Gary Raikes


Gary Raikes (born 10 August 1958 in Bristol)[1] is the leader of the New British Union (NBU),[2] a fascist revival of Sir Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists. [3] He was previously the leader in Scotland of the British National Party (BNP) and then Britain First.[4]

Gairy Raikes
Leader of the New British Union
Preceded byParty founded
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British National Party (formerly)
Britain First (formerly)

In the 2007 Scottish elections, Raikes was a BNP candidate in the North East Scotland region.[1]

Raikes was the BNP's prospective candidate for East Renfrewshire for the 2010 general election. When the BNP decided not to contest the seat,[5] he stood in Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine instead, receiving 513 votes (1.1%).[6]

Raikes' NBU was formed in 2013. He has stated on YouTube that the NBU does not intend to seek power through the ballot box, but would adapt to the conditions around it and maintain its fascist purity. Its constitution says that the NBU aims to be a registered political party[7] but, by 2018, it had not registered with the Electoral Commission.

The party expounds a number of fascist policies and supports fascist groups such as Golden Dawn in Greece. It took part in a rally outside the Greek Embassy in London in support of Golden Dawn. It has few members, and has been accused of appointing to regional officer posts people who were not members or supporters. Raikes has been photographed dressed in full fascist uniform and members are encouraged to dress in Blackshirt style uniforms.[8]

Elections contested


Scottish Parliament election

Date of electionConstituencyPartyVotes %
2007North East ScotlandBNP2,7641.1[1]

UK general elections

Date of electionConstituencyPartyVotes %
2010Aberdeenshire West & KincardineBNP5131.1[6]

References


  1. "UKPollingReport Election Guide 2010 » Scotland European Elections".
  2. "HOME". newbritishunion.co.uk.
  3. "Neo-Nazi group target Elgin as they look to create UK's first fascist town dubbed 'Citadel 1'". Daily Record. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
    - Bassey, Amardeep (14 July 2014). "Sinister and dangerous: Trio quit new fascist party after Mercury investigation". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  4. "BNP and UKIP hope for first seats". BBC News. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
    - Bowd, Gavin (2013). Fascist Scotland. Birlinn. ISBN 978-1-7802-7052-4.
  5. Jessica Elgot, "BNP withdraws candidate from Scottish seat", Jewish Chronicle, 19 April 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  6. Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine, BBC News Election 2010
  7. Paul Jackson, "Surveying the contemporary extreme right in Britain: networking and fragmentation" in Jérome Jamin (ed,) L'éxtrême droite en Europe, ISBN 9782802755548, Editions Bruylant, Brussels, 2016
  8. "New British Union", Glasgow Hope not Hate. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
    - Amardeep Bassey, "Sinister and dangerous: Trio quit new fascist party after Mercury investigation", Birmingham Live, 14 July 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
    - Amardeep Bassey, "Right-wing extremists launch bid to revive Fascist party", Birmingham Mail, 7 July 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
    - Billy Briggs, "Blackshirt bedroom fascist plots to infiltrate Scottish local councils", Daily Record, 19 January 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2019.