Robin Tilbrook

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Robin Tilbrook

Robin Tilbrook (born 1958) is a solicitor and English politician, the chairman and founder member of the English Democrats.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Tilbrook was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1958.[3] He was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire,[4] gained a BA (Hons) in Politics and Economics from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and then studied at the College of Law, Chester.[citation needed]

He was a Coldstream Guardsman, and has worked in a factory, in junior management, and as a teacher at primary and secondary level.[citation needed] He is a solicitor[5] in Willingale, Essex.[6]

On 27 September 2011, he was awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of London.[7]

Politics[edit]

He was a member of the Conservative Student Association and a member of the Conservative Party,[6] at one time a Conservative candidate for Ongar Town council.[citation needed] He founded the English National Party in 1997,[3] and then relaunched the party as the English Democrats in 2002 to campaign for an English Parliament.[8] He is also the nominating officer and treasurer.[9] He has stood as a candidate for the English Democrats in local, parliamentary[6] and European elections. Standing in Epping Forest, he received 1.4% of the vote in the 2005 General Election, 4.4% at 2005 County Council elections,[10] 18.2% in the 2007 District Council elections,[11] and 11.3% in the 2009 County Council elections.[12] He gained 2.01% of the vote as the lead candidate for the Eastern region in the 2009 European elections.[13][14] He says of the English Democrats that "We're hoping to do what the Scottish National Party managed to do in the 1970s and break through to being able to influence what happens in Parliament about England".[15][16] Tilbrook says "his party agitates for anyone living in England. His notion of Englishness is akin to American notions of "Americanness" - that you can be from any ethnic background and still wrap yourself in the flag."[17] He has criticized spending on St. Patrick's Day in London when he says too little is spent on St. George's Day.[17] He argues that the money given by the UK to the EU is given to other parts of the country at the expense of England, which makes his party Eurosceptic.[18]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Brigadier Thomas William Tilbrook (deceased) (Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars) and Jacqueline Tilbrook (née Mackillican).[citation needed] He is a member of the Church of England, and is married to Claire Tilbrook with two girls named Emma and Sophie and a boy called Oliver.[3]

Elections contested[edit]

General elections

Date of election Constituency Party Votes  %
2005 Epping Forest English Democrats 631 1.4[19]
2010 Brentwood & Ongar English Democrats 491 1.0[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boothroyd, David (2001). Politico's guide to the history of British political parties. Politico's. ISBN 1-902301-59-5. 
  2. ^ "English Democrats' 'long game'". BBC News. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "National Executive Officers". The English Democrats. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Our team". English Democrats. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Press Association (28 November 2005). "Landlord loses St George's Day battle". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c Tobin, Edmund (10 June 2009). "ONGAR: English Democrats leader hails election success". East London and West Essex Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  7. ^ http://www.voteenglish.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=350%3Arobin-tilbrook-made-freeman-of-the-city&catid=36%3Alatest-topics&Itemid=621
  8. ^ Sparrow, Andrew (18 September 2002). "New party seeks English parliament". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "English Democrats Party". Register of political parties. The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Parliamentary and County Council Elections". Epping Forest District Council. 2005. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "District Election Results 3 May 2007". Epping Forest District Council. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  12. ^ Tobin, Edmund (5 June 2009). "EPPING FOREST: Live election results". East London and West Essex Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "European elections 2009: Eastern region". Daily Telegraph. June 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  14. ^ Wheeler, Brian (20 May 2009). "Democrats 'putting England first'". BBC News. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  15. ^ "English Democrats eye 120 seats". BBC News. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  16. ^ "Democrats want to be 'English SNP'". Daily Politics (BBC News). 25 September 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  17. ^ a b Rice-Oxley, Mark (30 June 2006). "In a 'green and pleasant land,' English nationalism stirs". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  18. ^ "English 'lose out to rest of UK'". BBC News. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  19. ^ Politics resources: UK General Election results May 2005 and Election Candidates
  20. ^ BBC News Election 2010 results and The Guardian: "How Britain voted" supplement, 8 May 2010

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