I joined the party at the end of 1999 and before I even got my membership card, I was asked to become the Lewisham and Bromley Group Organiser.
Then in 2004, I was awarded the George Flaxton Memorial Award for Activist of the Year and was made the London Regional Organiser. In the same year I moved across to Barking and Dagenham to become the Barking and Dagenham Branch Organiser and fought 3 by-elections, of which we came second in two and first in one with a staggering 52%.
In 2005 I stood in Barking and achieved the highest parliamentary vote for the Party to date, of 19%.
In 2006, I was presented with awards for both the best campaign organiser, and most new councillors. This is when we got an unprecedented 12 councillors elected out of 13 candidates in Barking and Dagenham’s local elections.
In 2007, I was given a Certificate of Appreciation by the Party for the work that I did as official Leader of the Opposition on Barking and Dagenham Council.
In 2008 I was the Mayoral Candidate for the GLA and beat UKIP and was elected with 130 000 plus votes to the GLA as a London-wide member.
In 2009, with the BNP councillors and myself, we returned the highest vote for a borough/local area and won the highest percentage of votes nationally in the European elections.
Now how do you think all this was achieved? The answer is very simple, like most things in life: hard work, walking the streets, backed up by a dedicated and motivated team of supporters, talking to the electorate and experiencing the same grievances and concerns. None of this has been brought about by sitting in an ivory tower. But by actually connecting with people, and responding to their daily needs and concerns in a practical way.