Patricia Richardson (politician)
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Patricia Feldman Richardson is a British politician, most notable as the British National Party’s first Jewish candidate, though she does not practise Judaism. Richardson says the party is not anti-Semitic or racist. She grew up in Stoke Newington; her father came from Romania while her mother was born in London's East End, of Lithuanian descent.
In 2004 local elections, she won a seat on Epping Forest District Council, representing the Loughton Fairmead ward with a narrow majority of 13. Her husband, Thomas Richardson, also a BNP candidate, won the nearby ward of Loughton Broadway.
In the 2008 local elections, she was elected in the Loughton Broadway ward, covering part of the Debden council estate, with a majority of 123 over Labour. Her old Fairmead seat was lost heavily to the Loughton Residents Association.
From 2009, she was the leader of the BNP group on the local council, but in 2012 local elections lost her seats in both the District and Town Councils.
Under her leadership, the BNP has campaigned against Muslim prayer meetings in Loughton, claiming in a leaflet approved by her (the Epping Forest Patriot) that the community hall used will be turned into a mosque. Following allegations of abduction and firebomb attack on his home, the prayer meeting's organiser accused the BNP. He has subsequently been questioned by police on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Richardson said the BNP was not behind the alleged attacks and told The Guardian, "Firebombing is not a British method. A brick through the window is a British method."
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- Christopher Walker "I'm no 'fig leaf' insists BNP's first Jewish candidate", The Times, 11 May 2004
- Leslie Bunder "BNP Jewish win", Something Jewish, 11 June 2004
- BNP "LADIES IN THE FRONTLINE".Voice of Freedom No. 70, 2006
- Leslie Bunder "BNP Jewish win ", Something Jewish, 11 June 2004
Epping Forest District Council: 2004 election: Ward Results archived from the original. (Retrieved 9 November 2013)
- Epping Forest District Council website
- BNP: Voice of Freedom no. 70, p5
- Vikram Dodd "Muslim man claims he was kidnapped at knifepoint over prayer sessions", The Guardian, 27 August 2009, p4
- The Guardian: "How Britain voted" supplement, 8 May 2010