Islamic Party of Britain
|Islamic Party of Britain|
|Leader||David Musa Pidcock|
|European Parliament group||None|
|Politics of the United Kingdom
The Islamic Party of Britain is a defunct political party in the United Kingdom that was active from its formation in 1989 until 2006. The IPB was Islamist, opposed to both capitalism and communism. David Musa Pidcock, a Sheffield man who converted from Roman Catholicism to Islam while working as an engineer in Saudi Arabia, founded and led the party. The IPB published a quarterly magazine entitled Common Sense.
The Islamic Party never achieved a seat in either house of Parliament. Pidcock represented the party in the Bradford North by-election, 1990, earning 800 votes (2.2%), finishing fourth of ten candidates.
In the 1992 General Election, the party stood candidates in each of the three constituencies in the City of Bradford. All of them finished last, with Pidcock in Bradford West doing the best, with 471 votes (0.96%). The Islamic candidate in Bradford North received fewer votes than the candidate for the satirical Monster Raving Loony Party.
Relations with other parties
The party believed in equal treatment under the law regardless of an individual's status, income or ethnicity. The IPB argued that religion is the most important thing in life. It called for reform of the British banking system to make it interest-free and Islamic, and for increased trade with the Islamic world. At one time, the party answered questions sent in by readers. It[who?] argued that homosexuality needed treatment, was not to be tolerated and that homosexuals should be put to death for a "public display of lewdness", a policy that was condemned by Peter Tatchell.
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