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English Democrats launch general election campaign

Chairman Robin Tilbrook: "There is unfair devolution... as far as England is concerned"

The English Democrats party has launched its general election campaign at a spring conference in Doncaster.

The party is planning to field 120 candidates at the general election. In last year's European election, the party secured 1.8% of the vote.

It wants withdrawal from the European Union, more freedom from state control, and a separate parliament for England.

Chairman Robin Tilbrook says the English Democrats is the only party "trying to fight England's corner".

Mr Tilbrook said: "We get policies put forward by the British parliament which are against England's interests.

"We do need, as our policy says, a parliament for England, and a government for England with a first minister for England, with at least the same powers as the Scottish ones."

The party wants to end subsidies from Westminster to Scotland and Wales and abolish the regional assemblies set up across England.

He told the BBC the English Democrats were "unashamedly an English nationalist party".

He said: "We are in the same mould in that respect as the Scottish nationalists and Plaid Cymru for Wales."



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