New “anti-fascist” party stumbles at first fence

For Britain founder Anne Marie Waters (left) promoting the launch of her earlier anti-Islam group PEGIDA alongside the EDL founder Tommy Robinson (centre) and Liberty GB’s Paul Weston

Former UKIP leadership candidate Anne-Marie Waters has succeeded in winning lots of publicity for her new party, the For Britain Movement, which she describes as “anti-fascist”.  According to its website, “For Britain is a party for everyone except racists, fascists, Marxists, collectivists and identitarians.”

Unfortunately Ms Waters’ “party for everyone” has failed to recruit many candidates for its first electoral outing. They have six candidates in Leeds, three in Sandwell, and one each in Hartlepool, Sunderland, Hart, Plymouth, Hastings and the London Borough of Bromley.

A far less publicised rival splinter group from UKIP – the ‘Democrats and Veterans Party’ founded by former leadership candidate John Rees-Evans – has succeeded in recruiting far more candidates than Ms Waters, despite only being registered as a party since the end of January.  There are more than forty ‘Democrats and Veterans’ candidates for various English councils, plus mayoral candidates in two London boroughs, while For Britain seems to have only fifteen candidates nationwide.

Even the Thurrock Independents – another UKIP breakaway who, as their name suggests, are only contesting Thurrock Borough Council – have more candidates than Ms Waters. It seems that Islam-obsessed “anti-fascism” has a very limited electoral appeal.

 

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