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Robin William Charles Tilbrook (1958, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is a solicitor and English politician, the chairman and founder member of the English Democrats.He was a member of the Conservative Student Association and a member of the Conservative Party, at one time a Conservative candidate for Ongar Town council. He founded the English National Party in 1997, and then relaunched the party as the English Democrats in 2002 to campaign for an English Parliament.
He has stood as a candidate for the English Democrats in local, parliamentary and European elections. Standing in Epping Forest, he received 1.4% of the vote in the 2005 General Election, 4.4% at 2005 County Council elections, 18.2% in the 2007 District Council elections, and 11.3% in the 2009 County Council elections.
He gained 2.01% of the vote as the lead candidate for the Eastern region in the 2009 European elections. He says of the English Democrats that “We’re hoping to do what the Scottish National Party managed to do in the 1970s and break through to being able to influence what happens in Parliament about England”. Tilbrook says the English Democrats “agitates for anyone living in England.
His notion of Englishness is akin to American notions of “Americanness” – that you can be from any ethnic background and still wrap yourself in the flag.” He has criticized spending on St. Patrick’s Day in London when he says too little is spent on St. George’s Day. He argues that the money given by the UK to the EU is given to other parts of the country at the expense of England, which makes his party Eurosceptic.
Robin was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire, gained a BA (Hons) in Politics and Economics from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and then studied at the College of Law, Chester.
He was a Coldstream Guardsman, and has worked in a factory, in junior management, and as a teacher at primary and secondary level. He is a solicitor in Willingale, Essex.
He is the son of Brigadier Thomas William Tilbrook (deceased) (Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars) and Jacqueline Tilbrook (née Mackillican). He is a member of the Church of England, and is married with two girls and a boy.