Adam Walker’s British National Party (BNP) suffered another blow last night when Walker’s close friend Pete Molloy, angrily quit the party.
Molloy and Walker had long been a double act in and around Spennymoor in County Durham. Molloy also heads up (or did until last night) the BNP Veterans Group, a small group of former servicemen who still like to dress up in their uniforms for BNP functions.
All sniping and digging aside at Molloy, who has often been the butt of jokes at HOPE not hate, his departure is a huge blow for Walker. Molloy had been a shoulder for Walker to cry on when he was feeling unloved by Nick Griffin, Walker’s predecessor.
It was Molloy who Walker turned to to help persuade Nick Griffin to step down. Given what we know about Molloy, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he wore a regimental tie and beret for the task and even asked Griffin to hand back the Union flag beach towel that BNP leaders are given upon taking up their role.
Molloy has long been the victim of internal whispers and sniping and since Walker fell in so closely with Patrick Harrington and Clive Jefferson as the three who took over the party, Molloy has been feeling out of the loop with his old friend. We wrote in July how some members who wanted Griffin gone, had voiced an opinion that Molloy would be a better leader than Walker after we also revealed that Molloy had his eye on the top job back in May. I suppose given our excellent coverage of the internal schisms in the party, that may have been the kiss of death for poor Pete.
A rift recently opended up between Molloy and party treasurer Jefferson which Jefferson translated as Molloy not being loyal to Walker-well, that’s certainly how Jefferson presented it to Walker.
Molloy says he will resign his position at the end of the year, stating he has been “losing faith and trust in Party Central for some time”. Trust being a key workd in the statement he issued, Molly also laid into Jefferson, writing “the last straw was when the party’s National Treasurer, Clive Jefferson, accused me of not supporting the leadership. A statement he wouldn’t or couldn’t back up and our Acting Chairman, Adam Walker, not stepping in to back me up.”
Molloy would have been one of Walker’s most important allies in the forthcoming conflcit he is due to have with Jefferson. And if Walker is unaware that it is coming, he is even a greater fool than even we thought he was.
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Matthew Collins has been the focus of two BBC documentaries, 'Life Etc' in 2001 and the BBC3 film 'Dead Man Walking' (2004). His autobiography is 'HATE: My Life in the British Far Right' (Biteback) and he is also author of 'Nazi Terrorist: The Story of National Action' (HOPE not hate). He is a regular contributor to news & broadcast media.Twitter