Rock 'n' Roll Loony Party

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Rock 'n' Roll Loony Party
LeaderChris "Screwy" Driver
Founded2000; 22 years ago (2000)
Split fromOfficial Monster Raving Loony Party
HeadquartersCannock
IdeologySatire

The Rock 'n' Roll Loony Party was a minor political party in the United Kingdom.

Founded in 2000, the group split from the Official Monster Raving Loony Party after the death of Screaming Lord Sutch.[1] Stephen Ingle claims that it was formed by Librarians.[2] It was initially based in Cannock, at the Laughing Leopards pub, which was run by its joint deputy leader, while its leader was Chris "Screwy" Driver.[1]

Driver was elected to Queenborough Town Council, on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, in 2000 as a Monster Raving Loony candidate, and then in his new party colours was voted in as Mayor of Queenborough in 2002.[3] In elections to Swale Borough Council in 2003, one of the Rock 'n' Roll Loony Party candidates polled more than a member of the Liberal Democrats.[4]

At the 2005 General Election the party fielded one candidate, in Sittingbourne and Sheppey, who managed to poll more votes than the Veritas candidate. It was deregistered in August 2007.[5]

The party's main policies included free beer and sex for pensioners, and the construction of laughter clinics.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Sutch high hopes in craziest town", Birmingham Post, 1 April 2000
  2. ^ Stephen Ingle, The British Party System: An Introduction
  3. ^ "Loony elected as town's new Mayor". Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  4. ^ Matthew Stadlen and Harry Glass, The Politics Companion, p.100
  5. ^ "List of Political Parties either renamed or deregistered since 2002" (PDF). Electoral Commission. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Family brewers launch rival election manifesto", The Publican, 24 May 2001