|A Statement Relating To Jim Dowson By Shelley Rose|
Saturday, 28 August 2010 20:43
| STARTLING NEW REVELATIONS
Readers will be aware that a Bedfordshire activist called Shelley Rose recently released a Youtube film in which she made allegations against the BNP fundraising consultant Jim Dowson. In brief, Shelley alleges that Jim Dowson made inappropriate advances to her and when rejected responded by allegedly luring her to a hotel where he conducted an interrogation to intimidate her into quitting the party.
Lee Barnes the former BNP legal advisor asked Nick Griffin to conduct an investigation into these allegations and Nick Griffin’s refusal to act was a contributory factor in Lee Barnes’s decision to resign from his role.
What follows is a written version of Shelley Rose’s allegations, which corroborates her video statement but with a little extra detail.
Shelley has given some more background information of an important and significant nature at the end of her statement as her explanation as to why Jim Dowson reacted as he did.
Shelley has also provided a statement sent to her Facebook account from someone else who has come forward and who alleges a similar incident happened to them. This person’s identity has been hidden. This statement is at the end, along with an e-mail sent to Shelley by Dowson after the General Election as an apology.
I used to be Shelley’s Regional Organiser and was also National Organiser during these events. I know that Dowson regarded her highly up until after the Spanish trip (which ended on 17th January). As he felt Shelley had potential I tasked her to arrange the catering as a minor managerial test at the Organisers’ Conference held on 24th January and I told him she passed the test with flying colours. Immediately after this Dowson’s attitude towards her completely changed. I had no idea why. I was at Nick Griffin’s house to go over the new constitution on 31st January. Simon Darby was there and for reasons which will be apparent he was a bit distant and expressed extreme hostility towards Paul Golding.
On 10th February Mark Collett found a bug in his office (actually a tape recorder in a locked desk). The excuse given by Nick Griffin and Jim Dowson was that it was because Shelley Rose was regarded as some sort of Mata Hari figure and they wanted to see if Mark Collett was conspiring with her. I believe they were in fact just routinely bugging Mark and used the Shelley episode as a smokescreen for their police state methods. Needless to say nothing incriminating has ever been produced from the hours of tape recordings they have. I was not told about this for several weeks although it was clear to all staff members that something bad was going on beneath the surface. Incidentally the only person Mark Collett confided in was the Staff Manager Emma Colgate.
This whole disgraceful episode greatly soured internal relations in the build up to the General Election. Nick Griffin also started to bad mouth Shelley to me and as Regional Organiser tried to pressure me into stopping her from being as a candidate in the General Election, saying she was a Searchlight spy. I said this was a ridiculous statement and she was allowed to stand. By then I knew why these claims were being made.
In November 2009 Jim Dowson contacted me to see if I wanted to get involved with a series of fundraising road shows that were due to be performed in the run up to the General Election. It was quite well know that I was interested in music and singing, so of course I agreed to get involved and was really excited about the prospect. I was to be performing in these road shows with Joey Smith; I had always got on well with Joey so it seemed like a great plan.
Jim Dowson wanted to meet up to discuss ideas for the road show. He suggested I met him at the Days Inn Hotel next to Stansted airport on the 11th December 2009, because he was due to be catching a flight the following day. Emma Colgate dropped Jim off that evening at the hotel. I was quite excited about the meeting; I had met Jim previously and had always got on well with him. We went to his room and discussed ideas for the road show.
After this meeting Jim started to text me more frequently and said he really enjoyed my company. He wanted to meet up again after Christmas to discuss further ideas for the show. Jim said we could go out for a meal, and see a show at in the West End to get some inspiration, and he said I could stay over because it would probably be a long evening. He set a date for Friday 8th January. I met Jim after work at Russell Square tube station in London. We went to The Hotel Russell around the corner and we went up to a room. In the room there was a double bed and his suitcase was also in there. I said to Jim, ‘Am I supposed to be staying here with you tonight in this bed?’ And he said, ‘No, don’t worry, there’s another room, just leave your bag here for the time being and we’ll sort it out later.’
We went out to his Institute of Directors club in Pall Mall. Then we went to Leicester Square, went for a meal at Pizza Express and then on to see Chicago. Whilst in the theatre, Jim started to hold my hand which made me feel a bit uncomfortable. I thought this was supposed to be a business meeting! After the show Jim brought up the subject of holding hands, and said that I was a typical conservative type English person, who doesn’t have any emotion, and that he was only being friendly. I felt a bit guilty and thought I may be overreacting.
Afterwards rather than apologise, he started to call me frigid and said I had emotional issues. I felt really bad about myself and thought perhaps it was my fault. I got changed in the bathroom and we left the hotel. He insisted on walking me back to Euston Station, on the way back his mood changed and he started to apologise for his behaviour. He said he had got the wrong end of the stick and was sorry.
I was willing to let this drop, as long as it didn’t ever happen again. I didn’t want to jeopardise the road show or the other people in it. I also did not want to take the matter further as although it was a horrible and distasteful experience I did not regard it as a serious sexual assault nor did I wish to embarrass the party.
The following week on Thursday 14th January, I was due to by flying out to Spain with Joey Smith and Paul Golding to plan the shows and start rehearsing. I was a bit worried about going because if there was another incident I would be stuck in a foreign country. I spoke to Jim about my concerns and he assured me that I would be sharing a bedroom with his teenage daughter Sarah-Jane, so this put my mind at rest. We all stayed in Spain until Sunday 17th January. Overall the trip to Spain was productive, Jim was the perfect host and we all had a good time.
When we got back from Spain another rehearsal was planned for Saturday 30th January, this time in Deeside, North Wales. The rehearsal was at John Walker’s club, I met Joey there and we practised all of our songs and the whole show was really coming together. I was very excited and happy that everything was going so well.
Jim had told me that he was in Spain, but had booked me a room at the George and Dragon Hotel in Chester so I wouldn’t have to travel all the way back to Bedfordshire the same day. Joey went back to Dewsbury the same day and didn’t stay over. I had arranged for John Walker to pick me up that evening to go back to his club to do Karaoke. When I got the hotel I found out there was no room booked under my name or Jim Dowson’s name, so I phoned up Jim to ask whose name the room had been booked under. It turned out there were three rooms booked in Paul Golding’s name which I found a bit strange. However Jim assured me that Paul Golding and Chris Barnett had been sent along to discuss film footage for the show.
Jim eventually arrived with Linzi Reynolds and Martin Reynolds which one again I thought was a bit strange. Still at this point I thought we would all be going to Karaoke together. Jim said he needed to quiet word with me about something so I invited Jim and Linzi into my room. As soon as they were in my room the atmosphere changed. They started asking me really strange questions and accusing me of not being who I said I was. The penny still hadn’t dropped what was going on. They told me Martin Reynolds was outside down the corridor so I couldn’t runaway. The explained that they thought someone was pulling my strings, that I was being controlled, and that they thought I was a MI5 agent. Jim told me that he had paid a plant to follow us around when I met him in London, to spy on my behaviour. I was absolutely shell-shocked by these accusations and I started to shake uncontrollably on the bed. I felt so stupid for believing these people were my friends, when in actual fact they had been spying on me and trying to set me up. They said they needed to check my phone for spyware and bugging transmitters, so they called Chris Barnett into the room. He took my phone off me, dismantled it and linked it to a laptop. I was horrified because I didn’t know what he was doing to my phone; he could have been bugging it for all I knew.
The interrogation continued a bit longer, I realised that I needed to just answer their questions and try and act like I wasn’t scared. Jim told me that this had to be kept inside those four walls and that I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone about this or it would prove that I actually was an MI5 agent.
Jim wanted all of us to meet downstairs in the bar for drinks, I didn’t really want to but he insisted. I figured I should just act like nothing had happened and attempt to get through the evening without any more upset. During the night I ended up having a major argument with Jim and I was bawled my eyes out, being distraught that he could have initiated such a bad thing to happen to me. The following morning I packed to leave but Jim informed me that I had to make a video. He explained it was for Nick Griffin to watch privately to reassure him that I wasn’t doing anything untoward in the party. I felt sick and disgusted by this I couldn’t believe that Nick Griffin wanted a video of me being questioned by Jim Dowson. How would he have liked it if someone had done that to his daughter?
It still wasn’t over as before I was allowed to leave for home Jim insisted in getting into my car and told me to follow Paul Golding. We drove to a Pizza Hut and he made me sign some paperwork to say that I wasn’t working for Searchlight. I was paranoid that Jim had planted a bug in my car. I also had to get a new phone in case Chris Barnett had bugged it.
Joey Smith rang me up after Chester and wanted to arrange the next rehearsal. I told him I would not be participating in the road shows anymore. I had to tell him about the interrogation in Chester. I explained that Jim had concocted a story that I was a MI5 agent. Joey was shocked and said he would speak to Jim about it, but I didn’t hear from Joey after that. The next I heard was that Joey had fallen out with me, along with a lot of my other ‘friends’ in the party. I believe Jim lured Joey with the promise of £200 per show and free holidays to Spain if he did as he was told.
Somehow Jim had managed to suss out that me and Simon were going away (possibly because there was a staff meeting he should have attended on 2nd February) and this was the supposed reason which granted him authority to launch the interrogation on me. He concocted a story that I was going to be setting Simon up and recording him while we were away with a view to destabilising the up and coming election campaign.
Nick Griffin had authorised my interrogation. However no background checks had been made with my organiser or my Regional Organiser to see if I had been acting suspiciously. The evidence against me was invented by Jim Dowson fuelled by his jealousy that I had rejected his advances but was having a relationship with Simon.
My misplaced loyalty to Simon Darby was another reason why I kept quiet for so long. I hoped he would protect me or speak up for me but he didn’t out of fear for his own position. I have now learnt that not only has Simon Darby resigned as Deputy Chairman, but he has also resigned from the party. This is because he is desperate to avoid liability for the growing number of court cases that Griffin is getting us into.
I don’t believe Simon Darby is going to resign from his well paid jobs with the European Parliament however.
I found it very hard to trust anyone in the party after how I’d been treated by Jim and co. If Nick Griffin and Jim Dowson had thought I genuinely was a spy then they could have arranged a meeting with me and discussed it in an adult manner. But Jim knew that I wasn’t a MI5 agent, he was just trying to make my life in the party as miserable as possible because I had rejected him. The interrogation was designed to scare me away, using heavy-handed and secretive tactics similar to that in a mafia film.
Since everything that has happened to me over the past year, I have grown more angry about the whole situation and for a long time I blamed myself for being so naive and getting myself into these predicaments. But now I realise that it’s not my fault. I put my trust in Nick Griffin, Jim Dowson and Simon Darby but they just wanted to use me for their own means and then drop me from a great height. I am not stupid and naive Shelley Rose anymore, I am confident and willing to do whatever I can to rid nationalism of these despicable people.