For Britain Legal Issues Summary, 26th October 2018

Since inception, like many individuals and organisations that do not sit on the far left in politics, we have been on the receiving end of some unacceptable situations from both the media and policing. As an Electoral Commission approved centre right party, we will not tolerate actions that cross the line of acceptability. Statements and actions from far left groups, some endorsed by senior Labour party members, are in danger of whipping up an ugly atmosphere that could eventually create serious incident. It is therefore...

Since inception, like many individuals and organisations that do not sit on the far left in politics, we have been on the receiving end of some unacceptable situations from both the media and policing. As an Electoral Commission approved centre right party, we will not tolerate actions that cross the line of acceptability. Statements and actions from far left groups, some endorsed by senior Labour party members, are in danger of whipping up an ugly atmosphere that could eventually create serious incident. It is therefore our duty to vigorously pursue media or protest group misinformation, or authorities that fail to uphold our democratic rights. There are a number of lines we are pursuing, so we thought it worthwhile sharing the status on some. I am happy to say we are making progress. It is our belief that some people on the left believe they can act with impunity, that they will not be challenged. Let the party make it absolutely clear, that is not the case.

In June at the hustings for the Lewisham East by election approximately eighty protesters led by the Socialist Workers Party and the so-called-‘anti-fascist’ fascists of Stand Up to Racism gathered to obstruct access to the building aggressively jostling and threatening anyone trying to enter. One For Britain member who relies on a walking stick was pushed to the ground. A woman can be seen on videos spitting at people. Inspection of the imprint on leaflets and placards showed that the protest was endorsed and backed by The Labour Party. The meeting to arrange the protest was held at the local Labour Party HQ.

They feared what we had to say and used violence to try to stop our message. 

Despite this being a parliamentary election hustings the police deployed just three officers and a PCSO knowing full well that that would be completely inadequate to allow people to enter, even though there were a dozen other officers waiting out of sight.

Nine days after the election, For Britain lodged a formal complaint with the Met Police for the way that the operation was handled. They deliberately:

failed to keep the peace or prevent crime,

failed to protect people’s rights to free speech and assembly or even personal safety;

And most importantly failed to prevent the democratic process being disrupted by violence

We have also lodged Freedom of Information Act requests to see the officers’ notebooks.

I am happy to report that Paul Ellis, For Britain’s legal officer, has had a meeting with the investigating officer and has been told that the police will accept that they failed to handle the situation appropriately and have let us down. The indication is that they will principally blame the senior officer on the scene. For Britain will wait to see the final report before reaching any conclusions, but has asked that the police investigation address in detail what briefings the officer at the scene was given by senior officers prior to the hustings taking place.

For Britain is proud to note that in over three hours of video coverage reviewed in preparation for the complaint, and despite great provocation, every For Britain member shown was seen to be acting in a conspicuously peaceful and well behaved way. The party would like to commend all its members who were there and bore the insults and assaults so stoically. Their discipline and patience has helped our complaint immeasurably. 

Later we were also able to identify one of the thugs, Labour Lewisham youth officer William ‘WTF’ Miles. We were able to provide his details to the police with a video of him repeatedly shouting into the faces and smashing his fist into his palm next to the faces of people trying to get into the hustings. The police have now paid him a visit as a result of which he has now been issued with a fixed penalty for threatening behaviour. The Labour candidate was asked for comment, as was the Labour Party itself, but neither replied or acknowledged the request.

For Britain campaigns for one law for all and will use the law to the utmost to resist the enemies of democracy.   As part of his we have made a submission to the government consultation on amending the law to prevent intimidation of voters at election time.  The parliamentary Committee on Standards in Public Life, in its report ‘Intimidation in Public Life: A Review’ suggested a new criminal offence of intimidating candidates and campaigners during an election campaign. Cynically the government has not consulted on this specifically but upon a new offence of disqualifying candidates whose supporters act in an intimidating way. This will do nothing to protect lawful democratic parties from intimidation by activists and is itself an infringement of the principle that the decision who to elect is for the voters, not state institutions.  We have urged that the Committee’s recommendation be taken forward and the candidate disqualification proposal dropped.

We knew that the press would lie about us and call us far right and so they have. To this end we have had to expel some actual far right members, as they will have read the dishonest narrative and perhaps assumed we would welcome them. We do not. The Belfast-based Sunday Life went far beyond any recognised form of journalism, by portraying us as a paramilitary group, trying to recruit a ‘Hitler-worshipping’ gangster (‘Nazi Mark’) to set up a ‘cell’ in Northern Ireland. For Britain has made a complaint concerning this article to the Independent Press Standards Organisation. We have also complained about being described by the Northern Echo, as ‘a far-right national socialist party’. We are demonstrating by our actions that we will not accept being libelled. We will not merely tell the truth, we shall insist on the press telling the truth, too. We will take all these cases as far as possible until all organisations realise they cannot smear us without concern for recourse.

Meanwhile a For Britain member has been suspended from work for reasons that we believe are connected to her membership of the party. She has not been given any reason by her employer, other than that her suspension relates to items posted on her Facebook account.  For Britain is supporting her and will support any member whom we believe is being victimised by their employer for supporting the party, as this is clearly illegal.

Finally, For Britain flags were prominent outside the Old Bailey on 27th September and 23rd October in support of Tommy Robinson. Tommy was facing a rehearing of the contempt of court  proceedings for which he was illegally sentenced to thirteen months in May. For Britain welcomes Nicholas Hilliard’s decision to refer the matter to the Attorney General – although we question why it was ever thought that a ten week illegal sentence, mostly spent in solitary confinement and on a base subsistence diet, could ever have been thought not to have been sufficient punishment for any offence he may conceivably have committed. There is a further statement from the party chairman on the events of the day in the blog section of the website. Nobody in Britain should be comfortable that a journalist can be taken off the streets and incarcerated without a guilty plea in a matter of hours. This isn’t a Britain we recognise. With the exception of Breitbart, Rebel UK & AltNewsMedia, all UK newspapers and TV channels loathe Tommy Robinson and his supporters in the way they dislike our party. They all think telling lies about us is perfectly respectable, and this is why no MSM source has covered Sky News' barefaced lies about what Tommy said when they interviewed him: it's a unified front. Rest assured, For Britain have picked up the baton to fight back against this and we will not rest until we are treated fairly.

 

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