British Democrats candidate Christopher Bateman has won a remarkable by-election victory in Noak Bridge, Basildon, Essex.


Christopher Bateman
British Democrats – 248 = 74%

Charlie Sansom
Independent – 80 = 24%

Turnout = 15%
Spoilt ballots = 5

This was the first time the British Democrats had stood a candidate in this area of Basildon. Noak Bridge residents had never even received a leaflet from us before this by-election was triggered. So achieving 74% is a fantastic result.

Cristopher Bateman with a leafleting team in Noak Bridge

In recent months, the British Democrats have had an influx of serious and experienced political activists who are working hard on behalf of residents in local communities, and this by-election result shows the progress we are making at the local grassroots level.

Polling 74% in an election is a good result by anyone’s standards, but this particular result is even more impressive as Christopher was up against an Independent candidate who was formerly Chairman of South Basildon Conservatives and also a candidate for Wickford Independents at a previous Basildon borough council election. Independent candidates standing at local elections have been very successful in recent years. However, on this occasion the British Democrats electioneering techniques were superb to say the least.

Noak bridge is a very nice part of Essex with a real community feel to it. It’s an example of how British villages used to be, where people actually know their neighbours, unlike many towns and cities across the country these days. Christopher fought a clean and positive campaign that was based on local issues and improving Noak Bridge for all of the residents. There was a flurry of smears against the British Democrats posted onto social media in an attempt to disrupt our slick and professional campaign. This obviously backfired in spectacular style!

British Democrats activists on election day

Councillor Bateman told our website team,

“I would like to thank the tireless activists who helped me achieve this stunning result. Your efforts made this by-election win possible. I will now endeavour to represent the residents of Noak Bridge to the best of my ability”

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