Senior Citizens Party
|Senior Citizens Party|
|Founded||January 22, 2004|
|Ideology||Rights of senior citizens|
|Politics of the United Kingdom
The party was founded in January 2004 by Grahame Leon-Smith, now the party leader, and Terry Pattinson. They claim that they had previously been lifelong Conservative and Labour Party voters respectively, Leon-Smith serving as a councillor for 6 years, but had become disillusioned by the breaking of the link between pensions and average earnings by the Conservatives and Labour's failure to restore it. They also campaign against council tax, proposing a local income tax, and campaign for free personal care for the elderly, free off-peak travel, and free television licenses.
The party won 42,861 votes in the South East in the European Parliament election, 2004 and stood candidates against Tony Blair and Michael Howard in the 2005 UK general election. Leon-Smith received 151 votes (0.3%) in Folkestone and Hythe, and Pattinson received 97 votes (0.2%) in Sedgefield. In the run up to the 2005 General Election the Senior Citizens Party had meetings discussing an electoral alliance with the English Democrats. In May 2006, Leon-Smith and Pattinson stood for the party in the Runnymede Borough Council election, receiving 261 votes between them.
According to their Electoral Commission registration, the leader, nominating officer and treasurer is Leon-Smith, whilst Pattinston is Campaigns Officers. Their accounts filed for the years 2004 and 2007 indicate that they had "approximately 4,000 members and associate members". The annual membership fee is £12, but associate members do not pay anything. The ratio of full to associate members is not specified. NOTE; The Senior Citizens Party no longer exists. In 2014 it merged together with UKIP.
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