Peace Party (UK)
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The Peace Party is a small political party within the United Kingdom which presents an avowedly pacifist and environmentalist platform.
The party was founded in 1996 as the Pacifist Party by a group of activists in Guildford, Surrey. It was registered with the Electoral Commission in 2001 as "The Peace Party - Non-violence, Justice, Environment".
The Party stood one candidate, John Morris, in the 1997 and 2001 general elections in the Guildford constituency, and two in the 2005 election with Caroline O'Reilly also standing in Brighton Kemptown. It fielded nine candidates in the South East England constituency during the 2004 European election, gaining 12,572 votes. This was equivalent to 0.6% of the votes cast in the South East and more than three other parties. The Party has also stood in a number of local elections in Dartford, Kent, Horsham, West Sussex and Guildford.
The party fielded three candidates in the 2010 general election, who won a total of 737 votes.
The Peace Party gained its first councillor in Bradford in November 2012 when Imdad Hussain joined after being suspended from the Labour Party for failing to declare a company directorship. He stood for the party in the Middlesbrough by-election, 2012 achieving the Peace Party's first saved deposit with 1,060 votes (6.3%), only 3 votes fewer than the Conservative candidate. However, Hussain lost his council seat in the 2014 local election, coming second to Labour.
The Peace Party seeks to promote a society that is compassionate and respectful, and that values cooperation over competition.
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