ONGAR: English Democrats leader hails election success

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Robin Tilbrook Robin Tilbrook

AMONG the many surprises to come out of the recent raft of countrywide elections the emergence of the English Democrats was one of the more unusual and interesting.

Founded by Willingale resident Robin Tilbrook seven years ago, The English Democrats took the mayoralty in Doncaster and polled 279,801 votes in the European election- almost double their previous total.

A solicitor by trade, Mr Tilbrook formed the Democrats to campaign for an English parliament following the partial devolution of Scotland and Wales, and has been their chairman since formation.

He told the Guardian: ”I’d been active with the local Conservative party, then we had Scottish and Welsh devolution and I thought: ‘surely the Conservatives would want something similar?’ To my surprise they weren’t in the slightest bit interested.

“I think at the moment we have a badly thought out system. The Scottish are day-to-day domestically independent. The Government talks about being British in England, but in Scotland they’re perfectly happy to talk about issues for Scotland. They have free prescriptions for all in Scotland and Wales and no tuition fees.”

The English Democrats have achieved a number of high profile results in recent years.

TV host and former Sun columnist Gary Bushell stood for the party in south London at the last general election, and their candidate Peter Davies has now taken the elected mayor’s slot for Doncaster.

“We are very pleased with that,” said Mr Tilbrook. “The financial Times had an article headlined ‘The Boris of the north’ which said it was the most significant result on election day. Doncaster is the second largest mayoral authority after London.”

Mr Tilbrook, himself, stood for Epping Forest in the 2005 election and said he would probably do the same next time round.

As well as campaigning for an English parliament, Mr Tilbrook’s party also hopes to foster a growing patriotism for England.

But he said he had no truck with the British National Party adding: “The BNP would like you to think they are patriotic. On the doorstep when people find out they are not they are shocked. Their racial terms are straight out of Mein Kampf. They talk about a European homeland for the white race.”

Mr Tilbrook has lived in Willingale for ten years, having lived in Ongar for ten years prior to that.

He said he had a fondness for the Essex countryside adding: “We also have a record for causing trouble. Wat Tyler came from Essex.”

With his party continuing to grow, Mr Tilbrook has found himself increasingly occupied recently, but he still finds time for walks and his family.

He said his new aim was for success at the next general election.

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4:12pm Wed 10 Jun 09

Huw Myles says...

Ah yes a good old bit of G&S I think?

But in spite of all temptations
To belong to other nations,
He remains an Englishman!
He remains an Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeenglis
hman!
Ah yes a good old bit of G&S I think? But in spite of all temptations To belong to other nations, He remains an Englishman! He remains an Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeenglis hman! Huw Myles
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7:12pm Wed 10 Jun 09

EnglishPatriot says...

The English Democrats are going to be a force to be reckoned with. People only voted BNP and UKIP because unfortunately some people don't do their research and therefore don't know the ED is the most viable alternative.
Voters really need to do their homework before voting as it is not always possible for candidates to leaflet every single house in a ward. There has to be some effort on the part of voters.
The English Democrats are going to be a force to be reckoned with. People only voted BNP and UKIP because unfortunately some people don't do their research and therefore don't know the ED is the most viable alternative. Voters really need to do their homework before voting as it is not always possible for candidates to leaflet every single house in a ward. There has to be some effort on the part of voters. EnglishPatriot
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9:04pm Wed 10 Jun 09

Brian Hill says...

As a lifelong Scottish Nationalist I congratulate the EDP on its phenomenal success so early in its history.

Not only did you achieve your success in the Mayoral election on Thursday but you received a very creditable vote all over England.

Independence will be good for all the nations of this island. It will generate competition and cooperation in equal measures.

Keep up the good work.
As a lifelong Scottish Nationalist I congratulate the EDP on its phenomenal success so early in its history. Not only did you achieve your success in the Mayoral election on Thursday but you received a very creditable vote all over England. Independence will be good for all the nations of this island. It will generate competition and cooperation in equal measures. Keep up the good work. Brian Hill
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11:46am Thu 11 Jun 09

danbrett says...

I admire ordinary people who set up small parties like this and stand up for their principles, despite the odds stacked against them. There certainly is a case for clearing up the constitutional inconsistencies thrown up by devolution. But however noble the cause, such small parties have small agendas. Beyond the issue of an English assembly, I don't think this group has anything more to say. It is a pressure group using the ballot box. There's nothing wrong in that, but these are difficult times politically and economically and I think the electorate needs something more than single-issue parties. But good luck to Mr Tilbrook, who seems to be the archetypal Englishman - a moderate patriot proud to stand up for what he believes in. So much more attractive than the hatred and bile of a certain other party.
I admire ordinary people who set up small parties like this and stand up for their principles, despite the odds stacked against them. There certainly is a case for clearing up the constitutional inconsistencies thrown up by devolution. But however noble the cause, such small parties have small agendas. Beyond the issue of an English assembly, I don't think this group has anything more to say. It is a pressure group using the ballot box. There's nothing wrong in that, but these are difficult times politically and economically and I think the electorate needs something more than single-issue parties. But good luck to Mr Tilbrook, who seems to be the archetypal Englishman - a moderate patriot proud to stand up for what he believes in. So much more attractive than the hatred and bile of a certain other party. danbrett
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