Civic nationalism falls at first hurdle in 2024 local elections

This afternoon local councils across England published their lists of confirmed candidates for next month’s local elections. There are more than 2,600 council seats up for election across England on 2nd May, as well as eleven Mayoral elections (including London), the Greater London Assembly, and 37 Police & Crime Commissioners. Apart from the latter, there are no elections in Wales this year, and there are no elections in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Given the scale of public concern about the failure of mainstream political parties, and the continuing crises over immigration, crime, and other race-related issues, readers might have expected a significant challenge to the political establishment at these elections.

In fact, the anti-establishment challenge – whether from civic nationalists, racial nationalists, or even from the far left – is feeble.

H&D readers know that there are many reasons for the weak state of racial nationalism in the UK. Our movement has yet to recover from catastrophic damage caused by the collapse of the BNP more than a decade ago, a collapse that was mainly self-inflicted by former BNP leader Nick Griffin.

The best we can say is that there are good people in our movement presently engaged in the long task of rebuilding racial nationalism from that wreckage.

Julian Leppert (above centre) with fellow activists from the British Democrats

Within the racial nationalist political spectrum, there are four candidates from the British Democrats (including former councillors Julian Leppert in Epping Forest, Jim Lewthwaite in Bradford, and Lawrence Rustem in Maidstone).

The newly registered Homeland Party has one candidate, Roger Robertson in Hart, Hampshire (who is already a parish councillor).

Homeland Party candidate Roger Robertson

Patriotic Alternative has not yet registered as a political party, so its name cannot appear on ballot papers, but PA activist Callum Hewitt is standing as an Independent candidate in Halton, Cheshire.

Another well-known nationalist standing as an independent is former NF and BNP candidate Gary Butler in Maidstone.

Independent candidate and PA activist Callum Hewitt

The anti-Islam but multiracialist party Britain First is contesting the London Mayoral and GLA elections, where their candidate in each case is former Generation Identity activist Nick Scanlon. But elsewhere in England Britain First has only two candidates, far fewer than expected.

A more radical but still multiracialist anti-Islamic party, the National Housing Party, has one candidate in Oldham.

The English Democrats, whose campaign for an English Parliament is supported by many racial nationalists even though the party itself is multiracialist, have five council candidates as well as three Police and Crime Commissioner candidates, including party leader Robin Tilbrook.

But the real shock is at the civic nationalist end of the spectrum.

Reform UK, which has dismayed many of its supporters in recent weeks but which is easily the largest and best funded party operating to the ‘right’ of the Conservatives, will have just 328 council candidates this year, well down on last year’s total of 480.

This failure even to get onto the ballot paper in the vast majority of elections makes a mockery of Reform UK’s opinion poll ratings, and of Nigel Farage’s efforts to portray himself as a serious political figure.

Nigel Farage and Richard Tice obtain frequent media coverage but have failed to build their Reform UK party at local level

Some Reform UK supporters are urging Farage to step back into the front line and take back official leadership of the party from his stooge, Richard Tice. But with the party having so obviously failed to put down substantial roots at local level, what could Farage seriously hope to achieve?

Farage’s old party UKIP confirmed it is close to death, with only seventeen candidates nationwide this year.

A rival UKIP splinter group – the Heritage Party – is also declining but shows slightly more vigour than UKIP, with 34 candidates nationwide including a slate of seven in Southend where it looks to have taken over most of the old UKIP branch.

David Kurten (formerly of UKIP) leads one of the many multiracialist, civic nationalist splinter parties, the Heritage Party (absolutely no connection to H&D!!)

But yet another UKIP breakaway – the Alliance for Democracy and Freedom – seems to have disappeared from ballot papers this year. The ADF under its Malaysian leader Dr Teck Khong recently signed a grandiose ‘alliance’ with the remnants of the anti-vaxx party Freedom Alliance (which has only five candidates across the whole of England this year, after suffering multiple splits and defections). They will probably pick up the crankier, Covid-obsessed defectors from Reform UK, but as H&D has repeatedly explained, this is not a basis for serious election campaigns.

The one thing that is abundantly clear from these local elections – even before a single vote has been cast – is that there remains a vacuum in British politics which a real nationalist party ought to fill.

H&D will publish lists of nationalist candidates standing at the May elections, and will have full reports and analysis both on this website and in forthcoming editions of our magazine.

Nationalist candidates at 2024 elections

The following parties and independents within the nationalist spectrum are contesting local elections on 2nd May 2024.

British Democrats
Chris Bateman – Castledon and Crouch, Basildon
Dr Jim Lewthwaite – Wyke, Bradford
Julian Leppert – Waltham Abbey North, Epping Forest
Lawrence Rustem – Shepway, Maidstone

Homeland Party
Roger Robertson – Hartley Wintney, Hart

Independent
Callum Hewitt – Central & West Bank, Halton
Gary Butler – Shepway, Maidstone

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Civic nationalist parties candidates at this election include:

English Democrats
Maxine Spencer – Dearne North, Barnsley
Janus Polenceusz – Dearne South, Barnsley
Steve Morris – Besses, Bury
Val Morris – Holyrood, Bury
Robin Tilbrook – Rural East, Epping Forest
Robin Tilbrook – Essex Police & Crime Commissioner
David Dickason – Lincolnshire Police & Crime Commissioner
Henry Curteis – West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner

National Housing Party UK
John Lawrence – Hollinwood, Oldham

Britain First
Nick Scanlon – London Mayor
Nick Scanlon – Greater London Assembly
David Bamber – Cokeham, Adur
Amanda Peel – Bablake, Coventry

Reform UK – 328 candidates nationwide
Heritage Party – 34 candidates nationwide
UKIP – 17 candidates nationwide

Labour’s Asian base crumbles

Labour’s entire team of councillors in the Lancashire borough of Pendle has quit, exposing the extent to which Keir Starmer’s party has become dependent on Asian communities in some areas of Britain.

The resignations were timed just days before close of nominations in the English local council elections, which will make it difficult for Labour to find new candidates and prepare campaigns.

All ten incumbent Labour councillors in Pendle (nine of them Asians) resigned, in protest at the party leadership’s stance on Israel’s war in Gaza and its handling of ‘anti-semitism’ allegations. Ten parish councillors from the Pendle area also resigned – some of them were due to be borough council candidates next month.

Not coincidentally, one of the main victims of this purge of ‘anti-semites’ was Azhar Ali – Labour’s candidate at the Rochdale parliamentary by-election – who was thrown out of the party after secret recordings emerged of Ali expressing conspiracy theories about Israel.

Azhar Ali presenting Keir Starmer with a Burnley shirt, before his peremptory expulsion from the Labour Party

Ali was for years the main Labour power-broker in Pendle. He was leader of the Labour group on Lancashire County Council until the ‘anti-semitism’ scandal destroyed him, after which he was replaced by the veteran Jewish councillor Jennifer Mein (against whom H&D editor Mark Cotterill stood at the last county council elections).

These resignations reveal two contradictory facts about Keir Starmer’s Labour Party.

The first is that in several areas of Britain, Labour has effectively been taken over by Asians – very similar to the way in which some inner-city Labour parties were taken over by Trotskyists and other far-left sects during the 1970s. This isn’t just because of the influx of immigrants. It’s because in parallel with their arrival, traditional industries collapsed – which meant that trade unions that had been Labour’s backbone also collapsed.

But the second fact is that however powerful Asians might be in some local areas, they count for nothing at the top of the Labour Party.

Keir Starmer is absolutely determined to position his party as a close ally of Israel. The only reason he might now venture some limited criticisms of Netanyahu is that Israeli brutality has become so extreme that they are increasingly criticised by well-informed Conservatives and veteran establishment figures, such as the retired diplomat Lord Ricketts.

Starmer will very timidly echo some of these criticisms.

H&D readers should be under no illusions. Keir Starmer will at some point within the next nine months become Prime Minister and Labour will win a landslide parliamentary majority.

But the fault lines within his party – not only over Gaza but over socially liberal attitudes, feminism, and ‘trans’ rights – will continue to raise difficult questions about Labour’s identity.

Labour’s impending victory will simply expose its ideological vacuity.

It will be up to racial nationalists to frame a coherent response.

H&D will as always carry full reports on the local council elections, both here and in the print edition of our magazine.

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