Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Posts Tagged ‘Redbridge’

Bye Bye BNP?

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 5th January, 2014

Nick GriffinNick Griffin, Leader of the British National Party and MEP for the North West of England, was declared bankrupt at his home town of Welshpool this week, but he announced that he will still be standing for re-election at the European elections on 22 May. He is legally entitled to do so, as bankruptcy is no longer a barrier to candidature and he will be entitled to a better redundancy package when he loses his seat in the polls, which I hope and believe he will. The BNP is a stain on multicultural Britain, but fortunately like most far-right groups it has been a hotbed of factionalism and personal rivalries. The other BNP elected as an MEP in 2009, for Yorkshire and the Humber, Andrew Brons — previously Chairman of the National Front — withdrew from the BNP and now sits under the label British Democratic Party. I suspect he will lose his seat as well, if he stands again. That is not just wishful thinking. Though far right fringe parties come and go in Britain, they are always a flash in the pan. The BNP had 12 councillors in the London borough of Barking & Dagenham, as well as a few in neighbouring Havering and Redbridge, for example, but subsequently lost the lot. It’s been a similar picture in the rest of the country, so that at the moment there are just three BNP councillors left in the whole of the UK. Given the way the party has imploded, how soon will be able to say farewell to them as well?


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Getting Britain’s Chinese to Vote

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 21st February, 2010

London’s Chinatown spilled well over onto the north side of Shaftesbury Avenue in Soho today, as a Chinese New Year Festival drew crowds of many thousands of revellers. There was also a serious side to at least part of the proceedings, as the team I have been invoved with that has been encouraging the Chinese community in Britain to register and vote not only had a stall at the event, but also hosted a spot on the main entertainment stage. This was compered by Joseph Wu, Chinese Programme Manager of Spectrum Radio, and various Chinese political spokesmen appeared, including the (Conservative) Mayor of Redbridge, Thomas Chan, and the LibDem parliamentary candidate for Hammersmith, Merlene Emerson. I also spoke briefly (as a member of Chinese Liberal Democrats, former student of Chinese and parliamentary candidate for Poplar & Limehouse, where the first Chinese community in London was established). The Electoral Commission has itself just launched a campaign to get UK Chinese to register to vote. Further details at:

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Another LibDem Surge in Redbridge

Posted by jonathanfryer on Friday, 24th April, 2009

kate-garrettThe Liberal Democrats came a very strong second to the Conservatives in yesterday’s council by-election in the Wanstead ward of Redbridge borough in greater London, even though the party has not traditionally been very active in the area. The LibDem candidate, Kate Garrett, lives in the ward, worked extremely hard and would have made a fine councillor. Next time, one hopes! Although the Tories held onto the seat, they are tearing themselves apart locally. There is an effective civil war within the Redbridge Conservative council group and to add to their woes, one of their councillors has just been arrested for alleged fraud. Conversely, the result of yesterday’s byelection is very good news for Leyton and Wanstead LibDems, in their campaign to win the currently Labour parliamentary seat (most of which is in the borough of Waltham Forest, where the LibDems have been advancing steadily) at the next general election.

Result in full: Conservative 1300, Liberal Democrat (Kate Garrett) 1030, Labour 694, Green 256, BNP 171, UKIP 33. Majority 270. Turnout 40.7%


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