Libertarian Party (UK)

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Libertarian Party
LeaderAdam Brown[1]
Founded21 November 2007; 12 years ago (2007-11-21)[2]
HeadquartersBM LPUK, London, WC1N 3XX
Youth wingYoung Libertarians[3]
IdeologyLibertarianism[4]
Classical liberalism[4]
Euroscepticism[4]
International affiliationInternational Alliance of Libertarian Parties[5]
Interlibertarians[6]
European Parliament groupEurope of Freedom and Direct Democracy
Colours     Blue      Gold
Website
libertarianparty.co.uk

The Libertarian Party, also known as the Libertarian Party UK (LPUK), is a libertarian political party in the United Kingdom.[2][4] Adam Brown has been the party's leader since August 2015.[1][7]

History[edit]

The party was founded in January 2008 under the leadership of Patrick Vessey, having registered the party with the Electoral Commission in November 2007.[2] In May 2008, The Daily Telegraph leader writer Alex Singleton claimed the founders should have set up a pressure group rather than a party. Singleton believed the new party would reduce the influence of libertarianism.[8]

On 17 September 2008, Vessey resigned as party leader and was replaced by Ian Parker-Joseph.[citation needed] The party claimed a membership of 1,000 and hoped in the wake of the parliamentary expenses scandal "to establish themselves in the media landscape with a couple of robust performances".[9] He said the party wanted much smaller government and would initially cut taxation to 10% before removing it altogether.[10]

On 28 November 2010, Andrew Withers was elected as party leader.[11][better source needed]

Following an internal ballot on 15 August 2015, party members elected Adam Brown as the party leader.[1]

During the 2018 local elections, the party was described as on "the fringes of mainstream British politics".[12]

In October 2018, MEP Bill Etheridge, a former member of the UK Independence Party, joined the party[13] and became its deputy chairman.[14] Etheridge continued as a member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy parliamentary group in the European Parliament.[15] However, he then left to join the Brexit Party in February 2019.

Electoral performance[edit]

General elections[edit]

2010 general election
Constituency Candidate Votes %
Devizes Nic Coome 141 0.3[16]
Sutton and Cheam Martin Cullip 41 0.1[17]


The party did not field parliamentary candidates at the 2015 general election, describing it as a "waste of time and funds".[11]

2017 general election
Constituency Candidate Votes %
Basingstoke Scott Neville 213 0.4[18]
Blaydon Michael Marchetti 114 0.2[19]
Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle Will Taylor 67 0.2[20]
Portsmouth North Joe Jenkins 130 0.3[21]


2019 general election
Constituency Candidate Votes %
Chichester Adam Brown
Sevenoaks Sean Finch
Stroud Glenville Gogerly
Crewe & Nantwich Andrew Kinsman
North West Leicestershire Dan Liddicott

By-elections[edit]

54th Parliament
Election Candidate Votes % of votes Position
Norwich North Thomas Burridge 36 0.1 11th
57th Parliament
Election Candidate Votes % of votes Position
Lewisham East Sean Finch 38 0.2 11th

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Adam Brown is Elected New Party Leader for Libertarians UK". Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Electoral Commission registration (Online search of registration database at http://search.electoralcommission.org.uk/English/Registrations/PP684)
  3. ^ "Young Libertarians". facebook.com.
  4. ^ a b c d "About". Libertarian Party UK. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Under Construction". Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Libertarian movements and parties in the world that are members of Interlibertarians". Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Edition 116". thatalks.com. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  8. ^ Alex Singleton (30 May 2008). "How Libertarians undermine liberty". Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Interview: The Libertarian party". Politics.co.uk. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Libertarian Party plans to clear national debt". BBC News. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b Croucher, Shane (29 April 2015). "Election 2015: Meet the Libertarian Party UK, which wants to turn Britain into Switzerland". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Elections 2018: Warndon Parish North ward". Worcester News.
  13. ^ Madeley, Pete. "UKIP exodus in Dudley continues as two more quit". Express and Star. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  14. ^ Bagdi, Annabal (8 October 2018). "Bill Etheridge joins Libertarian Party days after UKIP exit". Express & Star. Wolverhampton. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  15. ^ Etheridge, Bill (6 October 2018). "UKIP has changed from the policy mandate I was elected on I will continue to honour the original mandate with the EFDD group and use the same voting lists so I'd check your facts". Twitter.
  16. ^ "UK General Election results May 2010". Politicsresources.net.
  17. ^ "UK General Election results May 2010". Politicsresources.net.
  18. ^ "Election 2017: Basingstoke". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Election 2017: Blaydon". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Election 2017: Hull West & Hessle". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Election 2017: Portsmouth North". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.

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