Britain First might stand for Cumbernauld Holyrood seat

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 18:18 on 19 May 2015

Britain First    Politics

Britain First at Cumbernauld railway station late last month. Picture: courtesy of Bill Henry.

FAR-RIGHT extremist group Britain First has failed to rule out standing in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency in next year’s Scottish Parliament election, vowing instead that they will return to the town in the future.

The group claimed that they had received a “very supportive” reception in Cumbernauld when activists travelled to the town for a Scottish conference, late last month.

Between eight and ten Britain First activists turned out at Cumbernauld railway station on April 29th, in what was intended to be a show of strength ahead of a Scottish members’ conference to discuss future activities. 

Gathering at Cumbernauld railway station from around 7pm, on April 29th, for a formal meet-up at the station at 7:30pm, the group’s activists stood in defiance against the ‘Unite Against Fascism’ protestors, who outnumbered Britain First’s activists by near enough three to one. 

Britain First – an organisation whose mission statement lists the organisation as being a: “patriotic political party and street defence organisation that opposes and fights the many injustices that are routinely inflicted on the British people” – has earned a reputation for raiding mosques and promoting anti-Islamic rhetoric.

The late April visit to Cumbernauld is Britain First’s second known ‘official’ campaign meet-up in Cumbernauld, after activists stormed Cumbernauld’s £1.8million mosque in May 2014 – a raid described by worshipers in the mosque at the time as “very intimidating, hostile and threatening.”

Britain First has vowed to return to Cumbernauld in the near future, however, and has even suggested that they might field a local candidate in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

Speaking to Cumbernauld News after his group’s visit to Cumbernauld, Paul Golding, leader of Britain First said that he would “definitely not” rule out fielding candidates for the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency in the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

The group has pledged to field candidates throughout Scotland in next year’s Holyrood election, which is expected to be held on Thursday 5th May, 2016. 

It would not be the first time that the group has fielded candidates at an election in Scotland.

In last year’s European Parliament election, the Britain First party fielded six candidates for the Scotland constituency: Jim Dowson, John Randall, Jayda Fransen, Geoffrey Clynch, Margaret Clynch, and, Jane Shepherd. 

According to the Electoral Commission, the Britain First party (first registered on January 10th, 2014) spent £570.07 during the European Parliament election last year – all of which was spent on campaign broadcasts in either Scotland or Wales.