During the recent couple of years we have seen the dramatic decline of the British National Party! This has resulted in the number of its councillors, at all levels, being slashed from over one hundred to just a handful, the majority of them either didn’t bother to defend their seats or did defend them but were defeated.
A smaller number of councillors, at County, District and Parish level, removed the ‘blue’ from their rosettes and joined the English Democrats Party. In some parts of England, such as Southend, Solihull, Leeds, Broxbourne, there was a defection of almost whole BNP branches to the EDP. Some, who were prominent members of the BNP, are now prominent members of the EDP. Is this now about to change again?
At the beginning of December 2012 a new ‘British’ nationalist party was formed, British Democratic Party, it will be officially launched in the New Year. It is the long-expected new venture of Andrew Brons MEP. The party’s initial aim seems to be to collect former BNP members from where-ever they are ensconced at present.
One rather telling, if true, claim reads;
“Leading nationalists from several former BNP strongholds across the county – including Wakefield, Kirklees, Leeds, Sheffield, Rotherham and Bradford – were present. In addition to present and former BNP officials, there were senior organisers from numerous other parties and movements including British Movement, English Democrats, Democratic Nationalists and England First Party.”
If this new Brit’-Nat’ party takes off then it could be very damaging for the EDP councillor stable. As of now the EDP has 1 County, 2 District and (possibly) 2 Parish Councillors. At least 3 of those 5 are former BNP councillors with one of them up for election in May 2013. She has to decide if BDP is a better proposition than EDP.
It could be a very interesting, but painful, few months for English nationalist parties at the beginning of 2013.