United Kingdom First Party

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United Kingdom First Party
Leader Robin Page[1]
Founded 2009[1]
Dissolved 2010
Headquarters PARTY DEFUNCT
&
De REGISTERED
Ideology Populism[2],
Euroscepticism,
Conservatism
Political position Right-wing
National affiliation Alliance for Democracy
Official colours Red, white and blue
Website
www.ukfp.org

The United Kingdom First Party was a small populist, Eurosceptic[2] British political party. It was created in 2009 and includes a number of former members of United Kingdom Independence Party seeking independence from The EU but with transparency, probity and an ethical base. It fielded candidates in three English regions for the 2009 European parliamentary elections: the East Midlands, the East of England and the South East.[3]

The party has agreed to work with the Popular Alliance during the election, in order to achieve the two parties' goals, with the two parties saying they have "similar backgrounds" and "similar goals".[2]

Policies

The party places its opposition to British membership of the European Union in the context of a desire to reduce “the cost, the scope and the number layers of government.”[4] It has set out a brief summary of its policies, with an undertaking to develop them further after the European elections, influenced by the outcome, towards simpler taxation, smaller Government and less centralisation.

The party also claims to believe in freedom for Britain to negotiate its own trade deals individually or as part of a trade bloc, free speech, and the ability to "hold politicians to account through referenda.[5][6]

This party has de-registered and is now defunct - the website has been lapsed but further details of its activities and closure can be found at website = summary-this blogspot was not the official website but one set up by Greg Lance Watkins to comment on the party. .

European Parliament election, 2009

Candidates for the European Parliament in 2009 included journalist and former presenter of One Man and His Dog, Robin Page, and former United Kingdom Independence Party chairman Petrina Holdsworth.

The candidates pledged to serve only one term, not to employ family members, to publish their accounts and refuse invitations to “sit on committees of the European Parliament nor attend the plenaries in Brussels and Strasbourg except in the case of a vote which the party leadership regards as of critical importance to British interests.”[7]

At the 2009 European election, UK First received 74,000 votes just 0.5% of the national vote and none of its candidates were elected,this was however a sound result for a party which was formed shortly before the European Elections.

MEP candidate list, 2009

Eastern Region South East Region East Midlands Region
Robin Page Petrina Holdsworth Ian Gillman
Bruce Lawson Martin Haslam David Noakes
John West John Petley Christopher Elliot
Peter Cole Mariann French
Len Baynes Nadine Platt

See also


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Register of Political Parties. Electoral Commission. Retrieved on 2 June 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Two parties from very similar backgrounds. Popular Alliance/United Kingdom First Party. Retrieved on 2 June 2009.
  3. Our candidates. United Kingdom First Party. Retrieved on 2 June 2009.
  4. Policies. United Kingdom First Party. Retrieved on 2 June 2009.
  5. What we stand for. United Kingdom First Party. Retrieved on 2 June 2009.
  6. Our policies in brief. United Kingdom First Party. Retrieved on 2 June 2009.
  7. MEP Statement. United Kingdom First Party. Retrieved on 2 June 2009.