England Watch has been ‘watching’ to see if there would be any English nationalist party candidates in the first quarter of 2012.
There have been none in January or February and we had almost given up hope for March when we were contacted and given a friendly nudge to look this one up.
By-election to be held on 8th March 2012.
The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a Parish Councillor for
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council. Bonchurch ward.
Syrie Jane COX…NON PARTY
Bernadette JAGGERS National Front
Mark Jonathan MAGUIRE. The Labour Party Candidate
Lisa SIMMONDS. English Democrats – “Putting England First!”
We expected at least one candidate in Essex next month, but at District level in Braintree not Parish level in Southend.
There are three by-elections on the same day in Braintree, this is a place where the EDP has stood a number of times in the past both at district and county elections but, unfortunately, not this time. We have heard rumours that many of the Braintree members have left the EDP recently.
Braintree showed promises of being a rewarding area for the EDP at the 2007 elections they stood three candidates, one of which polled almost 30% of the vote. In the county elections of 2009 they had four candidates who polled between 5% and 12%.
Elections for the district council are held every four years but by the time 2011 came around the initial interest in the EDP seems to have faded as they didn’t stand any candidates. The same would appear still to be true.
Southend on the other hand is one of the EDP ‘new-wave’ branches it was previously the Southend BNP branch and is one of a number of BNP branches that have removed the ‘blue’ from their rosettes and switched sides!
England Watch does not know if Ms Simmonds is a former BNP member or not but at least the English flag is flying somewhere in Essex this March!