Libertarian Party (UK)

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Libertarian Party
Leader Adam Brown[1]
Founded 21 November 2007[2]
Headquarters BM LPUK, London, WC1N 3XX
Youth wing Young Libertarians[3]
Ideology Libertarianism[4]
Euroscepticism[4]
International affiliation International Alliance of Libertarian Parties,[5]
Interlibertarians[6]
Colours      Blue      Gold
Website
http://www.libertarianpartyuk.com

The Libertarian Party, also known as the Libertarian Party UK (or LPUK), is a libertarian political party in the United Kingdom.[4][2] 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, 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 MP 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]

Electoral performance[edit]

General elections[edit]

2010 General Election
Constituency Candidate Votes %
Devizes Nic Coome 141 0.3[13]
Sutton & Cheam Martin Cullip 41 0.1[14]

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[15]
Blaydon Michael Marchetti 114 0.2[16]
Hull West & Hessle Will Taylor 67 0.2[17]
Portsmouth North Joe Jenkins 130 0.3[18]

By-elections[edit]

54th Parliament

Election Candidate Votes % of votes Position
Norwich North by-election, 2009 Thomas Burridge 36 0.1 11th

57th Parliament

Election Candidate Votes % of votes Position
Lewisham East by-election, 2018 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", Press release, Libertarian Party UK, 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". www.facebook.com. 
  4. ^ a b c "Home Page". Libertarian Party UK. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Under Construction". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "INTERLIBERTARIANS Together in freedom". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "THA Talks - Adam Brown - The Libertarian Party UK". thatalks.com. Retrieved 2018-05-22. 
  8. ^ Alex Singleton (30 May 2008). "How Libertarians undermine liberty". Daily Telegraph. 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 2018-05-23. 
  11. ^ a b Croucher, Shane (2015-04-29). "Election 2015: Meet the Libertarian Party UK, which wants to turn Britain into Switzerland". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 2018-05-23. 
  12. ^ "Elections 2018: Warndon Parish North ward". Worcester News. 
  13. ^ UK General Election results May 2010 at politicsresources.net
  14. ^ UK General Election results May 2010 at politicsresources.net
  15. ^ "Election 2017: Basingstoke", BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Election 2017: Blaydon", BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Election 2017: Hull West & Hessle", BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Election 2017: Portsmouth North", BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.

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