reports that a very successful 'street surgery' was held in the centre of Richmond, North Yorkshire, last Saturday.
Attempts to book a room in a local council office for a surgery were not successful with Richmondshire District Council deliberately unhelpful,so a stall was set-up in the town centre.
In fact this was far more visible than a traditional indoor surgery would have been, which, combined with the beautiful weather on the day meant that it was certainly a successful visit that is sure to be repeated.
Andrew was delighted with the response:
"It was a pleasure to spend the day in this lovely corner of my constituency and I enjoyed meeting a number of local people in the town and discuss a wide variety of issues that people would like to see addressing."
Andrew Brons has pledged to highlight the issue of human rights abuses in Iraq, in particular to the Shabak community.
The MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber was approached by the Human Rights Centre in Huddersfield and asked to intervene to prevent the genocide of ethnic minorities in Iraq.
The Centre claims that because of the invasion and subsequent civil war, life in Iraq is as bad now as it was at any time under Saddam Hussein with thousands of people forced to flee their homes in the Nineveh province to escape the bombing around the city of Mosul.
"The occupation and Iraqi authorities have shown themselves unable to protect these communities. Indeed there is a suspicion that some of those in Government welcome the elimination of minority groups from this disputed area. The Kurdish Regional Government forces which claim control over the area have proved themselves unable, and apparently unwilling, to provide protection to the Shabak and other minority communites," the Centre says in its letter to Andrew.
MOSUL: Thousands have been forced to flee their homes (above).
Chris Beverley, the MEPís constituency office manager, replied to the Human Rights Centre:
"Andrew Brons is sympathetic to the points that you have raised and agrees that the war waged on the Iraqi people by the Blair and Brown governments has been a disaster for the Iraqis as it has for many British families who have lost a son or daughter in the conflict.
"The British National Party opposed this war of aggression from the outset and we continue to oppose all foreign wars of aggression that are fought where no British interest are at stake.
"The genocide that is now taking place within in Iraq is the responsibility of both Labour and Conservative politicians at Westminster who voted for the invasion of Iraq which has brought about the current unstable situation in this country.
"Mr Brons will seek to highlight the issue where possible and to this end he would welcome any further information or briefing material to assist a presentation to the European Parliament."
Residents in North Wakefield were left shellshocked after a 'travellers' funeral held at St Austins Roman Catholic Church.
For more than two hours there was traffic chaos in and around Wentworth Street and the surrounding area, with cars double parked, parked on yellow lines and driveways and entrances blocked.
Travellers congregated on the pavements outside the Church with many drinking in the street and some even urinating behind their vans.
Pedestrians were forced to walk in the road, yet the police and the normally vigilant traffic wardens seemed to turn a blind eye to this prolonged distruption.
Concerned by the lack of response by those who should be keeping order within the community, a spokesman for the residents wrote to the MEPs for Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire to ask:
"Why is it that one group of people appear to be immune from any form of sanction whilst the rest of us who pay their taxes and generally behave themselves have their every move watched."
Responding on behalf of Andrew Brons MEP, constituency office manger Chris Beverley, said:
"We sympathise with your concerns. It is disgraceful that members of certain groups are allowed to behave however they want whilst the rest of us would face arrest for acting in a similar manner.
"This unfair situation has come about because the 'Old Gang' politicians in Westminster have put the needs of numerous minorities (travellers are recognised as an ethnic group by the Race Relations Act and as such are allowed extensive privileges not extended to others) before the decent and law-abiding majority of people in this country.
"This is unfair and Andrew Brons and the British National Party will continue to work tirelessly to create a society in which all are equal under the law."
The BNP Member of the European Parliament was apparently the only one to comment on the issues raised.
In a reply to Chris Beverley, the residents' spokesman said:
"Thank you for having the courtesy to respond. This is more than the rest of the people who are supposed to represent us have done. Perhaps they are too busy filling in their expense claim forms?"
Chris Beverley is the Constituency Office Manager in Yorkshire and the Humber and is also PA to Andrew Brons.
He graduated from Leeds University with a First Class honours degree and has served for four years as a councillor on Leeds City Council.
Chris is 29 years old and lives in Leeds with his wife Joanna and their two young children Warrick and Harvey.
Martin Wingfield is the Communications Officer for the Yorkshire and The Humber Constituency.
He is a journalist and has produced 80 editions of the Freedom newspaper after taking over as the editor in May 2002.
He has now stepped down from that position.
Martin has also written a number of books on the history of football and has edited over 60 issues of a popular football magazine.
Eddy Butler is 47 years old and is an honours graduate in History and Politics from the University of London.
Eddy has been active in nationalist politics for thirty years and is the former National Organiser, National Elections Officer and National Campaign Director of the British National Party.
He lives with his family in Essex and now works as a political researcher to assist Andrew Brons in his role as an MEP. In that capacity he has organised several trips for constituents to Brussels and has been to the European Parliament on numerous occasions.
Simon Darby 45, is a political researcher with a Bsc (Hons) in Biology & Chemistry.
He is a former Dudley British National Party councillor and long time nationalist.
A keen angler and ornithologist, Simon regularly accompanies both MEPs to Brussels and Strasbourg.
Adam Walker 41, is a qualified teacher and has taught in both Britain and Japan. He speaks Japanese and has managed his own martial arts academy since 1999.
A political researcher, he recently represented both British National Party MEPs at a conference of nationalist political parties from across the globe in Tokyo.
Adam is also the staff manager for all our European employees, and a constituency caseworker.
John Walker is the European Press Officer for both Andrew Brons and Nick Griffin.
His duties involve research of committee work and to advise MEP's on voting decisions. He aslo records updates on MEP activities on a dedicated section of www.radiorwb.co.uk web-site entitled "Eurofile".
John has been a member of the British National Party for over 10 years. He was formerly a civil servant for 25 years working for MOD (Air) RAF Sealand. He served his last 7 years with DCSA UKNDA in the Supply of COMSEC material to UK tri-services and NATO European agencies, including the receipt & distribution of material from NSA in the USA & GCHQ Cheltenham.
He is also an elected BNP community councillor and Secretary of North Wales BNP.
A Cleethorpes resident has written to Andrew Brons asking for help in keeping the trains running on his local service.
Northern Rail are to cut in train services on the Barton Line to Cleethorpes which will effect the service to New Clee, Thornton Abbey and Barrow Haven.
Northern Rail claims that the cuts are just for a ëtrial periodí but supporters of the railway believes it will be the end of the line for these stations with customers being forced to find an alternative method of transport and unlikely to return if ever the stations did open up again.
The Barton Line is a predominantly rural railway for which the British taxpayer pays Northern Rail a subsidy to run trains. Hence it should be the duty of the company to provide a service that stops at ALL of the stations on the line, including the small village stations.
Northern Rail claims that the closure of these stations will result in faster journey times and will therefore attract more customers, but supporters of the Barton Line believe that that itís just a forerunner to shutting the line altogether.
They believe the company is more interested in maximising profits rather than serving the community. With the stations by-passed the viability of the whole route comes into question because a number of journey opportunities have removed.
Fewer journey opportunities will me fewer passengers which will will make it possible to declare that no one is interested in using the railway and so therefore it will have to be closed down. Such scenarios are a tried and tested method which has been successfully used by railway companies in the past to ístreamlineí services.
Andrew Brons MEP is also concerned that the ëtemporaryí reduced timetable on the Barton Line could signal its demise.
"Our railways have been under-funded since the days of Beeching and this has been a scandalous waste of a vital asset. We should be investing in our railways to make them the first choice for public transport which would help relieve the pressure on our overcrowded roads,î he said.
"Northern Rail is only a custodian of the regionís railway and as such has a duty of care to maintain it. It should not be allowed to make short term financial gains at the expense of endangering the future of the service.
"The Barton Line provides a vital service for the communities it runs through. People who use it arenít that fussed now about journey times, they just want a regular and reliable service.î
*This is Barrow Haven, one of the stations where for the next six months trains will be passing through but not stopping to pick up passengers.