AFTER a lengthy absence from her council duties, BNP councillor Emma Colgate has informed the press that she is quitting the British National Party (BNP) as part of the continuing rebellion against the leadership of Nick Griffin.
With several months of mail from constituents lying unopened at the council offices, her voicemail full and e-mails bouncing back, many at wondered why the councillor had disappeared without a trace.
It was also noted by many residents and war veterans that she apparently failed to turn up to the Tilbury remembrance service to honour those who gave their lives for Britain.
But for the first time since June 30th, Colgate turned up to a meeting thereby staving off disqualification as a councillor and a loss of thousands of pounds.
In her statement she said:
“It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you that I have resigned my party whip with immediate effect and will be an independent councillor.
“I have been unhappy with the leadership of the BNP for some time and I feel the direction the current leadership are taking is not in the interest of the public.
“I still stand true to the core values of the BNP and believe it has many good members and supporters but I feel I am no longer able to represent an organisation that is falling apart due to mismanagement.
“If the current leadership changed hands I would be more than happy to return.
“I do not feel it is correct to resign my position completely as I only have five months of my term remaining and to force a by-election would be an unnecessary financial burden. I will continue to represent the same values and policies that I was elected under”.
No announcement was made to the council.