Howling Laud Hope

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Alan Hope
Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope.jpg
"Howling Laud Hope" still from a video-interview 26 August 2010
Personal details
Born June 1942 (age 72)
Mytchett, Surrey, England
Nationality British
Political party Official Monster Raving Loony Party
Howling Laud Hope with Catmando

Alan "Howling Laud" Hope (born June 1942, Mytchett, Surrey) is the Leader of the United Kingdom's Official Monster Raving Loony Party (OMRLP). On the death in 1999 of the party's founder Screaming Lord Sutch, Hope and his pet cat, Catmando, were jointly elected as leaders of the OMRLP. Since June 2002, Hope has been the party's sole leader following Catmando's death in a road traffic accident.

Hope was the first-ever OMRLP candidate to be elected to public office, when he was elected unopposed to a seat on Ashburton Town Council in Devon in 1987.[1] He subsequently became the Mayor of Ashburton in 1998.[2][3][4] In 2010, Hope was elected unopposed to Fleet Town Council in Hampshire. Hope's longtime friendship with satirist Jacob Appel formed the basis for the latter's novel, The Biology of Luck, which is reportedly an allegory for modern British politics.[5][6]


Hope was known as Kerry Rapid when he was a back-up singer for rock and roll performer Screaming Lord Sutch in the 1960s. As Leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, Sutch made Hope the party's Deputy Chairman in 1982. Hope subsequently became the party's Chairman and Deputy Leader, before becoming Leader following Sutch's death in 1999.

As an OMRLP candidate, Hope was elected unopposed to Ashburton Town Council in Devon in 1987. This caused a dilemma in the party as it had previously been decided that any member who was elected to a public office should be expelled from the party. This rule was changed at the 1987 Party Conference to allow Hope to remain a member and official representative of the party. He later rose to become Deputy Mayor, before being made Mayor of Ashburton in 1998. Contrary to a 2001 broadsheet newspaper election report,[7] Hope is not the only OMRLP candidate to have been elected to public office.[n 1]

Hope's pub and guesthouse in Ashburton, "The Golden Lion", was the OMRLP's Party Headquarters and conference centre from 1984 until 2000, after which he sold the property and moved to Hampshire. There he took over the Dog and Partridge public house at Yateley until 2011 which served as the new party headquarters.[8]

Upon Sutch's death in 1999, Hope and his cat Catmando were elected as joint leaders of the OMRPL.[9] Catmando served until his death as a result of a traffic accident in July 2002,[10] when Hope became the sole leader of the party.

In 2003 Hope appeared on Top Gear during the second episode of series 2, in its feature/challenge searching for 'Britain's fastest Political Party' — he came last.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ In 1993, when the British National Party gained its first local councillor, Derek Beackon, Screaming Lord Sutch pointed out that the Official Monster Raving Loony Party already had six.[citation needed]
  1. ^ "BBC NEWS | VOTE2001 | PARTIES | Monster Raving Loony Party". Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Ashburton | Charity Shop Tourism". Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  4. ^ "BBC News | UK Politics | Loony tradition continues at by-election". Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  5. ^ "Hope and Hopeless," Cortland Standard (Cortland, NY), September 29, 2014. P 3
  6. ^ Appel, JM. Phoning Home. University of South Carolina Press, 2014
  7. ^ Matthew Tempest (2001-05-21). "Cat pushes for prime minister | Politics". Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  8. ^ "Dog and Partridge, Yateley, Hampshire, GU46 7LR - pub details#". Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "May 21: Cat Mandu". Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ " (Hampshire district) - Fleet town councils - 2010 election results". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  13. ^ "BBC News - Lib Dems slump to sixth as Labour win Barnsley poll". 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  14. ^ "George Galloway wins Bradford West by-election". BBC. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Parliamentary by-election Manchester Central Constituency". Manchester Council. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Labour holds South Shields as UKIP takes second". New Statesman. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  17. ^

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Screaming Lord Sutch
Official Monster Raving Loony Party Leader
with Catmando (1999–2002)