Tuesday 16 September 2014
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Why have an English Party?

The fact is there is no political party putting the interests of England first. All three major parties are "unionist" in outlook. This means that they see themselves representing the interests of all the three Celtic nations in the UK, irrespective of whether policies that support Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland disadvantage England. England has over 55 million people, we need our own distinct voice, no unionist party will put England first - we will.
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Are you just more of the same old politicians?

English Democrats are conviction politicians. Our party has gradually grown in numbers since 2002 to now well over 3,000. All our activists are volunteers, they receive no expenses for their travel, telephone etc, from the English Democrats or the UK or European tax payer - unlike those of the traditional parties many of whom are experts in milking the system.
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Are you against Britain?

"English & Proud" - that's what English Democrats are. We reject the argument that the creation of an English parliament would automatically lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom. An English parliament is necessary to restore equality between the British nations and stop the English being treated as being second class citizens in our own country. There have been referendums in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland leading to home rule. Devolution in these countries has had a major impact on the governance of England. The people of England too are entitled to be consulted and there should be a referendum for the creation of an English parliament. Our vision is for there to be parliaments for Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England in a new post devolutionary agreement.
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What are your origins?

The founding members of the English Democrats came together in 2002 when the party was launched at Imperial College London. Many of the founding members were members of the political campaign group the "Campaign for an English Parliament" (CEP). Our party consists of normal patriotic people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.

Politically our policies are neither left nor right. We have a commitment to a mixed economy and the provision of essential public services. We are implacably opposed to blind acceptance of globalisation economics based on cheap labour and the off-shoring of English jobs. We believe that there is a need to support our own manufacturing industry. We also believe that Charity Begins at Home and would prioritise help for the vulnerable and pensioners in our own country rather than giving away so much of our money to foreign governments and institutions – often ones with well-deserved reputations for financial malpractice.
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Are you racist?

Of course not! Comments about being racist are the favourite insults used by Liberal Democrats, Tories and Labour, as well as the politically correct in general, as their objective is to trade on self hatred and anti-Englishness. National pride is nothing to be ashamed of and being English is not racist. Every country has ethnic minorities. You do not have to be English to support the English Democrats and we welcome support from all who share our aims. All the people of England are affected by the injustices created by the botched devolution and the preservation of English culture is in the interests of all.
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Are you anti European?

There is often confusion in answering this question. We are very interested in having good and productive relationships with all the countries in Europe, but we do not believe in political union, i.e. we reject the concept of a United States of Europe under the auspices of the European Union (EU). We believe that the people of England have been betrayed by British Labour, Liberal Democrats and Conservatives & Unionists alike, with half truths and lies being told which have resulted in our country being stripped of its right to make laws on our own behalf. We reject any attempt to break England into Euro Regions, removing England's status as a nation and demand a vote on the EU Constitution and call for immediate withdrawal from political union with the EU.

We want to be friends and trading partners with Europe - but we don't want to be run by Brussels. We would never support joining the Euro and believe laws to penalise people who buy goods in imperial measures are draconian and antidemocratic.
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What would we do if we left the EU?

We do not believe the EU has brought many advantages to English businesses, in fact we believe the contrary to be the case. Onerous and expensive bureaucracies have flourished issuing masses of legislative requirements which make our industries uncompetitive in comparison to the rest of the world. At the same time the EU is admitting vast amounts of trade from low cost countries like China and India, without their need to meet the same stringent standards. The consequence is our manufacturing base and production facilities are closing down and re-locating, where the bureaucracy and costs are so much cheaper. This process will in time be catastrophic for England and many European nations. The EU seems powerless to protect its own vital strategic interests and we have no faith that the people who are running the EU (faceless and unaccountable bureaucrats) have the skills or ability to make a success of the venture. We will always oppose being part of the Eurozone.
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If we left the EU Would our trade suffer?

We do not believe the EU has brought many advantages to English businesses, in fact we believe the contrary to be the case. Onerous and expensive bureaucracies have flourished issuing masses of legislative requirements which make our industries uncompetitive in comparison to the rest of the world. At the same time the EU is admitting vast amounts of trade from low cost countries like China and India, without their need to meet the same stringent standards. The consequence is our manufacturing base and production facilities are closing down and re-locating, where the bureaucracy and costs are so much cheaper. This process will in time be catastrophic for England and many European nations. The EU seems powerless to protect its own vital strategic interests and we have no faith that the people who are running the EU (faceless and unaccountable bureaucrats) have the skills or ability to make a success of the venture. We will always oppose being part of the Eurozone.
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What's your view on fox hunting, abortion and other contentious issues?

The English Democrats have sought to steer away from issues which are largely a matter of conscience. Legislation is not always the answer to everything. Sometimes education and changing social attitudes is a better way to deal with the activities society finds problematic. The English Democrats hold dear original English Liberal values of freedom of choice and freedom from the state on the activities of the individual. Also, legislation can only really be considered if it is likely to be enforceable at a realistic cost. We know some people feel very strongly about homosexuality, animal rights and the right to life for the unborn child as well as matters such as euthanasia and stem cell research are also crowding an area of policy which is controversial and full of lively debate.

The party trusts its representatives to make decisions on these matters using their own conscience, guided by our Christian heritage and the need to protect life in all stages and society. It is for this reason that the party has no firm policies on such issues and would leave them as a "free vote" to our representatives. The issue of fox hunting was part of a wider issue relating to a political attack by the Labour Party on rural England and we fully support rural communities to decide for themselves if they want fox hunting or not.

The right to life for the unborn child as well as matters such as euthanasia and stem cell research are also crowding an area of policy which is controversial and full of lively debate.
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Derek Hilling - West Midlands
Steve Uncles - South East 
Stephen Morris - North West 
Ian Sutton - Yorkshire & Humber
Kevin Riddiough - North East
Kevin Sills - East Midlands 
Jenny Knight - London 
Robin Tilbrook - East of England
Alan England - South West