Manchester UAF statement on BNP moles
Two BNP members joined and were active in Manchester Against
Racism/ United Against Fascism over the past ten months. Their
names are Joseph Finnon and Diane Stoker. Both are students:
Finnon in the Chemistry Department at Manchester University,
Stoker in the Humanities Faculty at the Metropolitan University.
They 'came out' on the BNP website, with a photograph of
themselves alongside BNP leader, Nick Griffin, and BNP youth
organiser, Tony Wentworth.
Those who knew and worked with them have, of course, been
personally shocked by the revelation.
On the same BNP website, Nick Griffin warns his fascist co- thinkers to
be ready for 'hard times ahead'. The BNP did not make the 'big
breakthrough' they hoped for in the June elections. This sense of
crisis, compounded by the recent TV programme exposing the BNP's
thuggery, may be why they have publicised the Finnon-Stoker
adventure. Perhaps their members will think this at least has been
But what did Finnon and Stoker achieve? They boast that they
gained access to secrets on the British Left. In reality, their
activities were counter-productive.
Unite Against Fascism has always been an open organisation - it
publicises its aims and principles openly and proudly, it welcomes
everyone who is concerned to combat fascism in Britain into its
ranks, it discusses and recruits people to its activities openly. Its
officers and meetings are public knowledge. UAF has no secrets to
The same is true of the other bodies Finnon and Stoker joined.
In order to gain credit among anti-fascist activists, Finnon and Stoker
felt it necessary to be very active. They gave out thousands of
anti-BNP leaflets, and worked to get other people to join them in
this activity. Diane Stoker played a leading part in the campaign
to oppose Tony Wentworth's candidature in the Salford University
student union election.
These campaigns were successful - the BNP failed to get a seat in
the European elections, and Wentworth received a famously low
Their work for UAF proved effective - but can hardly count as a
success for the BNP.... Not quite the Master-Plan of the Master-Race!
Now that Finnon and Stocker have outed themselves as BNP members,
UAF in Manchester will work to contain any influence Finnon and Stoker
may seek to obtain, whether in their colleges or their workplaces.
UAF will continue to recruit openly, and to work in a very public
way to expose the BNP as fascists and enemies of liberty.
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