Gerry Gable, MA (Crim), is the publisher of Searchlight magazine and was one of its founding editors in 1964. He also acts as a consultant to Searchlight Educational Trust. He has pursued his lifelong interest in combating the far-right enemies of democracy alongside a career as a television investigative journalist and producer, which in turn gave rise to his work as a trainer and adviser to sections of the criminal justice system.
For the past 12 years he has served as an independent adviser on race hate crime to the Metropolitan Police Service. In that role he participated in quarterly meetings with the Minister of State for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing. He has also lectured in the USA, Canada and a number of European countries on far-right extremism and contributed, together with Searchlight’s European editor Graeme Atkinson, to two European Parliament reports on racism and xenophobia. He has also given evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee and to Sir William Macpherson’s enquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence.
Dr Paul Jackson (author of chapters 5 and 7) lectures in far-right politics, modern history and media at the University of Northampton. His research interests include the history and ideology of British fascism and the far right, extremist ideologies in the twentieth century, and radicalism and new media. Alongside Dr Matthew Feldman, he coordinates a research group based at the University of Northampton, Radicalism and New Media. This is a specialist, applied research unit that develops consultancy projects with a range of practitioner partners, including police, probation and NGOs. Developing a particular expertise in far-right politics, Radicalism and New Media also hosts conferences and promotes wider awareness of far-right politics.
He will be publishing a major report on the English Defence League in autumn 2011 and has previously written a number of articles and specialist encyclopaedia entries on fascism and extremism.