Colin Jordan

THE swastika flag no longer flies over a remote farmhouse in Nidderdale and some of the prejudice and hatred it represents has died with its owner – the former leader of the Right-wing British Movement Colin Jordan.

Only occasionally did he draw attention to himself after moving north in 1974 to live at Coldstone Fold – a house he renamed Thorgarth – at Greenhow, near Pateley Bridge.

Its solitude contrasts with the media spotlight on his "wedding" in 1963 when he and Francoise Dior, niece of the Paris fashion designer, allowed their blood to drip on the first page of Hitler's Mein Kampf.

The couple cut their ring fingers with an SS dagger and mingled their blood in a Nordic ceremony performed under a portrait of Hitler at the headquarters of the British National Socialist Party in London.

Outside they faced a barrage of eggs and bottles and gave Nazi salutes to protesters before going inside to make a declaration of Aryan fitness in front of a table draped with two Swastika flags.

Their "official" marriage at Coventry Register Office was over in four years, but Mr Jordan's commitment to extreme Right-wing views endured until his death at the age of 85. Well into his 70s he was in repeated conflict with the police.

When he first moved from Coventry in 1974 local people adopted a live and let live approach. Mr Jordan, who served prison sentences for his beliefs before resigning as leader of the British Movement in 1975, announced: "It's a place of my own and absolutely nothing to do with the movement."

But the following year there were reports of the swastika flag being flown and circulars being sent to extreme Right-wing sympathisers inviting them to attend international neo-Nazi rallies at the farm.

The postman's son, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Second World War, took a history degree at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Here he became a follower of Arnold Leese, who had led the pre-war Imperial Fascist League. He later taught in a secondary school but lost the job because of his views.

In July, 1962, he organised a National Socialist rally in Trafalgar Square. Mr Jordan spoke against a background of banners carrying the words "Free Britain From Jewish Control" and "Britain Awake". The rally provoked a riot and he was arrested.

The same year when American Nazi party leader, George Lincoln Rockwell, entered Britain illegally, the extreme Right from across Europe attended a weekend camp in the Cotswolds. Mr Rockwell and Mr Jordan produced the Cotswold Declaration, which led to the formation of a World Union of National Socialists with Mr Jordan as its "World Fhrer".

Leadership of the British Movement passed to a Liverpool milkman, Michael McLaughlin, in 1975. By now rifts in the extreme Right were leading to Mr Jordan losing much of his credibility – a situation which was not helped by his conviction for stealing three pairs of women's knickers from Tesco.

The Special Branch, which Mr Jordan condemned as the then- Home Secretary Jack Straw's "Thought Police", continued to monitor his activities through into the 1990s and were occasional visitors to Thorgarth.

Mr Jordan claimed the Labour MP Gerald Kaufman was the instigator of a Special Branch raid in 1991 in which thousands of documents, including leaflets titled The Coloured Invasions and The Great Lie of the 6,000,000, were removed.

The aim was to prosecute him under the 1986 Public Order Act – a law he claimed robbed the British people of their freedom of speech for allegedly possessing or distributing literature calculated to stir up racial hatred.

It failed when Mr Jordan took North Yorkshire Police to the High Court and won 12,000 damages and costs because the search warrant was wrongly dated and therefore invalid. The Crown Prosecution Service dropped the charges.

Seven years later the police went back and seized 8,831 items, including leaflets called Jack Straw's Jewish Justice and newsletters headed Gothic Ripples – reviving a publication begun by Arnold Leese. Mr Jordan claimed the raid was an act of revenge. A judge ruled that he was unfit to stand trial because of a heart condition.

In many court appearances Mr Jordan represented himself, as he did in 1981 at Harrogate County Court where he sued two former tenants of a bungalow he owned in Oakwood, Leeds, for 346 in unpaid rent and damage to two apple trees.

In a case remembered for its elements of farce, Mr Jordan, who had banned Paul and Suzanna Leighton from inviting Jews and coloured people to their home, said he had kept his part of the agreement in every detail.

He told Judge Donald Chapman QC: "I am asking you to allow my claim to the very maximum the law allows." But the Judge awarded only 60.72 with 10.10 costs and told Mr Jordan he was acting "like Shylock in the Merchant of Venice."

Mr Jordan leapt to his feet and replied: "In view of my background sir, please not Shylock."