10th position went to the English Democratic Party with 70 votes, 0.17%. This was even lower than when the EDP stood in 2010 and gained nearly twice as many votes at 0.3%.
Several messages come from this result.
1. The English Democrats persuaded a number of former BNP members – including activists – to join them on the grounds that their respectability and a purely civic nationalist approach on immigration would gain more support. It has not done so in Hampshire or elsewhere in the main.
2. Most UK patriots are not in favour of splitting the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland as individual nations.
3. Immigration is the key – more than opposition to the EU – that gains support for Nationalist movements. This is particularly so where that movement can show that it understands the particular problems that it causes in working class areas. Problems that are less so in the more genteel Liberal/Tory areas of Hampshire. The English Dems should have known this was one of the factors that enabled them to have their candidate elected as the Major of Doncaster – mark you he has resigned since!
To the English Dems we have a message: “You’ve had your run. Be realistic and join the new Brit Dems”