One of our readers noticed that on the 19th July 2012 there is a By-election to elect a councillor for the Warley ward of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, knowing that the EDP had been active in the borough in the past we decided to have a look to see if the party had a candidate in what, a few years ago, seemed to be one of the main growth areas for the English Democrats.
The EDP did not field any candidates in the local elections of May 2006 but Paul Rogan was elected as one of the Conservative councillors for Rastrick Ward, two months later, in July 2006 he defected to the English Democrats taking some Conservative party members, including former candidates, with him.
In the local elections of May 2007 the party fielded five candidates and achieved some quite respectable results.
The following month, 14th June, English Democrat Faizan Saghir, an ex-Conservative candidate, stood in a by-election in Warley ward.
In the elections of May 2008 the English Democrats again fielded five candidates. Results were mixed but in Rastrick ward, where the EDP had its sitting councillor, both the number of votes and the percentage of the vote increased a sign of hope for retaining the seat in 2010 maybe? Actually a more telling sign of things to come was that one of the 2007 candidates, Shakir Saghir an ex-Tory, stood as an Independent.
There were no local elections in 2009.
In the 2010 elections the English Democrats didn’t field any candidates in the borough and their sitting councillor, Paul Rogan, did not defend his seat.
There have been no EDP candidates since 2008, and there isn’t one in the Warley By-election next month, some of the former EDP candidates have returned to the Conservative Party fold, with at least one standing as a candidate again.
It seems that the resurgence of EDP support in Yorkshire in 2011/12 has not yet reached Calderdale.
20th July 2006
Rastrick Paul Rogan. Tory councillor defects to the English Democrats Party.
Brighouse Richard Langford, 282 8.50%
Elland Mick Clarke, 408 15.10%
Park Shakir Saghir, 567 13.40%
Rastrick David Stevenson, 418 13.50%
Town David Mounsey, 165 5.90%
Warley Faizan Saghir, 51 1.80%
Elland Mick Clarke, 262 9.59%
Greetland Jonathan Rogan, 59 1.92%
Northowarm John Dowson, 343 10.59%
Rastrick David Stevenson, 516 16.37%
Sowerby Bridge Tom Mathieson, 103 3.50%
Rastrick Paul Rogan EDP councillor does not defend his seat.