Liberty GB

Liberty Great Britain or Liberty GB was a far-right[4] British nationalist political party that described itself as counter-jihad.[5] It was registered with the Electoral Commission by Paul Weston and George Whale on 5 March 2013.[6] Its three candidates in the 2014 European Parliament election in the South East England constituency received 2,414 votes (0.11%).[7] Paul Weston dissolved the party in November 2017, choosing instead to back Anne Marie Waters' new party, For Britain.[8]

Weston is a former member of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), and was that party's candidate in Cities of London and Westminster at the 2010 general election.[9] He left UKIP over what he described as its failure to address issues related to Islam in Britain, and took over the British Freedom Party (BFP) from Peter Mullins. That party formed an alliance with the far-right English Defence League. Weston left the BFP in 2013. He has predicted that within 20 years there will be a war in Britain between the white working class and immigrants. He is married to a Romanian, and claims to have been a deep sea diver, a pilot in Africa and a property developer in the Czech Republic.[10]

Liberty GB was anti-immigration, anti-fundamentalist Islam and traditionalist.[11] The group's Facebook page described it as "patriotic counter-jihad party for Christian civilisation, Western rights and freedoms, British culture, animal welfare and capitalism".

Liberty Great Britain
ChairmanPaul Weston
FoundedMarch 2013
DissolvedNovember 2017[1]
Merged intoFor Britain
HeadquartersRegent Street
London
IdeologyHard Euroscepticism
Right-wing populism
Nationalism[2]
Social conservatism
Political positionFar-right[3]
Website
libertygb.org.uk

2014 European election

Liberty GB stood three candidates in the 2014 European Parliament election in the South East England constituency: Weston, Enza Ferreri (Liberty GB's media officer) and Jack Buckby (Liberty GB's outreach officer).[12] Buckby founded the "National Culturists" while at university in Liverpool in 2012.[13] It received 2,414 votes (0.11%), placing it 14th of the 15 parties contesting the election.[7]

Paul Weston arrest

On 26 April 2014, Weston was arrested while addressing passers-by outside Winchester Guildhall. A member of the public complained to police and he was detained after failing to move on under a dispersal order. He was further arrested on suspicion of religious or racial harassment.[10][14] Weston's speech quoted from Winston Churchill's 1899 book The River War, about Churchill's experiences as a British army officer in Sudan; the passage quoted was critical of Islam. Weston is a former UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate who left that party over what he described as its failure to address issues related to Islam in Britain, and then joined the British Freedom Party.[15]

Liberty GB radio host trial

Tim Burton, a radio presenter who was a member of Liberty GB, was acquitted of charges of racially aggravated harassment on 4 May 2014 at Birmingham magistrates' court. He had tweeted comments about Fiyaz Mughal OBE, a Muslim campaigner of Tell MAMA UK.[16]

2016 Batley and Spen by-election

Following the killing of the incumbent Labour MP Jo Cox, Liberty GB contested the Batley and Spen by-election (the Conservative Party, Liberal Democrats and UKIP declined to contest it). The party's candidate was Jack Buckby, who was a member of the youth division of the British National Party (BNP) under Nick Griffin before leaving the party. He says he left because he believed that the BNP was too racist.[17] Buckby polled just over 1% of the vote; he lost his deposit, as did all the candidates except the winner, the Labour candidate Tracy Brabin.

Electoral performance

General election, 7 May 2015

The party contested three constituencies, obtaining a total of 418 votes.

Constituency Candidate Votes %
Birmingham Ladywood Timothy Burton 216 0.6[18]
Lewisham West and Penge George Whale 44 0.1[19]
Luton South Paul Weston 158 0.4[20]

2016 Batley and Spen by-election

Constituency Candidate Votes %
Batley and Spen Jack Buckby 220 1.1[21]

See also

References

  1. ^ https://libertygb.org.uk/news/closure-liberty-gb
  2. ^ "Batley Liberty GB candidate calls on UKIP for joint candidacy", Liberty GB website,18 September 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2017. ("Liberty GB, the conservative, nationalist party....")
  3. ^ "Liberty GB – An Insight into the ‘Group’", TellMAMA, 14 January 2014
    - Jamie Micklethwaite, "Sydenham and Forest Hill hustings cancelled after candidates allegedly refuse to appear at event with Liberty GB member George Whale", News Shopper, 27 April 2015
    - Lizzie Dearden, "Former Ukip candidate and Pegida UK leader says 'Muslims should not hold political power' and claims Syrian refugees do not exist", The Independent, 5 February 2016
    - Jess Commons, "Why You Need To Watch The Documentary Exploring If Britain Actually Is Racist", The Debrief 5 October 2015
    - Mike Lockley, "Radio host cleared over 'scumbag' tweet jibe to Musilm campaigner ", Birmingham Mail, 4 May 2014
  4. ^ Siobhan Fenton, "Jo Cox: Former BNP politician Jack Buckby to contest by-election for murdered MP's Batley and Spen seat", The Independent, retrieved 19 June 2016
  5. ^ Lee, Benjamin (4 September 2015). "A Day in the "Swamp": Understanding Discourse in the Online Counter-Jihad Nebula". Democracy and Security. 11 (3): 248–274. doi:10.1080/17419166.2015.1067612. Open source version
  6. ^ Electoral Commission searchable registration database
  7. ^ a b "Vote 2014 - South East", BBC News, 26 May 2014
  8. ^ "An Important Announcement from Paul Weston Concerning the Future of Liberty GB - Liberty GB". libertygb.org.uk.
  9. ^ Kevin Rawlinson (25 November 2011). "English Defence League prepares to storm local elections". The Independent. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  10. ^ a b Martin Evans, "Election candidate arrested over Churchill speech", The Telegraph, 28 April 2014
  11. ^ Sonia Gable, "Liberty it isn’t" Archived 3 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine Searchlight, 12 March 2013
  12. ^ South East Euro Candidates 2014, UK Polling Report
  13. ^ Matthew Francey, Jack Buckby is proud to be Britain's next Nick Griffin", Vice, 20 February 2013
  14. ^ "Euro candidate Paul Weston arrested over Islam remarks", BBC News, 28 April 2014
  15. ^ Evan, Martin (28 April 2014). "Election candidate arrested over Churchill speech".
  16. ^ Mike Lockley, "Radio host cleared over 'scumbag' tweet jibe to Muslim campaigner", Birmingham Mail, 4 May 2014
  17. ^ Cowburn, Ashley (20 June 2016). "Jo Cox: Liberty GB Move to Contest Labour MP's Former Seat Branded 'Obscene' and 'Contemptible'". www.independent.co.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  18. ^ ELECTION 2015 Birmingham Ladywood, BBC News. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  19. ^ ELECTION 2015 Lewisham West & Penge, BBC News. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  20. ^ ELECTION 2015 Luton South, BBC News. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  21. ^ Samantha Gildea, "Batley and Spen by-election: Labour's Tracy Brabin elected as new MP" Archived 21 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Huddersfield Examiner, 21 October 2016

External links

2016 Batley and Spen by-election

The Batley and Spen by-election was a UK parliamentary by-election held on 20 October 2016 in the constituency of Batley and Spen. The by-election was triggered by the killing of incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) Jo Cox on 16 June 2016. Labour candidate Tracy Brabin won with 85.8% of the vote. Four parties with parliamentary representation did not enter candidates, out of respect for Cox. Nine candidates, the majority of whom were from minor far-right parties, contested against Labour, and none reached the 5% threshold to keep their deposit.

The by-election was scheduled to coincide with the Witney by-election. They were the fifth and sixth by-elections of the 56th UK Parliament.

2017 UK Independence Party leadership election

The 2017 UK Independence Party leadership election was called after the resignation of Paul Nuttall as leader of the UK Independence Party on 9 June 2017, following the poor performance of the party in the 2017 general election. Former party chairman Steve Crowther was chosen three days later to serve as interim leader.On 11 August, the party confirmed that eleven candidates had been cleared to stand for the leadership. Subsequently, the number on the ballot fell to seven as four withdrew to support other candidates.The election was won by Henry Bolton with 30.0% of the vote.

Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters (born 24 August 1977) is a far-right politician in the United Kingdom. She is the founder and leader of the anti-Islam party For Britain. She is also the director of Sharia Watch UK, an organisation launched in April 2014. In January 2016, Waters launched Pegida UK in conjunction with activist Tommy Robinson and far-right politician Paul Weston.Having unsuccessfully attempted to become a Labour Party parliamentary candidate, Waters joined the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and stood in its 2017 leadership election. She came second, with Henry Bolton winning. She subsequently left UKIP to form her own party, "For Britain", in October 2017.

Batley and Spen (UK Parliament constituency)

Batley and Spen is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2016 by Tracy Brabin, a member of the Labour and Co-operative Party.

Birmingham Ladywood (UK Parliament constituency)

Birmingham, Ladywood is a constituency of part of the city of Birmingham, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Shabana Mahmood of the Labour Party.

British Freedom Party

The British Freedom Party (BFP) was a short-lived far-right political party in the United Kingdom. The party was registered on 18 October 2010. It was de-registered by the Electoral Commission in December 2012 after failing to return the annual registration form and £25 fee by the due date of 31 October 2012.

Football Lads Alliance

The Football Lads Alliance (FLA) is a movement in the United Kingdom founded by John Meighan in 2017. According to The Times, "the movement was set up as a self-proclaimed 'anti-extremist' movement" but has increasingly become associated with far-right politics and far-right activists.The Premier League has warned clubs that "the group is using fans and stadiums to push an anti-Muslim agenda". Concern has also been expressed that the Alliance is "giving cover to the far right" and "uses a secret Facebook page full of violent, racist and misogynistic posts".

For Britain Movement

The For Britain Movement is a minor far-right political party in the United Kingdom, founded by the anti-Islam activist Anne Marie Waters after she was defeated in the 2017 UK Independence Party leadership election.

Gavin Shuker

Gavin Shuker (born 10 October 1981) is a British Independent politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Luton South since 2010. Shuker successfully defended the seat after his predecessor Margaret Moran stood down following controversy over her expenses.Shuker was appointed as a Shadow International Development Minister in 2013. He left the Opposition Frontbench in September 2015, with the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Party Leader. He cited "political differences" with Jeremy Corbyn. In 2018, he lost a motion of no confidence by his constituency party. Shuker resigned from the Labour Party on 18 February 2019 with six other MPs, and they formed Change UK. In June 2019, he left Change UK to sit as an independent MP.

Jack Buckby

Jack Buckby (born 10 February 1993) is a British politician, author, political activist and researcher. He is a newscaster for Poland Daily, an English-speaking news channel on the Telewizja Republika television network. He joined Anne Marie Waters's 2017 UKIP leadership election campaign team and served as campaign manager. Buckby frequently publishes content that is critical of Islam, multiculturalism and the European Union.During his time in the BNP, Buckby was widely viewed as a potential successor to BNP leader Nick Griffin, and has been described in media as a "rising star" of the right and the "boy wonder of the British far-right". Buckby left the BNP in 2013, claiming the party was racist. He joined Liberty GB as a press officer, where he stood for election in the 2014 European elections and as a parliamentary candidate in 2016 Batley and Spen by-election. In October 2017, it was reported that he'd joined new political party For Britain.Buckby was the founder of the youth group National Culturists. He was formerly a researcher, columnist and contributor for The Rebel Media. He has been published in Taki's Magazine and The Spectator. In May 2017, he released his first book A Paradoxical Alliance with American co-author Matt Palumbo. In April 2019, he released his second book Architects of Betrayal.

Lewisham West and Penge (UK Parliament constituency)

Lewisham West and Penge is a constituency in Greater London created in 2010 and represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2017 by Ellie Reeves of the Labour Party.

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Luton South (UK Parliament constituency)

Luton South is a constituency in Bedfordshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Gavin Shuker. Shuker was a member of the Labour Party and the Co-operative Party until 19 February 2019, when he resigned his membership to sit as part of Change UK - The Independent Group. Shuker left the party in June 2019 and now sits as an independent.

Paul Weston (politician)

Paul Martin Laurence Weston (born 1965) is a British far-right politician and a member of the Pegida UK leadership team. An activist and blogger, Weston joined the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in 2010 and stood as a Parliamentary candidate for Cities of London and Westminster. In 2011, Weston left UKIP and joined the now-defunct British Freedom Party with members of the English Defence League (EDL) and former members of the British National Party (BNP). He was the chairman of Liberty GB before the party was dissolved in December 2017, recommending its members to join For Britain.For Liberty GB, he was a candidate for South East England in the 2014 European election and for Luton South in the 2015 general election. He obtained 158 votes (0.4%).He married a Romanian after meeting her in Romania. He was the President of the English branch of the International Free Press Society founded in 2009.

Pegida UK

Pegida UK is an anti-Islam organisation in the United Kingdom that was established by Tommy Robinson. It is named after the German group Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, in German Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes (Pegida)).Following one attempted 'Pegida UK' march in London in the summer of 2015 by ex-English Defence League (EDL) members, a second launch of the group was conducted on 4 January 2016 in a pub in Toddington, Bedfordshire by Tommy Robinson. On the day of the launch, he stepped down to the role of "adviser". Paul Weston (the chairman of a specific political group, Liberty GB) was named leader and Anne Marie Waters (chairman of Sharia Watch) was named as a third member of Pegida UK's management team.Robinson said that he hoped Pegida UK would be different from the EDL, that it would attract a more "middle-class" demographic, and would discourage the "loutish behaviour and alcohol-fueled violence" of the EDL. Robinson seeks a halt to Muslim immigration, the closure of sharia courts, a ban on the wearing of the burqa, and a moratorium on mosque construction.Pegida UK's launch event was a march in Birmingham, on 6 February 2016. It drew a crowd of approximately 200, fewer than the Pegida UK attempt of 2015, with a smaller counter-demonstration also taking place.

Sharon Ebanks

Sharon Elizabeth Ebanks (born 1967 or 1968) is a former member of the British National Party and one of the founder members of the New Nationalist Party. In 2006, she was wrongly declared elected to Birmingham City Council.

South East England (European Parliament constituency)

South East England is a constituency of the European Parliament. It currently elects 10 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) using the D'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.

Tell MAMA

Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) is a national project which records and measures anti-Muslim incidents in the United Kingdom. It is modelled on the Jewish Community Security Trust (CST) and like the CST it also provides support for victims, working closely with organisations such as Victim Support. The reception of the group by British Muslims is highly mixed, due to the relationship between Tell MAMA and the Jewish CST group (percieved negatively due to its support of Zionism).

Tell MAMA was launched on 21 February 2012 by Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government and is co-ordinated by the interfaith organisation Faith Matters. Faith Matters was founded by social entrepreneur Fiyaz Mughal OBE, a former adviser to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, on Interfaith and Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism. The organisation's statistics have been the subject of debate, but were referenced by Theresa May when speaking at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on 23 March 2015.The project was set up with government backing, and received start up funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government between 2012 and 2013. In November 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced a further £214,000 annual funding for Tell MAMA up to October 2013. Tell MAMA was funded for an initial period of 2 years and was funded on the basis of being self-sustaining after two years. Tell MAMA covers a range of issues and cases, and also works with mosques across the country.

Tell MAMA has had significant press coverage on its work to monitor anti-Muslim hate after the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris in 2015. It also reported on the rise of school-based anti-Muslim hate incidents that took place after the Paris murders, as well as on continuing anti-Muslim hate incidents on both Facebook and Twitter. Tell MAMA has additionally worked on some high-profile cases involving alleged anti-Muslim discrimination – for example at the Savoy Hotel, where the female worker in question who alleged the anti-Muslim discrimination was represented by Tell MAMA.The BBC programme, 'Inside-Out', highlighted the work of Tell MAMA through a programme entitled, 'Behind the Veil'. It publicised the discovery that there was a 70% rise in Islamophobic hate crimes reported to the Metropolitan Police Service in the year July 2014 - July 2015, when compared to the same period the year before.

The Link (UK organization)

The Link was established in July 1937 as an 'independent non-party organisation to promote Anglo-German friendship'. It generally operated as a cultural organisation, although its journal, the Anglo-German Review, reflected the pro-Nazi views of Barry Domvile, and particularly in London it attracted a number of anti-semites and pro-Nazis. At its height the membership numbered around 4,300.

The Link was opposed to war between Britain and Germany, and because of this attracted the support of some British pacifists. When The Link and the Anglo-German Review were included among a number of peace organisations across the political spectrum in the Peace Service Handbook (a publication put out by the Peace Pledge Union), the Daily Telegraph and The News Chronicle published articles accusing the PPU of supporting Nazism. In response, PPU member Stuart Morris wrote to the papers stating there was no connection between the PPU and The Link, and that the former organisation did not support the German demand for colonies or peace at the expense of smaller nations. The PPU also sent a letter to its group leaders dissociating The Link from the PPU, and ceased publishing the Peace Service Handbook.The organisation was investigated by Maxwell Knight, head of counter-subversion in MI5 and future role model for James Bond's boss M. The organisation closed shortly after the start of World War II in 1939.

Barry Domvile was interned in 1940 as someone who might "endanger the safety of the realm".According to Anthony Masters, the Link was allegedly resurrected in 1940 by Ian Fleming, then working in the Department of Naval Intelligence, in order to successfully lure Rudolf Hess (deputy party leader and third in leadership of Germany, after Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring) to Britain in May 1941.

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