This weekend The Chesterfield Hotel in Mayfair played host to a conference organised by the far-right Traditional Britain Group.
The star speakers at the event were failed UKIP leadership candidate Anne Marie Waters, now of the newly formed For Britain party and Martin Sellner, the Austrian leader of the identitarian movement, Generation Identity (GI).
The sellout conference, attended by 134 people, saw a mixture of the more traditional and older far-right activists like Stead Steadman of the London Forum and former BNP activist Mark Collett alongside a much younger audience than is usual for the TBG.
Martin Sellner arrived in the UK on Friday evening accompanied by his girlfriend, the American far-right content creator Brittany Pettibone.
While here he plans to turn up at the HOPE not hate (Hnh) offices with several GI UK activists who have made a banner for the stunt. He said, “I am planning to visit their headquarters in London during my stay and look how they react if you confront them in private.”
Sellner has regularly complained about Hnh ever since we did so much this summer to hamper his anti-immigrant mission Defend Europe and then also contributed to getting his previous UK speaking event at the UKIP youth conference shut down.
Dr Joe Mulhall is Senior Researcher at HOPE not hate. Formerly he was a visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London where he also completed his PhD on the postwar far right. He has published extensively on the international far right and discussed his research on the BBC, CNN and Channel 4 news among others. If you have a tip, get in touch at [email protected]Twitter