‘Honoured that you are writing my father’s biography’ the late Tony Benn, ‘...wonderfully written’ Hilary Benn

‘Sparkles with fascinating detail…a remarkable story of Liberal and Labour politics in the first half of the twentieth century.’ Michael Crick, Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News

‘Casts much light both on the evolution of British radicalism, and on the legacy which he bequeathed to his son, Tony. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King's College, London

‘Brilliant biography…wonderful reading about the father and...discovering more about the son.’ Steve Richards of The Independent

‘Well-written and carefully researched, this fascinating biography brings to life a major figure in British political history…an excellent job of weaving together the strands of a complex life…as well as filling in the background of the Benn family’ Richard Doherty, military historian

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

English Democrat Defection and the Right's Tangled Web

Today we have another example of instability in the tangled web of parties on the right of British politics.

Peter Davies, the English Democrats’ elected mayor of Doncaster, has quit the party. Davies is a former member of the Labour Party, the Conservatives and of UKIP, and now also a former member of the English Democrats, continuing to sit as an independent.
Peter Davies cited infiltration of the English Democrats by former (and in at least one case, current) BNP supporters as the reason for his defection.

The BNP has been convulsed by leadership problems and defections. Many former members have left, including one of the party’s two MEPs, Andrew Brons. His assistant, Chris Beverley recently defected from the BNP to the English Democrats.

So, the musical chairs continue, but who will be sitting where when the electoral tune stops?

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