John Ryde is a well-respected member of Newbold Verdon Parish Council. He is a well-known and popular figure in his community, a leader in campaigns on behalf of the residents in his village. The picture above shows John at one the protests he orchestrated against a proposed travellers' site which threatens to destroy countryside and wildlife on the edge of Newbold, a prospect the residents are very angry about.
John has sent us these very interesting clippings from his collection, seen below (click to enlarge):
He told us:
" I am standing as a British National Party candidate for the Mallory Division of Leicestershire County Council on June 4th.
I've just discovered these old press cuttings, when I stood in virtually the same seat in 1973. I believe that I came 2nd. then and am hoping to improve on that this time."
We wish John every success in the election on June 4th., it will be well-deserved.