The Common Good (political party)

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The Common Good
Welsh name Lles Pawb
Leader Dick Rodgers
Founded April 1, 2004 (2004-04-01)
Ideology Christianity

For me, participating in the political process isn't about winning, it's about the excitement of having taken part and about getting my ideas across to the public

Dick Rodgers, 2005[1]

The Common Good is a small Christian political party in the United Kingdom.[2] Founded and led by Richard (Dick) Rodgers, a clergyman, motorcyclist and orthopaedic registrar living in Northfield, Birmingham, the party's principles are based on his Christian faith.[3] Rodgers campaigned for the release of the poet Irina Ratushinskaya from prison in the Soviet Union in the early 1980s, and visited Sudan in the 1990s during the civil war to try to negotiate for peace.[1] The founding principle is: "Tomorrow we'll be happier, living and working for each other's good and for the good of the world, that is, for 'The Common Good'."[citation needed]

In 2016, the party campaigned for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union during the referendum.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

Parliamentary election

Election Constituency Candidate Votes  %
Hartlepool by-election, 2004 Hartlepool Rev Dick Rodgers 91 0.3[5]
2005 general election Birmingham Northfield Richard Rogers[6] 428 1.4[7]
Dunfermline and West Fife by-election, 2006[6][8] Dunfermline and West Fife Dick Rodgers 103 0.3[9]
Henley by-election, 2008 Henley Dick Rodgers 121 0.3[10]
2010 general election Birmingham Northfield Richard Rogers 305 0.7[11]
Newark by-election, 2014 Newark Dick Rodgers 64 0.2[12]
2017 general election Birmingham Edgbaston Dick Rodgers 155 0.36[13]

European Parliament elections

Election Constituency Votes  %
2004 European election[14][15] West Midlands 8,650 0.6[1]

Local elections

Election Ward Votes  %
Birmingham City Council election, 2007 Weoley 198 1.4


  1. ^ a b c Cutts, Steven (25 June 2005). "Perspective: Dick's on a mission to heal the world". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 8 February 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Rocket man's trying to save European poll". Sunday Mercury. Birmingham. 6 June 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "ELECTION 2005 COUNTDOWN TO MAY 5: COMMON MAN'S ON THE MOVE; Motorbiking vicar's MP dream". Birmingham Evening Mail. 23 April 2005. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
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  5. ^ Dale, Paul (5 October 2004). "Abysmal by-election is not deterring Dr 'Good'.". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Shipley, Andy (24 January 2006). "Vicar praying for Scot votes; Clergyman heads north on the by-election trail". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  7. ^ UK General Election results May 2005 at Politics Resources
  8. ^ "By-election candidates announced". BBC News. 27 January 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  9. ^ Dunfermline & West Fife By-election at Politics Resources
  10. ^ Parliamentary By-election: Henley at Politics Resources
  11. ^ UK General Election results May 2010 at Politics Resources
  12. ^ "Newark By-Election results". Newark and Sherwood District Council. 5 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Birmingham Edgbaston Results". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  14. ^ Scott, Fiona (24 May 2004). "Blair backlash puts Euro seat in danger". Coventry Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Euro election candidate to visit city; NEW PARTY WORKING FOR THE COMMON GOOD". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 4 May 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 

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