Freedom Party (United Kingdom)
This article is about the defunct Freedom Party (UK). For the current, similarly named, party see British Freedom Party
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The party was founded in December 2000 by former members of the British National Party (BNP), dubbed "ultra-Tories" by BNP leader Nick Griffin, who were disaffected with the party's refusal to moderate its position on race. They were expelled following a feud with the BNP leadership and allegations of financial irregularities and misconduct. Most prominent were two party activists in the West Midlands, husband and wife Steve Edwards (who became Freedom Party agent) and Sharron Edwards (formerly deputy chairman of the BNP and then deputy chairman of the Freedom Party). Adrian Davies was Party Chairman and Michael Newland was the treasurer.
The party was primarily anti-immigration, although it claimed to place more of an emphasis on culture rather than race. It was more mainstream on issues such as race than the British National Party, with which it had a stormy relationship. The party aimed to appeal to 'reasonable people'. It believed in a Keynesian approach to the economy, and was also protectionist.
In 2004 the Freedom Party was involved in founding the English Lobby, a pressure group and electoral coalition which campaigns for the recognition of St George's Day and the creation of an English Parliament. The Freedom Party has since withdrawn from the Lobby.
The Freedom Party first stood in 2001 for Staffordshire County Council in Wombourne South West. In May 2003, Sharron Edwards was elected in that ward with 640 votes (40.54%), holding her seat until 2007. The party's only candidate in the 2005 general election was Adrian Davies, who contested South Staffordshire. The death of a candidate led to the election there being postponed from May 5th to June 23rd. The Freedom Party polled 473 votes (1.7%).
- Freedom Party Home Page "The Freedom Party is now closed. This resource now provides a resource for nationalist views of the kind which we believe are needed if Britain and its people are to continue to exist, and a model for what we believe is the sort of party Britain requires but which does not currently exist. The steady readership enjoyed by the site reflects growing support for what were only a few years ago demonised opinions. As yet, however, this shift in outlook has not reflected itself in any substantial public willingness to support change".
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