United Kingdom First Party

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United Kingdom First Party
Leader Robin Page[1]
Founded 2009[1]
Dissolved 2010[1]
Ideology Populism,[2]
Political position Right-wing[citation needed]
National affiliation Alliance for Democracy
Colours Red, white and blue

The United Kingdom First Party was a small short-lived populist, Eurosceptic[2] British political party. It was created in 2009 and included a number of former members of the UK Independence Party seeking independence from the EU but with transparency, probity and an ethical base.[citation needed] It fielded candidates in three English regions for the 2009 European parliamentary elections: the East Midlands, the East of England and the South East.[3]

The party agreed to work with the Popular Alliance during the election, in order to achieve the two parties' goals, with both parties saying they had similar backgrounds and goals.[2]

It disbanded in 2010 after its failure in the European parliamentary elections. It was voluntarily deregistered in April 2010.[1]


The party placed its opposition to British membership of the European Union in the context of a desire to reduce "the cost, the scope and the number of layers of government".[4] It set out a brief summary of its policies, with an undertaking to develop them further after the European elections, influenced by the outcome, towards simpler taxation, smaller Government and less centralisation.

The party also claimed to believe in freedom for Britain to negotiate its own trade deals individually or as part of a trade bloc, free speech, and the ability to hold politicians to account through referenda.[5]

European Parliament election, 2009[edit]

Candidates for the European Parliament in 2009 included the journalist and former presenter of One Man and His Dog, Robin Page, and the former UK Independence Party chairman Petrina Holdsworth.

The candidates pledged to serve only one term, not to employ family members, to publish their accounts and refuse invitations to "sit on committees of the European Parliament nor attend the plenaries in Brussels and Strasbourg except in the case of a vote which the party leadership regards as of critical importance to British interests".[6]

At the 2009 European election, UK First received 74,000 votes - 0.5% of the national vote - and none of its candidates were elected.

MEP candidate list, 2009[edit]

Eastern Region South East Region East Midlands Region
Robin Page Petrina Holdsworth Ian Gillman
Bruce Lawson Martin Haslam David Noakes
John West John Petley Christopher Elliot
Peter Cole Mariann French
Len Baynes Nadine Platt

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  1. ^ a b c d "United Kingdom First Registration summary". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Two parties from very similar backgrounds" (PDF). Popular Alliance/United Kingdom First Party. Retrieved 2 June 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Our candidates". United Kingdom First Party. Retrieved 2 June 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Policies". United Kingdom First Party. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "What we stand for". United Kingdom First Party. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
    - "Our policies in brief". United Kingdom First Party. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "MEP Statement". United Kingdom First Party. Retrieved 2 June 2009. [dead link]