EDL News profiles Andrew Eccles, who stood for the UK Independence Party in the Bury council elections last year. Eccles had previously been an activist in the British National Party, and at one point was selected as their candidate for the Hyndburn constituency in the 2010 general election. In the event he stood down and did not contest the seat, but he did stand as a BNP candidate for Hyndburn council.
Eccles was adopted as a UKIP candidate despite the fact that the party’s rules state clearly: “Membership is not available to anyone who is or has previously been a member of the British National Party, National Front, British Freedom Party, British People’s Party, English Defence League, Britain First or the UK First Party. Any applications made from people who are or have been members of these organisations will be refused, and any subscriptions collected will be refunded.”
Whether he’s campaigning for the BNP or UKIP, Eccles’ political motives are not hard to discern from his Facebook posts.