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Sunday, 13 November 2011

Speech PM Sept '10


Ladies and Gentlemen

We are the English Democrats Party and as democrats we should always be campaigning to improve how democracy works in England.

As democrats we believe in the sovereignty of our people, the sovereignty of the English Nation, rather than the old idea of the monarch in Parliament as being the sovereign.

That is why direct democracy - like having referenda on issues is very much part of our agenda.

As a lawyer, I also prefer to be involved in initiatives that have real legal teeth and using a petition to campaign for a directly elected mayor has real legal teeth.

If you get the signatures of 5% of your local authority’s electors, then there must be, by law, a referendum on having a directly elected mayor.

If the majority of the local electorate vote in favour of having a directly elected mayor, then there must be by law a directly elected mayor. So Ladies and Gentlemen our discussions now will be about our Party’s initiative to push for directly mayors throughout England.

Ladies and Gentlemen as I stand before you I can tell you that we, as a Party, have now registered our petitions with every relevant local authority in England that does not either have a directly elected mayor already, or has not conducted a referendum on it in the last 10 years. The law does not allow a second referendum within 10 years of the previous one.

This is a really exciting initiative which the English Democrats are spearheading and which could make a dramatic difference to the way local governments are run up and down the country.

We have registered with every District Council, every Borough Council, every Unitary Council, every County Council and every City Council.

Where you can run the campaign yourselves and get the signatures I would urge everyone of you to get involved. Also wherever possible encourage activists from other parties and those who are independents in local government to do likewise.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be able to introduce our next speaker, Professor Colin Copus from the De Montfort University in Leicester.

Colin is the leading academic commentator on directly elected mayors and has written this book which I would recommend to you all.

It certainly helped broaden my understanding of what a directly elected mayoralty may be able to achieve.

Colin has come to explain some of the constitutional and political significance of what we are trying to achieve. Ladies and Gentlemen, without any more ado, will you please welcome Professor Colin Copus.

Ladies and Gentlemen, our second speaker on this important issue is our own English Democrats Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies. The London centric, the Financial Times, described him as “the Boris of the North”. Although I should say that Peter always likes to describe Boris Johnson as the “Peter of the South”.

Peter is here to tell us about the advantages of the mayoral system for local government and for our democracy in England.


  1. If I were Mr Davies I would not want any association with that feckless oaf. He is yet another politician who would do and say anything to please the powers that be.

  2. There are currently 401 people for every square kilometre in England, making it the most dense nation in Europe.

    Excluding small islands and city states, such as Malta or Monaco, only Bangladesh, Taiwan, South Korea, Lebanon and Rwanda are more crowded.

    It is even more crowded than India, based on numbers per square km.

    The research, by Migration Watch UK, also found that more than 90 per cent of immigrants in the UK live in England.

    The group's chairman Sir Andrew Green said: "The immigration lobby like to talk about the UK, obscuring the fact that England is six times as crowded as Scotland.

    "Since the vast majority of immigrants come to England, it is England's place in the league table that counts. Leaving aside city states and small islands, England lies sixth among the most crowded countries in the world.

    "As people sit in traffic jams or squeeze onto their morning trains it will be clearly ridiculous to claim that their eyes are deceiving them and there is not a problem simply because places like the Maldives or Mayotte have higher population densities than England."