Democrats and Veterans

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Democrats and Veterans Party
LeaderJohn Rees-Evans[1]
Deputy LeaderVacant
Party ChairmanGavin Felton[1]
General SecretaryIan Gorman[1]
Founded10 January 2018 (2018-01-10)
Headquarters29 Kilcredaun House,
Ferry Court
, CF11 0JG, Wales
Colours     Black
Slogan"We Serve"
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Official website

The Democrats and Veterans Party (DVP) is a political party in the United Kingdom.

The party was founded in 2018 by former UKIP member and Gulf War veteran Gavin Felton and other ex-servicemen of the British Armed Forces. John Rees-Evans, previously a UKIP leadership candidate, was announced as the first party leader, and Gavin Felton named as chairman.[3]

The party considers itself to be "broadly libertarian in character".[4] Its platform includes complete withdrawal from the European Union, direct democracy, and stronger support for veterans.[4]

Electoral performance[edit]


In January 2018, the party said it had 321 candidates "ready to fight seats throughout the country." It stated that it would target voters in Essex.[5] The party stood candidates in the May 2018 English local elections, but did not win any seats.[6]

The party fielded Massimo DiMambro as a candidate in the Lewisham by-election, who lost his deposit, having received under 5% of the vote.[7]

Date of election Constituency Candidate Votes %
14 June 2018 Lewisham East Massimo DiMambro 67 0.3[8]


  1. ^ a b c "EXECUTIVE BOARD". Democrats and Veterans. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Democrats and Veterans Party: Registration Summary". The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. ^ Williams, Patrick (21 January 2018). "Army vets on march with new party". Daily Star Sunday. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Our Values". The Democrats and Veterans Party. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Party's diarrhoea reference 'deliberate'". BBC News. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  6. ^ "England local elections 2018". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  7. ^ "Voting taking place in Lewisham East by-election". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  8. ^ "Lewisham East constituency by-election on 14 June 2018". Lewisham London Borough Council.