Biography Alan England – South West England Area Chairman
Alan England is a west countryman, having been born in Exeter, Devon where he went to school until his family relocated to London when his father took up a position in the Post Office Savings Bank. In researching his family history, Alan has traced his England lineage back to 1759 in Rockbeare.
Alan’s first employment was with the Legal & General in Aldwych which he left to join the Civil Service. His civil service employment was predominantly with the Ministry of Defence and included a short spell with the Land Commission. In the Ministry of Defence, Alan filled a variety posts in a number of locations in England. Consequently, he worked in all three Service Departments plus the Procurement Executive, and acquired experience in various employment disciplines which included logistics, development project financial control, management accounting, vote (budget) management, personnel management, and industrial relations.
Alan England was a Labour Party member for many years including the time when Michael Foot was Labour Leader and presided over the publication of the Party’s 1983 General Election manifesto, once described by Gerald Kaufman as “The longest suicide note in history”. As a Labour Party member, Alan was active at branch level but, being in a ‘politically restricted’ category, he did not stand in any public election as a Labour Party candidate.
Alan was also an active trade unionist who believes that trade unions are owned by their members, and not by their paid employees (who have their own trade unions)! Following the introduction of legislation which prescribed balloting rules, Alan secured election to his union’s national council. During this time, Alan acquired knowledge and practical experience of trade union and employment law, which included the preparation and presentation of cases before the (then) Industrial Tribunals and the Employment Appeals Tribunals.
As time elapsed, Alan became increasingly aware of the excessive dominance of Scots in both political and trade union affairs. Indeed, Scottish members of his trade union even had their own designated “Scottish Hotel” during annual conferences in venues such as Blackpool, Bournemouth, Brighton and Eastbourne! Eventually, following devolution to Scotland and Wales, he concluded that the Labour Party no longer represented him as an older, white, English male. Consequently, he allowed his membership to lapse in 2000.
Alan England joined the English Democrats in 2005 and, in addition to having been an elected member of the National Council was also National Secretary. In 2007, he stood as a Party candidate in elections to his parish council, Hambleton District Council and the Welsh Assembly.
Alan’s experience includes that of having been a Police Lay Visitor (now Independent Custody Visitors), a school governor of a primary school and a high school, and as a parish councillor. His interests include music (classical, jazz and popular), opera (he has sung in an number if choruses/choirs), politics, history, political biography, personal computer hardware, and watching cricket and rugby.