BNP in Hapton council land filming row

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

A British National Party political film shot on a council-owned recreation ground which featured leader Nick Griffin has come under attack.

Mr Griffin can be seen alongside Burnley borough and county councillor Sharon Wilkinson in the 25-minute film which features on the party’s website.

A section of it is shot on Hapton Recreation Ground, apparently contravening the local parish council’s strict non-political rules.

Hapton Parish Council chair, Christine Pucket-Goulden, said: “It is private land and belongs to the parish council.

“We cannot have any party political things filmed on there.

“It was filmed on our land without our knowledge.

“We are a non-political council and in the code of conduct all of our councillors must be non-political.

“I must stress that we would have been concerned about this whichever party had done the filming.

“We pride ourselves on our independence and the use of the recreation ground for these purposes contravenes this.”

The matter came to the council’s attention after a villager wrote to Mrs Pucket-Goulden asking who had granted permission for the filming.

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It has emerged that fellow councillor Derek Dawson filmed the footage of Coun Wilkinson and Mr Griffin visiting places in Hapton where council action had been taken.

The council has requested an explanation from Coun Wilkinson on who, if anybody, gave permission for the film before any further action is taken.

Coun Wilkinson was unavailable for comment yesterday.

She is the Leader of the BNP on the council and sits on the leadership and community committee and the audit committee.

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11:04am Sat 19 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

Crime of the century.
Crime of the century. happycyclist
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11:36am Sat 19 Nov 11

beam-me-up says...

We are a non-political council and in the code of conduct all of our councillors must be non-political.

SAY'S IT ALL
We are a non-political council and in the code of conduct all of our councillors must be non-political. SAY'S IT ALL beam-me-up
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11:45am Sat 19 Nov 11

akon says...

I understand this petty vindictiveness has come via a sitting 'Hapton with Park' LABOUR councillor who actually used to regularly attend BNP meetings & passed on useful information about labour party tactics & agendas to help the BNP candidates in local elections !!
How times have changed ?
I understand this petty vindictiveness has come via a sitting 'Hapton with Park' LABOUR councillor who actually used to regularly attend BNP meetings & passed on useful information about labour party tactics & agendas to help the BNP candidates in local elections !! How times have changed ? akon
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12:03pm Sat 19 Nov 11

James-Bacup says...

Winter is fast approaching old folks can't afford to heat there homes so many will die and all the lancashire telegraph is intrested in is petty rubbish like this!!! Get your priorities right! I'm not political don't vote for any of them bnp lab con or lib because most if not all of them are liars all they give a **** about is lining there own pockets...Wise up Lt and write some worthy news and not dribble like this
Winter is fast approaching old folks can't afford to heat there homes so many will die and all the lancashire telegraph is intrested in is petty rubbish like this!!! Get your priorities right! I'm not political don't vote for any of them bnp lab con or lib because most if not all of them are liars all they give a **** about is lining there own pockets...Wise up Lt and write some worthy news and not dribble like this James-Bacup
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1:22pm Sat 19 Nov 11

jack daniels says...

James-Bacup wrote:
Winter is fast approaching old folks can't afford to heat there homes so many will die and all the lancashire telegraph is intrested in is petty rubbish like this!!! Get your priorities right! I'm not political don't vote for any of them bnp lab con or lib because most if not all of them are liars all they give a **** about is lining there own pockets...Wise up Lt and write some worthy news and not dribble like this
well said.
[quote][p][bold]James-Bacup[/bold] wrote: Winter is fast approaching old folks can't afford to heat there homes so many will die and all the lancashire telegraph is intrested in is petty rubbish like this!!! Get your priorities right! I'm not political don't vote for any of them bnp lab con or lib because most if not all of them are liars all they give a **** about is lining there own pockets...Wise up Lt and write some worthy news and not dribble like this[/p][/quote]well said. jack daniels
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2:34pm Sat 19 Nov 11

nice person says...

jack daniels wrote:
James-Bacup wrote:
Winter is fast approaching old folks can't afford to heat there homes so many will die and all the lancashire telegraph is intrested in is petty rubbish like this!!! Get your priorities right! I'm not political don't vote for any of them bnp lab con or lib because most if not all of them are liars all they give a **** about is lining there own pockets...Wise up Lt and write some worthy news and not dribble like this
well said.
I agree...
[quote][p][bold]jack daniels[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]James-Bacup[/bold] wrote: Winter is fast approaching old folks can't afford to heat there homes so many will die and all the lancashire telegraph is intrested in is petty rubbish like this!!! Get your priorities right! I'm not political don't vote for any of them bnp lab con or lib because most if not all of them are liars all they give a **** about is lining there own pockets...Wise up Lt and write some worthy news and not dribble like this[/p][/quote]well said.[/p][/quote]I agree... nice person
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2:36pm Sat 19 Nov 11

DaveBurnley says...

"Hapton Parish Council chair, Christine Pucket-Goulden, said: “It is private land and belongs to the parish council."



Strange, I rather thought it belonged to the ratepayers.
"Hapton Parish Council chair, Christine Pucket-Goulden, said: “It is private land and belongs to the parish council." Strange, I rather thought it belonged to the ratepayers. DaveBurnley
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2:38pm Sat 19 Nov 11

nice person says...

“I must stress that we would have been concerned about this whichever party had done the filming.
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Sorry,but,i for one do not believe you.
“I must stress that we would have been concerned about this whichever party had done the filming. . Sorry,but,i for one do not believe you. nice person
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5:43pm Sat 19 Nov 11

Hope-not-Hate says...

What’s wrong with everyone the video only shows BNP Cllr Sharon Wilkinson to be a hard working Councillor.
Bet Hapton Parish Council or the people of the parish weren't complaining when she helped get all the money for the recreation ground equipment!

This rubbish reporting will only get more votes for the BNP, where is the real news?
What’s wrong with everyone the video only shows BNP Cllr Sharon Wilkinson to be a hard working Councillor. Bet Hapton Parish Council or the people of the parish weren't complaining when she helped get all the money for the recreation ground equipment! This rubbish reporting will only get more votes for the BNP, where is the real news? Hope-not-Hate
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5:43pm Sat 19 Nov 11

Hope-not-Hate says...

What’s wrong with everyone the video only shows BNP Cllr Sharon Wilkinson to be a hard working Councillor.
Bet Hapton Parish Council or the people of the parish weren't complaining when she helped get all the money for the recreation ground equipment!

This rubbish reporting will only get more votes for the BNP, where is the real news?
What’s wrong with everyone the video only shows BNP Cllr Sharon Wilkinson to be a hard working Councillor. Bet Hapton Parish Council or the people of the parish weren't complaining when she helped get all the money for the recreation ground equipment! This rubbish reporting will only get more votes for the BNP, where is the real news? Hope-not-Hate
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6:46pm Sat 19 Nov 11

Wetwangman says...

Maybe the point that you are not mentioning is that if the BNP were filming anywhere else in the borough, there would be hoards of of criminals of foreign heritage cruising around there, with their, and everyone else's cousins in the back of the Beamer, looking for trouble....just because of the colour of the BNP's political banner ( like this is Bongo Bongo land or something ). It is only a matter of months ago that some chaps, who were allegedly from the EDL, were attacked while trying to play football, on what was described as an 'Asian's only ' football pitch ! I have often wondered since then, did those chaps have EDL as a sponser on the front of their shirts ? Just look back in the archive at all the one way racial attacks, that seem to be reported, on a daily basis.
Maybe the point that you are not mentioning is that if the BNP were filming anywhere else in the borough, there would be hoards of of criminals of foreign heritage cruising around there, with their, and everyone else's cousins in the back of the Beamer, looking for trouble....just because of the colour of the BNP's political banner ( like this is Bongo Bongo land or something ). It is only a matter of months ago that some chaps, who were allegedly from the EDL, were attacked while trying to play football, on what was described as an 'Asian's only ' football pitch ! I have often wondered since then, did those chaps have EDL as a sponser on the front of their shirts ? Just look back in the archive at all the one way racial attacks, that seem to be reported, on a daily basis. Wetwangman
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8:00pm Sat 19 Nov 11

johnley says...

And where as that gone,,, \AS WE FORGIVE THOSE THAT TRESPASS AGAINST US\ gone. 8loody hypocrites
And where as that gone,,, \AS WE FORGIVE THOSE THAT TRESPASS AGAINST US\ gone. 8loody hypocrites johnley
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8:33pm Sat 19 Nov 11

Hope-not-Hate says...

Here is the link you the video if you have not seen it

http://bnptv.org.uk/
2011/11/british-nati
onal-party-working-f
or-you/
Here is the link you the video if you have not seen it http://bnptv.org.uk/ 2011/11/british-nati onal-party-working-f or-you/ Hope-not-Hate
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10:13am Sun 20 Nov 11

nil bye mouth says...

Wetwangman wrote:
Maybe the point that you are not mentioning is that if the BNP were filming anywhere else in the borough, there would be hoards of of criminals of foreign heritage cruising around there, with their, and everyone else's cousins in the back of the Beamer, looking for trouble....just because of the colour of the BNP's political banner ( like this is Bongo Bongo land or something ). It is only a matter of months ago that some chaps, who were allegedly from the EDL, were attacked while trying to play football, on what was described as an 'Asian's only ' football pitch ! I have often wondered since then, did those chaps have EDL as a sponser on the front of their shirts ? Just look back in the archive at all the one way racial attacks, that seem to be reported, on a daily basis.
Absolutley correct there are attacks by asians on white lads on a regular basis but it cant be rascist can it ? racism is a one way street.
[quote][p][bold]Wetwangman[/bold] wrote: Maybe the point that you are not mentioning is that if the BNP were filming anywhere else in the borough, there would be hoards of of criminals of foreign heritage cruising around there, with their, and everyone else's cousins in the back of the Beamer, looking for trouble....just because of the colour of the BNP's political banner ( like this is Bongo Bongo land or something ). It is only a matter of months ago that some chaps, who were allegedly from the EDL, were attacked while trying to play football, on what was described as an 'Asian's only ' football pitch ! I have often wondered since then, did those chaps have EDL as a sponser on the front of their shirts ? Just look back in the archive at all the one way racial attacks, that seem to be reported, on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Absolutley correct there are attacks by asians on white lads on a regular basis but it cant be rascist can it ? racism is a one way street. nil bye mouth
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10:13am Sun 20 Nov 11

nil bye mouth says...

Wetwangman wrote:
Maybe the point that you are not mentioning is that if the BNP were filming anywhere else in the borough, there would be hoards of of criminals of foreign heritage cruising around there, with their, and everyone else's cousins in the back of the Beamer, looking for trouble....just because of the colour of the BNP's political banner ( like this is Bongo Bongo land or something ). It is only a matter of months ago that some chaps, who were allegedly from the EDL, were attacked while trying to play football, on what was described as an 'Asian's only ' football pitch ! I have often wondered since then, did those chaps have EDL as a sponser on the front of their shirts ? Just look back in the archive at all the one way racial attacks, that seem to be reported, on a daily basis.
Absolutley correct there are attacks by asians on white lads on a regular basis but it cant be rascist can it ? racism is a one way street.
[quote][p][bold]Wetwangman[/bold] wrote: Maybe the point that you are not mentioning is that if the BNP were filming anywhere else in the borough, there would be hoards of of criminals of foreign heritage cruising around there, with their, and everyone else's cousins in the back of the Beamer, looking for trouble....just because of the colour of the BNP's political banner ( like this is Bongo Bongo land or something ). It is only a matter of months ago that some chaps, who were allegedly from the EDL, were attacked while trying to play football, on what was described as an 'Asian's only ' football pitch ! I have often wondered since then, did those chaps have EDL as a sponser on the front of their shirts ? Just look back in the archive at all the one way racial attacks, that seem to be reported, on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Absolutley correct there are attacks by asians on white lads on a regular basis but it cant be rascist can it ? racism is a one way street. nil bye mouth
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4:44pm Sun 20 Nov 11

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

I think we should ban politicians from parks just to be on the safe side
I think we should ban politicians from parks just to be on the safe side disgusted tunbridge wells
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4:47pm Sun 20 Nov 11

Maxshard says...

All publicity is good publicity but this is excellent. Thanks to your publication. This has made an excellent top Sunday story for the BNP to show the tremendous work our councillors do.
All publicity is good publicity but this is excellent. Thanks to your publication. This has made an excellent top Sunday story for the BNP to show the tremendous work our councillors do. Maxshard
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9:48am Mon 21 Nov 11

Locked & Loaded says...

Cant see what all the fuss is about, they are a fully registered political party for goodness sake !
Cant see what all the fuss is about, they are a fully registered political party for goodness sake ! Locked & Loaded
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1:06pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Hope-not-Hate says...

I, for one, WANT to know what my councillors are doing to earn their money.

What a spiteful lot they are!!!

That park does NOT belong to those councillors who are making political capital by complaining. It belongs to the PEOPLE (remember them do you?) whom this lady is clearly working hard for.
I, for one, WANT to know what my councillors are doing to earn their money. What a spiteful lot they are!!! That park does NOT belong to those councillors who are making political capital by complaining. It belongs to the PEOPLE (remember them do you?) whom this lady is clearly working hard for. Hope-not-Hate
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12:40am Tue 22 Nov 11

MJC REED says...

How lucky the people of Burnley are to actually have a councillor that does the work that so many other councillors conveniently forget. It would seem that Sharon is a hard working individual both in her constiuancy and for the BNP. As for the people of Hapton parish council that are complaining about a bit of filming in a public park I don't see how it concerns them, and as it happens no parish council (or any other council for that matter) "owns" land they merely administrate on behalf of the parishioners, seems like the woman with the double barreled surname is getting ideas a bit above her station. Good work Sharon and the BNP look forward to my next visit to the area
How lucky the people of Burnley are to actually have a councillor that does the work that so many other councillors conveniently forget. It would seem that Sharon is a hard working individual both in her constiuancy and for the BNP. As for the people of Hapton parish council that are complaining about a bit of filming in a public park I don't see how it concerns them, and as it happens no parish council (or any other council for that matter) "owns" land they merely administrate on behalf of the parishioners, seems like the woman with the double barreled surname is getting ideas a bit above her station. Good work Sharon and the BNP look forward to my next visit to the area MJC REED
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9:24am Tue 22 Nov 11

midas says...

Wetwangman wrote:
Maybe the point that you are not mentioning is that if the BNP were filming anywhere else in the borough, there would be hoards of of criminals of foreign heritage cruising around there, with their, and everyone else's cousins in the back of the Beamer, looking for trouble....just because of the colour of the BNP's political banner ( like this is Bongo Bongo land or something ). It is only a matter of months ago that some chaps, who were allegedly from the EDL, were attacked while trying to play football, on what was described as an 'Asian's only ' football pitch ! I have often wondered since then, did those chaps have EDL as a sponser on the front of their shirts ? Just look back in the archive at all the one way racial attacks, that seem to be reported, on a daily basis.
It was the EDL tattoos on their arms that gave them away!
[quote][p][bold]Wetwangman[/bold] wrote: Maybe the point that you are not mentioning is that if the BNP were filming anywhere else in the borough, there would be hoards of of criminals of foreign heritage cruising around there, with their, and everyone else's cousins in the back of the Beamer, looking for trouble....just because of the colour of the BNP's political banner ( like this is Bongo Bongo land or something ). It is only a matter of months ago that some chaps, who were allegedly from the EDL, were attacked while trying to play football, on what was described as an 'Asian's only ' football pitch ! I have often wondered since then, did those chaps have EDL as a sponser on the front of their shirts ? Just look back in the archive at all the one way racial attacks, that seem to be reported, on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]It was the EDL tattoos on their arms that gave them away! midas
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