UK European People's Party

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Alliance EPP: European People's Party UK[1][2][3]
LeaderDirk Hazell
HeadquartersOffice 103, 405 Kings Road, London, SW10 0BB
IdeologyConservatism
Pro-Europeanism
Political positionCentre-right
European affiliationEuropean People's Party[3]
ColoursBlue, gold and red
Website
www.4freedomsparty.eu

The Alliance EPP: European People's Party UK, also known as UK EPP and the 4 Freedoms Party, is a pro-European Union, centre-right political party in the United Kingdom. It first contested an election at the 2014 European Parliament elections.[4]

The party is critical of the Conservative Party's departure from the European People's Party in 2009 and opposes calls for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. It positions itself as a conservative, pro-European alternative to the Conservative Party and the UK Independence Party, who it condemns as "Britain's hard right".[5] The party calls for EU reform and a greater focus on jobs and training.[6] It expresses support for Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms, in addition to the EU's Four Freedoms.[7] The party leader is Dirk Hazell, who is a former Conservative councillor[8] and has been a candidate for the Liberal Democrats. The UK EPP affiliates itself with the European People's Party.

In 2014, the party fielded candidates for the European election in the London constituency only.[9] It polled 28,014 votes across the city and failed to win any seats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Registration, Electoral Commission
  2. ^ "General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party", The Independent, 5 May 2015
  3. ^ a b "Written evidence – Alliance EPP: European People’s Party UK (BRU0003)", House of Lords Scrutinising Brexit: the role of Parliament – Follow-Up Inquiry, 30 September 2016
  4. ^ Rogal, Andreas. "New UK centre-right party aims to fill UK gap in EPP" Archived 2014-05-17 at the Wayback Machine. Europolitics. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  5. ^ Vincenti, Daniela. "New UK EPP party vows to be the alternative to Tories, UKIP". EurActiv. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  6. ^ "European elections: 4 Freedoms Party on EPP allies". BBC News. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  7. ^ Vincenti, Daniela. "Hazell: 'We must challenge UKIP’s anti-EU fear mongers'". EurActiv. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Who we are" Archived 2014-05-15 at the Wayback Machine. 4 Freedoms Party (UK EPP). Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  9. ^ "European elections: Party-by-party guide". BBC News. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.

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