Best of luck to all racial nationalist candidates today

Polling stations closed a few minutes ago in those areas of England and Wales that are electing local councillors, mayors, and/or police and fire service commissioners.

As H&D explained last month when nominations were filed for these elections, there are very few racial nationalist candidates this year, reflecting the general state of our movement, which has yet to recover from the damage inflicted by Nick Griffin when he destroyed the BNP more than a decade ago.

That damage coincided with the rise of the pro-Brexit movement which distracted many of our natural voters (and quite a few of our activists), who became deluded into believing that Nigel Farage and his successive parties (UKIP, the Brexit Party, and now Reform UK) would save our nation, and that withdrawal from the European Union would solve the immigration crisis and related problems.

Dr Jim Lewthwaite, H&D patron, British Democrats chairman, and Bradford City Council candidate

Unlike Farage and his spiv capitalists, and unlike the various fringe conspiracy theorist sects that have proliferated in recent years, racial nationalists share an ideology rooted in scientific reality and political honesty.

For the time being candidates are few in number, and divided among various parties and factions. But the courage and commitment of each of these candidates is a fine example to the rest of our movement. Whatever the results today, these candidates have taken an important step forward for our cause.

We are sure that all H&D readers will joining us in sending best wishes to the racial nationalist candidates standing today –

British Democrats:
Dr Jim Lewthwaite (party chairman), Wyke ward, Bradford
Chris Bateman, Castledon & Crouch, Basildon
Julian Leppert, Waltham Abbey North, Epping Forest
Lawrence Rustem, Shepway, Maidstone

Roger Robertson (above centre) with his Homeland Party campaign team

Homeland Party:
Roger Robertson, Hartley Wintney, Hart

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

Independent council candidate and Patriotic Alternative activist Callum Hewitt on the campaign trail in Widnes

Despite our serious differences with civic nationalist parties, we also wish the best of luck to their candidates standing today –

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

As always, H&D will report on the election results as they are declared tonight and tomorrow. And we shall reflect on the implications for our movement when analysing these results, both here on the website and in the next edition of our magazine.

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.

Homeland Party activists visit Preston

An activist team from the Homeland Party including leader Kenny Smith visited Preston last weekend and delivered more than 1,000 leaflets.

H&D assistant editor Peter Rushton interviewed Kenny Smith about the party and its recent growth.

For more information visit https://homelandparty.org/news/leafletting-in-preston/

Homeland Party registration accepted by Electoral Commission

The UK has a new nationalist political party following yesterday’s decision by the Electoral Commission to accept the registration of the Homeland Party.

A previous attempt to register the Homeland Party had been turned down, which meant that the party’s name could not appear on ballot papers. Several Homeland Party members serve on parish/community councils, the lowest tier of local government, without a party label. But while it is common for non-partisan councillors to serve at that level, registration with the Commission was necessary if the party was to make serious progress.

Welcoming the decision, a Homeland Party press release stated that their party is dedicated to bringing about democratic change, which is often obstructed by the old gang parties; we will never shy away from enacting the will of the people. We are proud to be the first party in the country to call for a binding referendum on immigration, an idea that is gaining traction across Europe. We are calling for proportional representation and for more power to be devolved to a local level.

Our plans are centred around the needs of the people we serve. From community care to the environment, economy, and much-needed political reform, the Homeland Party will work tirelessly to build a future for our children rooted in fairness and justice.

H&D editor Mark Cotterill (above left) more than a decade ago with Kenny Smith in Glasgow Green, soon after Kenny’s departure from the BNP. Kenny Smith is now chairman of the Homeland Party.

The UK now has two active political parties which could be termed “racial nationalist” – the British Democrats and now the Homeland Party.

The British National Party remains registered but has long since ceased to carry out any political activity, while the National Front still exists but on a much smaller basis than in the past, fighting only very occasional elections.

The UK’s largest racial nationalist organisation, Patriotic Alternative, is still not registered as a political party despite several attempts to do so. Certain disagreements last spring led to the formation of the Homeland Party by a group of former PA officials including Kenny Smith, Homeland’s chairman, who has been a nationalist activist since his BNP days in the 1990s and 2000s.

In addition to PA, several racial nationalist groups remain active outside the electoral arena, including some very longstanding organisations such as British Movement and the League of St George.

H&D is of course independent of any one party or group. We hope to play our part in the essential task of obtaining ideological and strategic clarity for our movement, and avoiding the pitfalls of personality clashes and opportunism that have bedevilled our cause for decades.

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