BNP Worcester City Council candidate pleads guilty to assault

Ashley Bradley, the BNPs Gorse Hill candidate

Ashley Bradley, the BNPs Gorse Hill candidate

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards Exclusive by , Political Reporter

A CANDIDATE for the British National Party in today's elections has appeared in court this week for assault, it has emerged.

Your Worcester News can reveal how Ashley Bradley, who is trying to get elected to Worcester City Council, pleaded guilty to assault by beating on Tuesday following an incident outside McDonald's at The Cross.

The 42-year-old's appearance before magistrates will be another embarrassment to the far-right party, which is standing a record eight candidates in Worcester today.

Mr Bradley, of Chedworth Drive, got into an incident with a man outside McDonald's back on Friday, November 22 last year.

The victim told police he got punched in the back of the head during the altercation, leading to charges being pressed.

After his guilty plea, magistrates decided to give him a conditional discharge for 12 months and order him to pay £85 court costs as well as a £15 victim surcharge.

Mr Bradley is standing in the Gorse Hill ward for the BNP today after being put forward by the Worcester branch.

The city's BNP organiser Carl Mason and Mr Bradley were not available for comment yesterday but its national HQ sought to defend him.

Spokesman Simon Darby said: "I'd much rather have a candidate that was charged with assault by beating and got a conditional discharge than be part of a party which went to war in Iraq, leading to the deaths of millions of innocent women and children.

"I don't know the circumstances around this so I can't comment on it, but you can be done for almost anything these days."

Labour Councillor Geoff Williams, deputy leader of the city council, said: "I will leave it to the people of Gorse Hill to decide whether the BNP candidate is someone they wish to represent them."

As well as Cllr Williams, the other candidates standing in Gorse Hill are Conservative Simon Harrison, UKIP's John Francis and Justin Kirby for the Green Party.

Under election rules, people are barred from standing to become a councillor if they have been sentenced to three months in prison, including a suspended sentence, in the five years prior to the count.

The court's decision means Mr Bradley is free to try and get elected today.

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9:21am Thu 22 May 14

pudniw_gib says...

BNP.... the thinking man's UKIP...
BNP.... the thinking man's UKIP... pudniw_gib
  • Score: 5

9:42am Thu 22 May 14

jb says...

Spokesman Simon Darby said: "I'd much rather have a candidate that was charged with assault by beating and got a conditional discharge than be part of a party which went to war in Iraq, leading to the deaths of millions of innocent women and children.

"I don't know the circumstances around this so I can't comment on it, but you can be done for almost anything these days."

Many brave young men and women died and were injured in the service of their country in Iraq, blame the politicians but show respect for our forces.
Spokesman Simon Darby said: "I'd much rather have a candidate that was charged with assault by beating and got a conditional discharge than be part of a party which went to war in Iraq, leading to the deaths of millions of innocent women and children. "I don't know the circumstances around this so I can't comment on it, but you can be done for almost anything these days." Many brave young men and women died and were injured in the service of their country in Iraq, blame the politicians but show respect for our forces. jb
  • Score: 6

9:44am Thu 22 May 14

SazB says...

How kind of them to give him a conditional discharge, so he's now free to stand!!
How kind of them to give him a conditional discharge, so he's now free to stand!! SazB
  • Score: 0

10:26am Thu 22 May 14

willing says...

pudniw_gib wrote:
BNP.... the thinking man's UKIP...
The mumblings of the fool are often entertaining, but seldom enlightening, and 'pudniw_gib's facile and meaningless comment continues the tradition admirably!
[quote][p][bold]pudniw_gib[/bold] wrote: BNP.... the thinking man's UKIP...[/p][/quote]The mumblings of the fool are often entertaining, but seldom enlightening, and 'pudniw_gib's facile and meaningless comment continues the tradition admirably! willing
  • Score: 2

10:56am Thu 22 May 14

CJH says...

Sadly it may not actually stop BNP supporters from voting for him. They probably see it as a badge of courage.
Sadly it may not actually stop BNP supporters from voting for him. They probably see it as a badge of courage. CJH
  • Score: 10

11:22am Thu 22 May 14

jabroner says...

No doubt the "WR4 KREW" will be voting for him..
No doubt the "WR4 KREW" will be voting for him.. jabroner
  • Score: 8

2:53pm Thu 22 May 14

rarecockneyguvnor says...

What do you expect from the BNP, the party that lets a man ( Adam Walker ) convicted of physical assault on children and banned from teaching for life over the incident stand for election for them.

Hypocrisy is their norm.
What do you expect from the BNP, the party that lets a man ( Adam Walker ) convicted of physical assault on children and banned from teaching for life over the incident stand for election for them. Hypocrisy is their norm. rarecockneyguvnor
  • Score: 7

5:30pm Fri 23 May 14

Dukey123 says...

What a thoroughly unpleasant man. 31 votes says it all.
What a thoroughly unpleasant man. 31 votes says it all. Dukey123
  • Score: 2

3:43pm Mon 26 May 14

3thinker says...

Dukey123 wrote:
What a thoroughly unpleasant man. 31 votes says it all.
31 too many!
[quote][p][bold]Dukey123[/bold] wrote: What a thoroughly unpleasant man. 31 votes says it all.[/p][/quote]31 too many! 3thinker
  • Score: 4

4:08pm Tue 27 May 14

Maggie Would says...

willing wrote:
pudniw_gib wrote:
BNP.... the thinking man's UKIP...
The mumblings of the fool are often entertaining, but seldom enlightening, and 'pudniw_gib's facile and meaningless comment continues the tradition admirably!
I thought it was quite funny, actually.
[quote][p][bold]willing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pudniw_gib[/bold] wrote: BNP.... the thinking man's UKIP...[/p][/quote]The mumblings of the fool are often entertaining, but seldom enlightening, and 'pudniw_gib's facile and meaningless comment continues the tradition admirably![/p][/quote]I thought it was quite funny, actually. Maggie Would
  • Score: -1

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