Andrew Brons, Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and Humberside, has declared his candidacy for the upcoming leadership election to be held in the British National Party.
Mr Brons’s candidacy will replace and take over the campaign started by Richard Edmonds, with his full support and encouragement.
“This challenge is not an ideological battle, nor is it personal,” Mr Brons said.
“It is primarily concerned with rectifying the party’s internal organisation and ways of handling differences of opinion,” said Mr Brons.
“Our campaign will be based five core principles,” Mr Brons said.
“Firstly, we want to save the party from a haemorrhaging of members, especially activists.
“Secondly we must face up to and deal with the financial mismanagement which has afflicted our party. There is also an urgent need for financial transparency.
“Thirdly, we need to change the party’s constitution to make it more accessible and democratic to the members. It must also embrace a collegiate leadership.
“Fourthly, we need to change the culture of the party with regards to members’ interactions with each other.
“Finally we need to halt the practice of using the internal security and disciplinary procedure as a factional tool,” said Mr Brons.
The campaign staff already assembled for Mr Edmonds’s campaign, including his election agent, Chris Roberts, will make up the core team of Mr Brons’s campaign.
“We have mounted an all-out attempt to save the party,” said Mr Edmonds. “Many of us are of the opinion that the dangers caused by self-inflicted damage could see the British National Party irreparably damaged.
“Mr Brons is the ideal candidate to unite and heal the wounds within our party,” Mr Edmonds continued.
“Mr Brons brings the benefit of his many years of experience and service to our movement. He is a man of integrity and proven selfless devotion to our cause and is respected by all.
“I welcome most warmly his decision to step forward at this time of crisis. We need every person of goodwill if we are to succeed in the effort of saving our party and country.
“I thank all the members and supporters who have helped, aided and encouraged me when I was the challenger. Mr Brons must be supported by all,” concluded Mr Edmonds.