Former BNP councillor Melanie Baddeley was recently re-elected in the Abbey Hulton ward of Stoke-on-Trent as a “City Independent” councillor.
This year, her election leaflet was uncontentious, but this hasn’t always been the case.
This is what Melanie Baddeley wrote in her election leaflet, when she stood for the BNP in the then Abbey Green ward of Stoke-on-Trent in 2008: “Stop the Central Mosque. Stoke-on-Trent City Council are still determined to push on with this appeasement to the Muslim community. Building has started on this project. The BNP declare that on becoming the controlling group on our council we will take back this plot of land and clear it of any buildings as the deal was immoral and unacceptable.”
In 2010, Baddeley stood as a BNP parliamentary candidate in Stoke North constituency, on the basis of the BNP’s election manifesto which called for a ban on Muslim immigration and repatriation of ethnic minorities.
In 2011, the five remaining BNP councillors, including Baddeley, produced a vile racist and Islamophobic leaflet headed “Immigration betrayal!” which attacked immigrants, ethnic minorities and “foreigners”. Muslims and Somalians were specifically singled out for attack in the leaflet, which went on to claim that: “Ethnic minorities … sponge £billions out of our social security – but have never paid into the system!”
Melanie Baddeley has never repudiated or apologised for this literature put out in her name.
In 2015, Baddeley was nominated as Lord Mayor by the City Independents, but after protests by NorSCARF, her nomination was withdrawn. It is unfortunate, to say the least, that this unrepentant racist and Islamophobe still holds public office of any kind in the City of Stoke-on-Trent.