Roman Party

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The Roman Party is a British political party founded by Jean-Louis Pascual, a Frenchman from Bordeaux who works as a bus driver in Reading, Berkshire.[1] An admirer of the ancient Romans whom he wants more people to learn about,[1][2] he credits "when in Rome, do as the Romans" as the basis of his policy, as well as being "against injustice", and believes that teenage mothers should be sent back to school.[1]

The party ran in South East England in the 2009 European election, and received 5,450 votes or 0.2% of those cast in the region,[3] the least of any candidate. Pascual therefore lost his £5,000 deposit. He spent £2,000 on his campaign, but said "It was a great experience and the money is not wasted if that is your hobby".[1] He ran again in the same region in 2014[2] as his party's only candidate (most of the other parties fielded 10 candidates),[4] and came 12th of 15 parties, with 2,997 votes (0.13%).[5] He also stood for the party in elections to Reading Borough Council:[1] contesting the Battle ward, he received 43 votes and finished last of five candidates on 22 May 2014.[6] Philip West contested the seat of Reading West for the party in the 2015 general election, finishing last of eight candidates with 64 votes.[7]

The party does not have a website.[2]

Registration history[edit]

The party was first registered with the Electoral Commission on 26 May 2006 as "The Roman Party. Ave!". It was statutorily deregistered on 2 November 2010. Its leader and nominating officer was Pascual and its treasurer was Laetitia Jolivet.[8] "The Roman Party. Ave" was registered on 16 April 2014 with Pascual listed as holding all three positions.[9] Neither version of the party has filed accounts with the Commission.

Elections contested[edit]

Parliamentary elections
General election, 7 May 2015

Constituency Candidate Votes %
Reading, W Philip West 64 0.1[10]

European Parliament elections
2009 European elections

Regional lists Candidates Votes % MEPs
South East England Jean-Louis Pascual 5,450 0.2 0[11]

2014 European elections

Regional lists Candidates Votes % MEPs
South East England Jean-Louis Pascual 2,997 0.13 0[12]

Local elections

Date District Ward Candidate Votes %
22 May 2014 Reading Borough Council Battle Jean-Louis Pascual 43 2.0[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Fort, Linda (11 June 2009). "What did the Roman Party ever do for us?". Get Reading. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "European elections: Party-by-party guide". BBC News. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  3. ^ "European Election 2009: South East". BBC News. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Vote 2014: European election candidates for the South East". BBC News. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Vote 2014 - South East". BBC News. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Local Elections and Park By-Elections May 2014". Reading Borough Council. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Reading West". BBC. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  8. ^ Electoral Commission: Registration summary - The Roman Party. Ave! (Ref PP564). Accessed 16 May 2015
  9. ^ Electoral Commission: Registration summary - The Roman Party. Ave (Ref PP2342). Accessed 16 May 2015
  10. ^ Election 2015 - Reading West, BBC News. Accessed 17 May 2015.
  11. ^ European Election 2009: South East England, BBC News Accessed 17 May 2015.
  12. ^ Vote 2014 - South East England, BBC News Accessed 17 May 2015.