John R. Pinniger


John R. Pinniger

John R Pinniger is a former Conservative councillor for the London Borough of Lambeth and an unsuccessful Conservative candidate for the European Parliament. He was a leading activist and political adviser in the right-wing Conservative Monday Club during the early 1980s but found himself at centre of a schism in the club in 1984.

Pinniger worked closely with the Conservative Member of Parliament Harvey Proctor, who was then Chairman of the Monday Club's Immigration & Repatriation Committee. In 1981 he co-authored a pamphlet with Proctor which called for the repatriation of 50,000 immigrants per year, the abolition of the Commission for Racial Equality and the repeal of all race relations legislation. ["Call to repatriate 50,000 a year," "The Times" p. 3, April 28, 1981] His proposals were said to offend many mainstream Conservatives Fact|date=February 2007 but were defended on the grounds that they would reduce racial tension."Monday Club accuses ex-political adviser of plotting a takeover," "The Times" p. 2, March 13, 1984]

Monday Club spit

In March 1984, Pinniger announced that he would be resigning, in protest, from the Monday Club. He told the media that there were members who were "simply anti-immigrant and anti-black - that is, racist" who wanted to expel immigrants from the UK. He also described the club as "fizzling out" and being out of touch with the Conservative mainstream. ["Monday Club official resigns over 'racism'," "The Times" p. 1, March 10, 1984]

His walkout was followed by several other Monday Club members, who supported Pinniger's assertion that the club had failed to tackle extremism and racism in its ranks Fact|date=February 2007. However, the club fought back strongly, circulating copies of speeches and pamphlets by Pinniger about immigration and claiming that he had been a prominent advocate of policies which he now labelled extremist. It accused him of trying to "cover up the fact that the club had suspended him and certain associates, with a view to possible expulsion." The club also claimed that Pinniger had been responsible for a "clandestine and unethical plot" to mount a take-over and that "his outrage at the club's policies is fake, and that his current manoeuvres are an attempt to destroy that which he cannot control."

The club subsequently produced a document that it claimed to be the minutes of a body called the "Camberley Group", said to have been formed by Pinniger and others as the vehicle for a take-over bid. It was dismissed by Pinniger as a forgery and passed on to the police for examination. ["Forgery claim as six quit Monday Club" "The Times" p. 2, March 16, 1984] Members of the Camberley Group were reported to have said that the group was "formed to moderate the [Monday] club and steer it back into the mainstream of Conservative policy because it had failed to purge itself of extremists." ["Monday Club rebels may attend inquiry," "The Times" p. 2, March 21, 1984]

Political career

Pinniger later successfully contested a seat on Lambeth Council as well as working as the head of communications for the "Financial Intermediaries, Managers and Brokers Regulatory Association". ["Chased to the edge by councils in search of tax," "The Sunday Times", February 20, 1994]

In the 1994 European elections he unsuccessfully stood for the European Parliament as a Conservative candidate in the constituency of Greater Manchester East (now part of the North West England constituency), a safe Labour seat. He came second to the Labour candidate, winning 19.32% of the vote as against the winning candidate's 60.44%. ["Results from British constituencies," "The Independent", June 13, 1994]

References

Publications

* "Immigration, Repatriation, & the Commission for Racial Equality", by Harvey Proctor, M.P., John R. Pinniger, M.A., with a foreword by Sir Ronald Bell, Q.C., M.P., published by the Monday Club, 1981, (P/B).

* "Immigration - An Untenable Situation" by K.Harvey Proctor, M.P., and John R. Pinniger, M.A., Policy Paper from the Monday Club's Immigration and Repatriation Policy Committee, October, 1981.

* "Race Relations & Immigration" by K.Harvey Proctor, M.P., and John R. Pinniger, M.A., Policy Paper from the Monday Club's Immigration & Race Relations Committee, October 1982.


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