Christian Party (UK)

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Christian Party
Leader Jeff Green
Founded 2005
Ideology Christian right,
Euroscepticism,
Social conservatism
National affiliation Alliance for Democracy
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament group None
Colours Violet
Website
http://www.ukchristianparty.org/
Politics of the United Kingdom
Political parties
Elections

The Christian Party, which includes the Scottish Christian Party[1] and the Welsh Christian Party,[2] is a minor political party in Great Britain. Its leader is Jeff Green.

Policies[edit]

The party claims to use the talents of Christians in different callings to legislate against religious, spiritual, moral and social problems in society.[3]

At the time of the Scottish election in 2007, the Scottish Christian Party produced a manifesto[4] including the following:

  • a proposed referendum on the reinstitution of the death penalty for murder where there are at least two human witnesses.
  • legislation to ban abortion.
  • increased taxation on alcohol and tobacco.
  • initiatives to bring personal responsibility to bear upon "self-inflicted disease" (such as alcoholism).
  • zero tolerance on drug possession.
  • curfews for under-11s, with mandatory intervention of child protection agencies in relation to any child 10 years or younger who is found unaccompanied on the street after 9:00pm.
  • the reintroduction of the right of teachers to use corporal punishment in extreme circumstances.
  • greater observance of a weekly day of rest (Sunday).
  • limits around coastlines to preserve stocks of fish and sand eels.
  • promotion in schools of chastity before marriage.
  • re-instatement of Section 2A (also known as Section 28).
  • the re-introduction of corporate readings from the Bible in all Scottish state schools.
  • provision of Christian religious education on a mandatory basis, with no obligation to promote other faiths, regardless of the wishes of those being instructed or their parents. There currently exists a level of compulsory Christian observance in most British schools,[5][6][7] so these policies are calling for this to be increased.
  • a science curriculum which should "reflect the evidence of creation/design" in the universe (see Creation-evolution controversy).
  • public health campaigns to discourage homosexuality alongside excessive drinking and the use of addictive substances, whilst maintaining "God loves and we should love" such individuals.
  • the restoration of the right for parents to smack their children (as with prayer, this right currently exists and the policy is a call for an increase).
  • "Mind Pollution Levy" on 18 certificate films, DVDs, CDs, video games and top-shelf magazines.
  • a re-establishment of the principle of the innocent party in a divorce being acknowledged in any divorce settlement.
  • discouragement of the practice of addressing women as "Ms.".
  • opposition to the practice of altering birth certificates to reflect gender confirmation surgery.
  • replacing the standard of 'beyond reasonable doubt' with 'evidence of two or three reliable witnesses' in the criminal justice system.
  • that Mechanical Copyright Protection enjoyed by songwriters should be extended to featured recording artists and record producers.
  • a minimum royalty percentage (the level of which should be decided through consultation with the music industry) to be paid to featured recording artists and producers on exactly the same basis as is currently paid to songwriters.
  • increased restrictions on immigration.

In Wales, the party wants to see Wales represented on the Union Flag. The Christian Party appreciates that the red dragon would not be allowed on the flag of union, so instead promotes the inclusion of the Flag of Saint David.

Elections[edit]

The Rev Hargreaves (2nd from left in candidates line-up) and other candidates who contested the Glasgow Baillieston constituency in the Scottish Parliament election, 2007.

Candidates from the party stood in Sedgefield by-election, 2007 and Ealing Southall by-election, 2007. The party got 26,575 votes (0.7%) in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election and 8,693 votes (0.9%) in the 2007 Welsh Assembly Election; it did not come close to winning any seats.

Hargreaves stood for the party at the Haltemprice and Howden by-election, 2008 and got 76 votes or 0.3% of the total votes cast.

The party competed in the 2009 European elections. Their campaign was mainly focussed in London. The British Humanist Society had put up adverts on London buses saying there's probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life. The party then produces similar adverts saying there definitely is a God, so join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.'[8] The advert received over 1,000 complaints. On election day, they retained one deposit in the London region through gaining 51,336 votes (2.9%).

In the 2010 United Kingdom general election, the party stood 71 candidates, gaining 18,623 votes. The party gained the most votes in the Slough, where Sunil Chaudhary achieved 495 votes and 1.0%.

In June 2012 legal action was enacted on the Christian Party treasurer by the Electoral Commission of the UK for £2750 for failure to supply accounts for two years as well as for failure to pay previous fines.[9] The party de-registered the following month. Hargreaves was given a further 6 months to supply accounts, but failed to do so and was consequently fined a further £3000 on top of a previous fine of £1125 for failing to meet the deadline for provision of accounts.[10]

As a result, the party was de-registered in July 2012 and after the regulatory 6 months had elapsed, a new party was registered under a new party RPP with the new leadership of Jeff Green.

The newly registered Christian Party contested the Eastleigh by-election in February 2013 after the resignation of Chris Huhne with their candidate Kevin Milburn, a retired former prison officer and health care worker who stood against same-sex marriage.[11] He received 163 votes (0.4%).

Registration as a party[edit]

The party was registered by the Electoral Commission on 29 April 2004, with the name 'Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship!"'.[2] It has registered nine Party Descriptions, and two translations, to be used on ballot papers, namely:

  • Christian Party
  • Christian Party (Scotland)
  • Scottish Christian Party
  • Scottish Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship"
  • The Christian Party
  • The Scottish Christian Party
  • Welsh Christian Party
  • Welsh Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship"
  • Plaid Gristionogol Cymru
  • Plaid Gristionogol Cymru "Datgan Arglwyddiaeth Crist"

Maggie Harrold is the Party Treasurer and Dr. Donald Boyd is the Nominating Officer and leader of the Scottish Christian Party. The leader of the Welsh Christian Party is Revd. David Griffiths.

History[edit]

The party originated as Operation Christian Vote, which was founded by George Hargreaves (politician), a Pentecostal Minister and former songwriter, in May 2004. It was based in Stornoway, Scotland.[12] The party contested the 2004 European Elections in the Scotland constituency,[13] gaining 1.8% of the popular vote.

Hargreaves was a candidate for Operation Christian Vote in the Birmingham Hodge Hill by-election, where he received 90 votes, last place in a field of seven candidates, and lost his deposit. In the 2005 general election, Hargreaves stood in Na h-Eileanan an Iar, where he placed fourth, ahead of the Conservatives, and retained his deposit with 1,048 votes, or 7.6%.

The group was involved in protests, such as at Glasgow.[14]

The party became known as the Christian Party at the end of 2005.

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