An Independence from Europe

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An Independence from Europe
Leader Mike Nattrass
Founded 2012
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament group None
House of Commons
0 / 650
House of Lords
0 / 754
European Parliament
0 / 73
Local government
3 / 21,871
Website
http://www.aipmep.org/
Politics of the United Kingdom
Political parties
Elections

An Independence from Europe (also known as An Independence Party) is a British political party launched by Mike Nattrass MEP in 2013 following his deselection as a candidate by the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and subsequent departure from the party.[1] The party came seventh in the 2014 European elections, with 1.5% of the votes cast.[2]

History[edit]

Nattrass was elected as an MEP for UKIP in 2004, but was deselected by the party in 2013[3] and subsequently left it. He launched a new party, under the name An Independence Party, in November 2013. The Electoral Commission records that Nattrass registered the party name An Independence from Europe on 20 June 2012 and records an annual financial statement for the party filed on 18 March 2013.[4]

The party has three councillors on Lincolnshire County Council,[5] who were originally elected as UKIP candidates but subsequently left and defected.

The party stood a full slate of candidates in all the English regions at the 2014 European Parliament elections under the name An Independence from Europe. Candidates included Laurence Stassen,[6] a sitting independent MEP in the Netherlands, who was elected there as a candidate for the Party for Freedom; she stood in South East England as the number one candidate.

The similarity of the name and the party's description as 'United Kingdom Independence' has led UKIP to complain to the Electoral Commission. A spokesman for the Commission said that An Independence from Europe's name or self-description are not confusing or offensive, and are thus allowed.[7][8]

Its first electoral test was at the 2014 European Parliament election, where the party collected just under 1.5% of the national vote and failed to win any seats.[9]

Political views[edit]

The party supports the United Kingdom leaving the European Union[10] and is opposed to HS2.[11]

Nattrass told Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics that the new grouping did not believe in privatisation, especially for health services and "we are to the left of UKIP."[12]

Electoral performance[edit]

European Parliament election 2014
With 1.5% of the national vote, An Independence from Europe finished in seventh place.[13] It was the highest placed party to not win a seat, and polled more votes than the British National Party and the English Democrats. Following the election, UKIP claimed that An Independence from Europe's intervention had cost it a seat in South West England. Had UKIP polled an additional 15,158 votes, it would have won a third seat in the region instead of the Green Party; UKIP claimed that the 23,169 votes polled by An Independence from Europe meant it missed out on this third seat.[14]

Regional lists Votes  % +/- % MEPs
East Midlands 21,384 1.9 n/a 0
East of England 26,564 1.7 n/a 0
London 26,675 1.2 n/a 0
North East England 13,934 2.3 n/a 0
North West England 26,731 1.5 n/a 0
South East England 45,199 1.9 n/a 0
South West England 23,169 1.6 n/a 0
West Midlands 27,171 2.0 n/a 0
Yorkshire and the Humber 24,297 1.9 n/a 0
Total 235,124 1.5 n/a 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UKIP angry over 'confusing' Euro election name", BBC News, 23 April 2014
  2. ^ "An Independence from Europe 'costs UKIP a seat'". BBC News (BBC). 26 May 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mike Nattrass: West Midlands MEP 'failed' selection for UKIP". BBC News. 27 August 2013. Archived from the original on 27 August 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Electoral Commission registration search (search for "An Independence from Europe")
  5. ^ http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/local-democracy/about-your-county-councillor/
  6. ^ "About me". aurence Stassen. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "UKIP angry over similarly named rival party", BBC News, 23 April 2014
  8. ^ Christopher Hope "Ukip might lose Euro elections because of mistaken identity, says Nigel Farage", Daily Telegraph, 16 May 2014
  9. ^ "UK European election results", BBC News, 26 May 2014
  10. ^ An Independence from Europe YouTube video
  11. ^ AIP; Basic Policy in Brief
  12. ^ "An Independence from Europe's Mike Nattrass on elections", BBC News, 14 May 2014
  13. ^ "UK European election results", BBC News, 26 May 2014
  14. ^ "An Independence from Europe 'costs UKIP a seat'". BBC News. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 

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