Page extended-protected

For Britain Movement

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The For Britain Movement
LeaderAnne Marie Waters
FounderAnne Marie Waters
FoundedOctober 2017
Split fromUK Independence Party
HeadquartersFairfax House
6A Mill Field Road
Cottingley Business Park
Bradford
BD16 1PY[1]
IdeologyAnti-Islam
Right-wing populism
British nationalism
National conservatism
Hard Euroscepticism
Political positionFar-right[2][3]
European affiliationMovement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom
Local government[4]
2 / 20,210
Website
forbritain.uk

The For Britain Movement is a minor[5] far-right[2][3][6] political party in the United Kingdom, founded by the anti-Islam activist Anne Marie Waters after she was defeated in the 2017 UKIP leadership election.

History

Waters left UKIP and formed For Britain after she and her supporters were described as "Nazis and racists" by Henry Bolton and UKIP's former leader Nigel Farage. The name is taken from her UKIP leadership campaign slogan, "Anne Marie For Britain". Waters said that the party would "speak to the forgotten people".[3] On 9 March 2018, For Britain registered with the Electoral Commission, a requirement for any political party wishing to put up candidates in elections and to solicit donations for campaigns, as "The For Britain Movement".[7]

The party received the support of Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the English Defence League.[2] Its platform includes reducing Muslim immigration to the UK to near zero, and to "bring the entire EU project down".[8] Sean O'Driscoll, writing in The Times after the Waters had announced her intention to form a party but before the party had been launched, described the proposed party as intending to fill the space left by the demise of the British National Party (BNP).[9]

In November 2017, the far-right British nationalist political party Liberty GB merged into For Britain.[10] In April 2018, the singer-songwriter Morrissey declared his support for For Britain.[11]

The party fielded fifteen candidates in the 2018 local elections, none being elected.[12] The party came last in almost all the seats it contested.[13] In June 2018, the party expelled two of its local election candidates after Hope Not Hate linked one of them to the proscribed neo-Nazi group National Action and the white nationalist group Generation Identity and showed another as having posted racist and antisemitic content on social media.[14][12]

The party had one councillor, who sat on Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Richard Broughan, who was elected as a UKIP councillor in 2015, had previously been suspended from UKIP and suspended from a group of local independents before being expelled after a caution for assault.[15] Broughan lost his seat to Labour in the 2019 local elections, coming in last place in his ward.[16]

Some former BNP figures who are unable to join UKIP have headed For Britain meetings, including former councillors and the expelled former election chief Eddy Butler.[17] The party has been associated with a number of figures from the extreme right, including the Traditional Britain Group and Generation Identity.[18]

In September 2018, the media personality Katie Hopkins and the Holocaust denier Ingrid Carlqvist spoke at For Britain's conference. The American author Robert Spencer, then banned from entering the UK, appeared via video.[19] Before the conference, Hope Not Hate published results of an internal poll from the party, showing nearly half of For Britain's members supported a ban on immigration from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Somalia.[20]

At the 2019 local elections, For Britain won its first elected representation. A former BNP councillor, Julian Leppart, won a seat on Epping Forest District Council and Karen King won a seat on Hartlepool Borough Council.[21]

Electoral performance

Waters contested the 2018 Lewisham East by-election, receiving 266 votes (1.2% of the total) and losing her deposit.[22] In April 2019, the For Britain candidate, Hugh Nicklin, came last in the Newport West by-election with 159 votes, a 0.7% share.[23]

In the 2019 local elections, For Britain lost their only incumbent councillor, Richard Broughan (elected as UKIP to Stoke City Council) who had defected to the party. The party won two seats, with one councillor in De Bruce Ward on Hartlepool Borough Council and Ex-BNP councillor Julian Leppert representing Waltham Abbey Paternoster on Epping Forest District Council.[24]

Summary

Date of election Constituency Candidate Votes %
14 June 2018 Lewisham East Anne Marie Waters 266 1.2[25]
4 April 2019 Newport West Hugh Nicklin 159 0.7[26]

References

  1. ^ "View registration - The Electoral Commission". search.electoralcommission.org.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Humphries, Will (12 October 2017). "Ukip loser Anne Marie Waters will start far-right party". The Times. London. Retrieved 14 October 2017. (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c "Former UKIP leadership candidate to launch new far-right party". Politico. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. ^ "For Britain's only councillor banned from Stoke council premises". HOPE not hate. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  5. ^ Bull, Simon (17 July 2018). "News Shopper cleared by Ipso after For Britain complaint". News Shopper. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  6. ^ Rossiter, Keith (10 April 2018). "How the Liberal Democrats are making a comeback in Plymouth".
    - Pidd, Helen (18 May 2018). "Manchester victim's brother voices 'hostile environment' fears". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Registration summary - The For Britain Movement". electoralcommission.org.uk. Electoral Commission. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  8. ^ Luke Dolan (12 October 2017). "For Britain: The new political party launched by Ukip 'islamophobe' Anne-Marie Waters". Talk Radio.
  9. ^ O’Driscoll, Sean (10 October 2017). "Ukip reject Anne Marie Waters founds own far-right party". The Times. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  10. ^ "An important announcement from Paul Weston concerning the future of Liberty GB". libertygb.org.uk. Liberty GB. 27 November 2017.
  11. ^ Telegraph Reporters (17 April 2018). "Morrissey tackles Brexit, Hitler and hard-to-find eggs in bizarre self-published interview". The Telegraph.
  12. ^ a b "Meet the For Britain". hopenothate.org.uk. Hope Not Hate. 26 April 2018.
  13. ^ Andersson, Jasmine (4 May 2018). "Local elections 2018: The far-right loses out, and which LGBT+ councillors have secured a seat?". Pink News.
    - Walker, Peter (4 May 2018). "Ukip general secretary says party is 'like the Black Death'". The Guardian.
  14. ^ "Ex-member of neo-Nazi group was Leeds election candidate, claims anti-racism organization". RT. 7 June 2018.
  15. ^ "For Britain's only councillor banned from Stoke council premises – HOPE not hate". HOPE not hate. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
    - Corrigan, Phil (8 June 2018). "Should voters have the right to recall councillors?". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  16. ^ S, Serina; hu (3 May 2019). "Local elections 2019: Far-right For Britain wins first elected councillors". inews.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
    - Andrews, Rob; Corrigan, Phil; McInnes, Kathie; Jackson, Matt; Burn, Joe (3 May 2019). "LIVE: Stoke-on-Trent City Council election results 2019". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  17. ^ "EXPOSED: Ex-National Action and BNP members active in Anne Marie Waters' For Britain Movement – HOPE not hate". HOPE not hate. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  18. ^ "For Britain: a magnet for racists and nazis – HOPE not hate". HOPE not hate. 19 September 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Katie Hopkins and Muslim-only prisons: it's far-right conference season, too". New Statesman. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
    - "Katie Hopkins at the For Britain National Conference 2018". Youtube. For Britain. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
    - Townsend, Mark (23 September 2018). "Katie Hopkins to speak at far-right rally with Holocaust denier". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  20. ^ "For Britain's extreme policy plans leaked". HOPE not hate. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  21. ^ Sandhu, Serina (3 May 2019). "Local elections 2019: Far-right For Britain wins first elected councillors". inews.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Lewisham East by-election results 2018". Lewisham London Borough Council. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Labour wins Newport West by-election". BBC News. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  24. ^ Britain Elects https://twitter.com/britainelects/status/1124102665485606912
  25. ^ "Lewisham East constituency by-election on 14 June 2018". Lewisham London Borough Council.
  26. ^ "Newport West By-election results". Newport City Council.

External links