Libertas United Kingdom

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Libertas UK may refer to three political parties in the United Kingdom: two are regional affiliates of Declan Ganley's Libertas Party Limited, one of which, Pro-Democracy: Libertas.eu, contended the 2009 European Parliament elections under a common banner with Libertas Party Limited. The third was formed by an associate of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

Pro-Democracy: Libertas.eu[edit]

Pro-Democracy: Libertas.eu
Leader Robin Matthews[1]
Founded 10 March 2009[1]
Headquarters 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1 0AU[1]
Ideology anti-Lisbon Treaty, Euroscepticism
European affiliation Libertas Party Limited
European Parliament group none
Colours blue, gold
Website
www.libertas.eu/uk/

Pro-Democracy: Libertas.eu is the name of the Libertas Party Limited affiliate in Great Britain.

On 10 March 2009 it was reported that Libertas intended to field candidates in the UK.[2] Kevin O’Connell, a former deputy director of Europol, former commander in the London Metropolitan Police, and former employee of Libertas[3] stated in The Sunday Times that "if Libertas would have me as a candidate, I would run.”[3] O’Connell was the first person to indicate a willingness to run for Libertas in Britain. Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), criticised Libertas's intention to run in the UK, stating: "I'm a little surprised that Libertas want to stand in the UK as their policy seems almost the same as David Cameron's Conservatives'." Ganley dismissed UKIP's position as "reactionary".[4] Former newspaper editor Bridget Rowe, Nigel Farage's press secretary, then registered Libertas UK with the United Kingdom Electoral Commission,[5] making it unclear whether Ganley's Libertas could field candidates in the UK under that name.[5] On 11 February 2009, Libertas announced the opening of its United Kingdom office[6] at Suite 6.8, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London, United Kingdom, SW1.[7] Ganley gave a press conference on 10 March 2009 at which the party was launched and he introduced Robin Matthews as its leader.[1][8]

The party originally registered under the name New Dawn for Europe: Libertas.eu, before changing its name to Pro-Democracy: Libertas.eu in April 2009.[9] It is under this name that the party fielded candidates in the June 2009 European Parliamentary elections.[10]

Personnel[edit]

Person Position
Robin Matthews Leader[1]
Andrew Jamieson Nominating Officer[1]
Nicholas Coke Treasurer[1]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Main article: Libertas.eu


Libertas NI[edit]

Libertas NI
Leader Robin Matthews[11]
Founded 11 March 2009[11]
Headquarters 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1 0AU[11]
Ideology anti-Lisbon Treaty, Euroscepticism
European affiliation Libertas Party Limited
European Parliament group none
Colours blue, gold
Website
www.libertas.eu/uk/

Libertas NI (abbr. unknown: LNI?) is the name of the Libertas Party Limited affiliate in Northern Ireland. It shared offices and some personnel with the Great Britain affiliate but had a different treasurer. It did not field candidates in the 2009 elections.

Personnel[edit]

Person Position
Robin Matthews Leader[11]
Andrew Jamieson Nominating Officer[11]
James Millard Treasurer[11]


Libertas UK[edit]

Libertas UK
Leader Bridget Rowe[12]
Founded 19 December 2008[12]
Headquarters 400 Main Road, Westerham Hill, TN16 2HP.[12]
Ideology unknown
European affiliation unknown
European Parliament group none
Colours unknown
Website
unknown

Libertas UK (abbr. unknown: LUK?) is the name of a political party that was registered to field candidates in England[12] for the 2009 Euroelections.

On 19 December 2008[12] former newspaper editor Bridget Rowe, a friend of Nigel Farage[5] of UKIP registered Libertas UK with the United Kingdom Electoral Commission,[5] making it unclear whether Ganley's Libertas Party Limited could field candidates in the UK under that name.[5] Rowe's Libertas did not field candidates in the 2009 elections.

Personnel[edit]

Person Position
Bridget Rowe Leader[11]
J.M. Greenbough Nominating Officer[12]
Damian Wilson Treasurer[12]


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