Libertarian Party (UK)

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Libertarian Party
LeaderAdam Brown[1]
Founded21 November 2007[2]
HeadquartersBM LPUK, London, WC1N 3XX
Youth wingYoung Libertarians[3]
Classical liberalism[4]
International affiliationInternational Alliance of Libertarian Parties,[5]
European Parliament groupEurope of Freedom and Direct Democracy
Colours     Blue      gold

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]


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]

In October 2018, MEP Bill Etheridge, a former member of UKIP, joined the party[13] and became its deputy chairman.[14] He continued as a member of the EFDD parliamentary group in the European Parliament.[15] However, Etheridge 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 & 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]
Hull West & Hessle Will Taylor 67 0.2[20]
Portsmouth North Joe Jenkins 130 0.3[21]


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]


  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
  3. ^ "Young Libertarians".
  4. ^ a b c d "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". 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". 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 at
  17. ^ UK General Election results May 2010 at
  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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