May 2 2003
Freedom Party wins first council seat
The Freedom Party has won its first ever council election in the West
Deputy Chairman Sharron Edwards was elected to South Staffordshire District
Council in Wombourne South West Ward.
Mrs Edwards won 641 votes (40.6%) giving her first place. The
second and third places were taken by Conservatives with 483 and 457 votes.
The Freedom Party was formed only two-and-a-half years ago but has succeeded
in building effective local organisations in several areas. It has
now proved its future potential by building a sufficient degree of prominence
and recognition to win an election. Our party has focused on addressing
the local concerns of residents. We have not attempted to be elected on
the basis of a protest vote, but on ability to serve local people in the
manner which was once associated with the three old parties.
The Freedom Party came into being as a result of the growing numbers
of people of all political backgrounds who have concluded that the political
establishment in our country is bent on nothing less than the systematic
dismantling of our society. Many among their number may not wish
this to come about, but a variety of considerations has largely silenced
any significant opposition. The people of this country feel increasingly
disenfranchised, and there has been the lack of a new party capable of
being regarded as serious and responsible in nature.
Many people still believe that the present political establishment is
too entrenched to be removed or even seriously challenged. The Freedom
Party believes that there are huge opportunities ahead for legitimate opposition,
and that the traditional attachment of voters to the old parties is eroding
Winning an election clearly signals that our political project is a
viable one, which is capable of growing and developing into many other
areas of the country.