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Nigel Farage was left shocked on the variety of individuals residing in Leicester who not class themselves as English because the St George Society is pressured to shut down.

Speaking to Stephen Warden on GB News – Chairman of the Leicestershire department – Mr Farage requested if he felt the dearth of membership was as a consequence of a “diminution in Englishness and wanting to celebrate it”.

Mr Warden stated: “There is certainly a diminution. In fact, looking at the 2021 census in Leicester, there’s been a 52 percent rise in the Asian population in Leicester in the last 10 years.

“This is authorized immigration so they’re doing what lots of expats are doing, however sadly it is diluting Englishness on this metropolis. In reality, from the identical census, solely 8.2 % of individuals in Leicester now class themselves as English.”

The statistic left Farage in shock, as he simply said “wow” in response to the figure.

The Royal Society of Saint George in Leicestershire was left with only five active members when it made the decision to stop the group, claiming “St. George is all however useless and buried”.

Though the group still have members in Leicester, there is no branch after the decision was made to close it in March.

Mr Warden spent £1,500 of his own money advertising the group, yet only attracted one new member over a period of years.

He said: “I do know in my coronary heart, I did every thing humanly doable to get new members in from the native surroundings, they only weren’t enthusiastic about becoming a member of. The pool of doable members has diminished.”

St George is the English patron saint whereas additionally taken because the nationwide saint in different international locations.

The department discovered it notably tough to seek out new members to exchange older ones who may not participate, leaving them with no alternative however to shut the department.

Stephen says he approached a neighborhood academic institute who refused his fliers as a consequence of “fear of offending international students”.

Stephen, who stays a member of the society as a complete, additionally claims to having proposals for a St. George’s Day parade rejected by Leicester City Council.