Former BNP activist made Blackburn with Darwen's culture boss

NEW PORTFOLIO: Coun Trevor Maxfield

NEW PORTFOLIO: Coun Trevor Maxfield

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FORMER British National Party activist has been put in charge of culture in a town hall reshuffle.

Eacrfoft councillor Trevor Maxfield used to be a local organiser for the far right party before being elected to Blackburn with Darwen Council three years ago, representing For Darwen.

Following last month’s local elections, he has been promoted to the role of executive member for leisure and culture, putting him in charge of the borough’s leisure centres, parks and cultural festivals.

Coun Maxfield said he no longer shared the views of the far-right party.

He said he accepted questions being asked about his involvement with the BNP, but added: “It was in the past.

"I no longer share the BNP’s views, and you can ask any of the Asian members of the council.

"I get on with them very well.

“I do not consider myself to be far-right. I am white working class, and it’s as simple as that.

"In fact my national politics are left-wing.”

For Darwen currently shares control of the council with the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties.

Labour Sunnyhurst councillor Dave Smith said: “To be fair to Trevor, he’s quite a good bloke.

"I think his BNP stuff is in the past. ”

Tory council leader Mike Lee added: “I was not aware he had been involved with the BNP.

"I had heard murmurings, but when I’ve been with him he’s never said anything that would equate to a BNP comment so I can only take as I find.”

Coun Maxfield warned of spending cuts in his portfolio, which has recorded shortfalls in recent years, but said he had not yet seen a detailed budget breakdown.

His promotion means For Darwen Party leader Tony Melia is no longer on the executive board.

As part of the changes, Lib Dem Marsh House councillor Simon Huggill has been put in charge of housing.

In the past he has been a strong critic of the multimillion pound Housing Market Renewal scheme, which will form a key part of his new portfolio, and campaigned against demolition work to make way for Darwen’s new academy.

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7:10pm Thu 3 Jun 10

Mo Lestor says...

Good old 'Darreners' eh?
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Can't wait to see what activities they have got lined up for the next Bank Holiday.
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Ducking the witch perhaps?
Good old 'Darreners' eh? . Can't wait to see what activities they have got lined up for the next Bank Holiday. . Ducking the witch perhaps? Mo Lestor
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7:27pm Thu 3 Jun 10

ohdear!! says...

So what!!! does it matter what his past political views were. If he does the job asked of him now then leave him be.
Big learning curve for some, others never learn?
So what!!! does it matter what his past political views were. If he does the job asked of him now then leave him be. Big learning curve for some, others never learn? ohdear!!
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8:17pm Thu 3 Jun 10

ste.g says...

ohdear!! wrote:
So what!!! does it matter what his past political views were. If he does the job asked of him now then leave him be.
Big learning curve for some, others never learn?
so what?suddenly the far right activist that was is now left wing?well he is either only into politics for selfish reasons,or he isnt to be trusted if he can suddenly change his views like that.
time will tell...
[quote][p][bold]ohdear!![/bold] wrote: So what!!! does it matter what his past political views were. If he does the job asked of him now then leave him be. Big learning curve for some, others never learn?[/p][/quote]so what?suddenly the far right activist that was is now left wing?well he is either only into politics for selfish reasons,or he isnt to be trusted if he can suddenly change his views like that. time will tell... ste.g
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8:32pm Thu 3 Jun 10

ohdear!! says...

ste.g wrote:
ohdear!! wrote: So what!!! does it matter what his past political views were. If he does the job asked of him now then leave him be. Big learning curve for some, others never learn?
so what?suddenly the far right activist that was is now left wing?well he is either only into politics for selfish reasons,or he isnt to be trusted if he can suddenly change his views like that. time will tell...
yes I see your point and like you say time will tell.
But as long as he does his job properly people should give him a chance.
[quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohdear!![/bold] wrote: So what!!! does it matter what his past political views were. If he does the job asked of him now then leave him be. Big learning curve for some, others never learn?[/p][/quote]so what?suddenly the far right activist that was is now left wing?well he is either only into politics for selfish reasons,or he isnt to be trusted if he can suddenly change his views like that. time will tell...[/p][/quote]yes I see your point and like you say time will tell. But as long as he does his job properly people should give him a chance. ohdear!!
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11:55pm Thu 3 Jun 10

SG says...

'Former' is the key word. Judge not the past, and let this guy run the rule.

Let people do what they can in the present before rejecting them for that they were.
'Former' is the key word. Judge not the past, and let this guy run the rule. Let people do what they can in the present before rejecting them for that they were. SG
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9:54am Fri 4 Jun 10

burner says...

ohdear!! wrote:
So what!!! does it matter what his past political views were. If he does the job asked of him now then leave him be. Big learning curve for some, others never learn?
Dear BwD council,
I should like to apply for the position of Deputy Executive Member for Leisure and Culture in Blackburn with Darwen. I have a wide experience of dealing with problematic situations. Yours Sincerely,
Robert Mugabwe
[quote][p][bold]ohdear!![/bold] wrote: So what!!! does it matter what his past political views were. If he does the job asked of him now then leave him be. Big learning curve for some, others never learn?[/p][/quote]Dear BwD council, I should like to apply for the position of Deputy Executive Member for Leisure and Culture in Blackburn with Darwen. I have a wide experience of dealing with problematic situations. Yours Sincerely, Robert Mugabwe burner
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10:01am Fri 4 Jun 10

halcyondaze says...

who cares? lets concentrate on the real issue and look how much better Preston, Bolton, or even Burnley run their leisure centres, parks and cultural festivals. Good luck Trevor - Entertain Us!!
who cares? lets concentrate on the real issue and look how much better Preston, Bolton, or even Burnley run their leisure centres, parks and cultural festivals. Good luck Trevor - Entertain Us!! halcyondaze
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10:47am Fri 4 Jun 10

wackyracer says...

People change political leanings all the time, some people must have voted for the CONDEMS who voted for Liebour in the past or we still would have Brown in. If you don't give people the chance to change, how will they ever?
People change political leanings all the time, some people must have voted for the CONDEMS who voted for Liebour in the past or we still would have Brown in. If you don't give people the chance to change, how will they ever? wackyracer
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11:12am Fri 4 Jun 10

stanhillstan says...

I used to be a blind mad axe weilding transexual psycho with a tendancy to self harm but dont worry thats all in the past now............. leopards dont change there spots
I used to be a blind mad axe weilding transexual psycho with a tendancy to self harm but dont worry thats all in the past now............. leopards dont change there spots stanhillstan
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11:47am Fri 4 Jun 10

ohdear!! says...

stanhillstan wrote:
I used to be a blind mad axe weilding transexual psycho with a tendancy to self harm but dont worry thats all in the past now............. leopards dont change there spots
You are doing very well with your rehabilitation , mind you don't get blood on the keyboard
[quote][p][bold]stanhillstan[/bold] wrote: I used to be a blind mad axe weilding transexual psycho with a tendancy to self harm but dont worry thats all in the past now............. leopards dont change there spots[/p][/quote]You are doing very well with your rehabilitation , mind you don't get blood on the keyboard ohdear!!
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1:00pm Fri 4 Jun 10

Slimplynth says...

burner wrote:
ohdear!! wrote: So what!!! does it matter what his past political views were. If he does the job asked of him now then leave him be. Big learning curve for some, others never learn?
Dear BwD council, I should like to apply for the position of Deputy Executive Member for Leisure and Culture in Blackburn with Darwen. I have a wide experience of dealing with problematic situations. Yours Sincerely, Robert Mugabwe
HAHA not seen you on here for a while bobby, hows life treatin ya.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohdear!![/bold] wrote: So what!!! does it matter what his past political views were. If he does the job asked of him now then leave him be. Big learning curve for some, others never learn?[/p][/quote]Dear BwD council, I should like to apply for the position of Deputy Executive Member for Leisure and Culture in Blackburn with Darwen. I have a wide experience of dealing with problematic situations. Yours Sincerely, Robert Mugabwe[/p][/quote]HAHA not seen you on here for a while bobby, hows life treatin ya. Slimplynth
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1:49pm Fri 4 Jun 10

burner says...

Dear Slim,
Life is hard out here. I have the World Cup down the road to cheer me up, but what I really need is a challenging job with truly gullible bosses - I particularly would like to do more work on farms.
Yours, Bobby ( to you )
Dear Slim, Life is hard out here. I have the World Cup down the road to cheer me up, but what I really need is a challenging job with truly gullible bosses - I particularly would like to do more work on farms. Yours, Bobby ( to you ) burner
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8:19pm Fri 4 Jun 10

grunny says...

Interesting he says he's "white middle class" if he had no issue with colour of peoples skin why did he have to say he was white.

He probably be only in the job for a year anyway as the For Darwen Party are on there knees and on their way out thank goodness.
Interesting he says he's "white middle class" if he had no issue with colour of peoples skin why did he have to say he was white. He probably be only in the job for a year anyway as the For Darwen Party are on there knees and on their way out thank goodness. grunny
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9:13pm Fri 4 Jun 10

working chap says...

So can we look forward to torchlight rallies and such? Or maybe as a 'Darwen First' representative it will involveinbreeding and counting your extra toes?
So can we look forward to torchlight rallies and such? Or maybe as a 'Darwen First' representative it will involveinbreeding and counting your extra toes? working chap
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7:19am Mon 7 Jun 10

happycyclist says...

This is a damning, disgraceful report and amounts to nothing more than a witch-hunt. Trevor Maxfield is not a criminal. He has done nothing illegal and should not have his name splashed all over a newspaper in this way.

The past can be the past and people change all the time -look at the Labour activists who become rank capitalists, former criminals who turn their lives around and get jobs, or the people who change their religion.

Leave Trevor Maxfield alone -he's off his arse and trying to do some good in the community. Having a connection with a perfectly legal political party shouldn't mean a life sentence. He's not some Sinn-Fein terrorist who has murdered people and then been let out of prison early by a **** Labour government, nor is he a one-eyed captain hook preaching hate and death on the streets of Britain.

Pathetic reporting. The two paedophiles recently reported in the LT will be forgotten quicker than this bloke and that is WRONG.
This is a damning, disgraceful report and amounts to nothing more than a witch-hunt. Trevor Maxfield is not a criminal. He has done nothing illegal and should not have his name splashed all over a newspaper in this way. The past can be the past and people change all the time -look at the Labour activists who become rank capitalists, former criminals who turn their lives around and get jobs, or the people who change their religion. Leave Trevor Maxfield alone -he's off his arse and trying to do some good in the community. Having a connection with a perfectly legal political party shouldn't mean a life sentence. He's not some Sinn-Fein terrorist who has murdered people and then been let out of prison early by a **** Labour government, nor is he a one-eyed captain hook preaching hate and death on the streets of Britain. Pathetic reporting. The two paedophiles recently reported in the LT will be forgotten quicker than this bloke and that is WRONG. happycyclist
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10:38pm Thu 10 Jun 10

Political Watch says...

Firstly I am not a member of the BNP, nor did I vote for an ultra right wing party.
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Trevor Maxfield is not now a BNP member, but remember there were nearly 2 million British voters who voted for that party and I understand that we live in a democracy.
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We now hear Labour politicians saying that they disagree with the policies of their (secret communist) leaders,who did not listen to the electorate in relation to immigration. So don't be too critical of someone who had the foresight to appreciate the dangers of Labour policy in giving away our nation.
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So much for Maxfield, but we should congratulate Simon Huggill in taking control of Housing. He will ensure that housing finances are spent on housing not some Labour sycophant's Academy scheme, when housing finance was used for clearance of the area and not used for housing - Graham Burgess that was disgraceful.
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Well done both of you I'm sure you will represent the community.
Firstly I am not a member of the BNP, nor did I vote for an ultra right wing party. . Trevor Maxfield is not now a BNP member, but remember there were nearly 2 million British voters who voted for that party and I understand that we live in a democracy. . We now hear Labour politicians saying that they disagree with the policies of their (secret communist) leaders,who did not listen to the electorate in relation to immigration. So don't be too critical of someone who had the foresight to appreciate the dangers of Labour policy in giving away our nation. . So much for Maxfield, but we should congratulate Simon Huggill in taking control of Housing. He will ensure that housing finances are spent on housing not some Labour sycophant's Academy scheme, when housing finance was used for clearance of the area and not used for housing - Graham Burgess that was disgraceful. . Well done both of you I'm sure you will represent the community. Political Watch
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