This is a really bad time for the electoral ambitions of the far right. In the run-up to the most unpredictable General Election for many years, the far right are nowhere. With their own little parties in disarray, and most of their thunder stolen by the rise of UKIP (more on that later), only three candidates in the East Midlands are stepping up to lose their deposits on Thursday. In Lincolnshire, the ludicrous pretend vicar Robert West is standing for the BNP in Boston & Skegness, whilst Cathy Duffy is the BNP candidate for Charnwood in Leicestershire. The English Democrat’s one candidate in the region is the party’s National Secretary Derek Hilling, standing in Kettering, Northants; the ED were hoping to contest at least three seats in the county, but have decided not to spread their meagre resources too thinly, and are going all out behind Derek. Hmm….
There are more far-right candidates in the local council elections, also to be held on Thursday.
The BNP have Cathy Duffy (again) standing in Charnwood. Duffy is an endangered species, being one of only two BNP councillors in the whole country, and the only one in the East Midlands. We’ll see if she manages political survival on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Derbyshire Blackshirt Paul Hilliard is standing, as usual, in Derby; and Marc Whitestone is standing in East Northamptonshire.
The English Democrats have two candidates, Oliver Healey and David Haslett, in Leicester.
The British Democratic Party, an Andrew Brons-inspired BNP breakaway, are standing five candidates in Leicestershire, which they regard as their stronghold – Kevan Stafford, Chris Canham, Julia Green and Paul Newman in Charnwood, and virulent muslim-hater Graham Partner in North-West Leics.