The Common Good (political party)

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

The Common Good is a small Christian political party in the United Kingdom.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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 Votes  %
Hartlepool by-election, 2004 Hartlepool 91 0.3[5]
2005 general election Birmingham Northfield 428 1.4[6]
Dunfermline and West Fife by-election, 2006[6][7] Dunfermline and West Fife 103 0.3
Henley by-election, 2008 Henley 121 0.3[8]
2010 general election Birmingham Northfield 305 0.7
Newark by-election, 2014 Newark 64 0.2

European Parliament elections

Election Constituency Votes  %
2004 European election[9][10] West Midlands 8,650 0.6[3]

Loacl elections

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

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[3]


  1. ^ "Rocket man's trying to save European poll". Sunday Mercury. Birmingham. 6 June 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ 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]
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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. ^ "By-election candidates announced". BBC News. 27 January 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Dick Rodgers: Electoral history and profile". Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  9. ^ Scott, Fiona (24 May 2004). "Blair backlash puts Euro seat in danger". Coventry Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "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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