Mark Adrian Collett (born 3 October 1980) is a British political activist. He is a former chairman of the Young BNP, the youth division of the British National Party (BNP), and was Director of Publicity for the Party before being suspended from the party in early April 2010. During the same month it was reported that he had been investigated by police for making threats against party leader Nick Griffin. His membership was reinstated just one week later, on the orders of the Party's National Chairman Nick Griffin.
Collett featured on a Channel 4 propaganda documentary against the BNP - Young, Nazi, and Proud broadcast in 2002 which concentrated almost exclusively on Collett. He declared his admiration for Adolf Hitler and UDA activist Johnny Adair, unaware he was being filmed. Collett was sacked from his position in the party and expelled days after the broadcast, although party leaders continued to share speaking platforms with him. However he was allowed to rejoin a few days later with chairman Nick Griffin saying that he must change his views on the subject. Collett was the party's head of publicity and produced the party's monthly magazine Identity.
As a result of a police investigation into another documentary, BBC1's The Secret Agent, which in July 2004 broadcast secret footage of Collet making derogatory remarks about immigrants, Collett, then aged 24, was bailed on alleged hate speech offences at Leeds magistrates' court on 7 April 2005 alongside party founder John Tyndall and party leader Nick Griffin. The trial ended on 2 February 2006 after a jury acquitted Collett of two charges of using words or behaviour intended to "stir up racial hatred", and two alternative charges of using words likely to "stir up racial hatred". The jury failed to reach a verdict in respect of a further four charges. The Crown Prosecution Service subsequently announced that Collett and Griffin would face a retrial on the remaining charges. This retrial began at Leeds Crown Court on 1 November 2006 and he and Griffin were found not guilty.
In April, 2010 he was sacked from his job as BNP publicity chief and suspended from the party for being supportive of a leadership bid against Griffin, and was subsequently arrested by Humberside police, who questioned him over alleged threats to kill Griffin. Despite the reinstatement of Collett's party membership he did not stand for the party in the May 2010 general election, and it is unclear whether he will hold any official position again within the party in the near future.
In August 2011, he sued Nick Griffin for sacking him and having him arrested over a lie. A court ordered him to be paid £21,833 damages.
|Date of election||Constituency||Party||Votes||%||Source|
|2005||Leeds Central||BNP||1201||4.1||The Guardian, 7 May 2005|
- ↑ Adam Gabbatt and Matthew Taylor (4 April 2010). "BNP official Mark Collett questioned over alleged threat to kill Nick Griffin". London: The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/apr/04/bnp-mark-collett-nick-griffin. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- ↑ Channel 4 Documentary - Dispatches: Young, National Socialist and Proud (2002) Video
- ↑ Editorial team, Identity website, accessed 26 Nov 2008
- ↑ "BNP leader cleared of race hate". BBC News. 10 November 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/bradford/6135060.stm. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- ↑ "BNP publicity chief sacked amid claims of 'palace coup' against leader Nick Griffin". Daily Mail (London). 4 April 2010. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1263469/BNP-publicity-chief-sacked-amid-claims-palace-coup-leader-Nick-Griffin.html.
- ↑ "BNP's head of publicity arrested over threats to kill Nick Griffin in 'palace coup'". Daily Mail (London). 6 April 2010. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1263671/BNPs-Mark-Collett-arrested-threats-kill-Nick-Griffin-palace-coup.html.