2012 was an active year for English nationalist parties electorally but, unfortunately, a totally unproductive one. Again it was the English Democrats Party that provided the bulk of the candidates; in fact all except two were EDP.
The year began very quietly with just the EDP fielding a single, Parish level, candidate in the first three months. April gave us an England First Party candidate in a Darlington council election.
May is traditionally the busiest month for elections in England with, depending on where we are in the electoral cycle, County, District and Parish level elections happening. This year it was the bulk of the English Districts with the addition of the London Assembly and Mayoral elections. The EDP stood a total of 97 candidates in these elections though the much heralded candidature of Party Leader Robin Tilbrook in the London Mayoral election failed to materialise. The only other English nationalist party to offer a candidate was the EFP, it was to prove its ‘swansong’, the party de-registered shortly afterwards.
The EDP also stood in a Morley Town council by-election at the end of May.
The summer months of June, July and August delivered a total of four EDP candidates, 1 at county level, 2 at district level and 1 in a town council election.
September was the EDPs busiest month of 2012 for local by-elections with 1 county and 2 at district level.
October had just one EDP candidate in a Kent County Council election.
November was a much more interesting month which saw EDP candidates in 2 Parliamentary by-elections, 1 district by-election and in 5 Police & Crime Commissioner elections. Full details of all of these elections can be found on England Watch.
Overall 2012 cannot be viewed as a good year for English nationalism.
The For England Party and England First Party both folded, One England seems to be, at best, dormant, the English People’s Party still show some signs of activity, though not electorally.
The largest English nationalist party, though it would seem to be shrinking, is the English Democrats Party they can point to the fact that they fought over 100 contests in 2012, and that is good, but there were thousands of contests in England this year. The EDP also lost half of its district level councillors.
The EDP approached the May 2012 elections with 1 Mayor, 1 County Councillor, 4 District level councillors and, maybe, 3 Parish Councillors, the party lost 2 councillors in May and a Parish councillor a little later. 2013 will be a very telling time for the EDP as both the Mayor and the County Councillor are up for election and neither is going to have an easy defence.
2013 is the year for the County elections; these are notoriously difficult for small parties to win, the BNP for example have only ever won 3 and they were not until 2009, 27 years after the party was formed. Any English nationalist party will be very fortunate if they manage to come away with a seat.