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LPUK enters GE2017 with 4 candidates

As we enter this General Election of 2017, the Libertarian Party has launched its campaign with the announcement of 4 candidates standing for election.

Joe Jenkins
PPC - Portsmouth North
I live in Portsmouth and am proud to call it home. I work as an editor, proofreader, web designer and author. There is far too much waste in Government and funding is being removed from those that need it the most. This must end. I am proud to see the way that Portsmouth people support each other and, as well as doing all I can to provide solutions on the national stage, will be doing all I can to make it easier for us all to support each other on a smaller scale. Joe is a local man living in Hilsea, Portsmouth.
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Michael Marchetti
PPC - Blaydon
I have lived in the North East for 6 years now. I originally moved from Glasgow to study here and chose to stay. I have never come across a region or group of people, as friendly and welcoming as those I have met in Blaydon and the North East at large. This is now my home and I aim to make Blaydon a better place to live and work. Blaydon has such a great potential to be at the very front of industry and quality of life in the UK. I will work hard to put the people of Blaydon first. A local man, Michael lives in Greenside, Ryton.
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Scott Neville
PPC - Basingstoke
I have always lived in and around Basingstoke working in both retail and the area’s vibrant IT sector. Our little corner of north east Hampshire is the only place I can call home. I like to get things done. When people are empowered to do things in their own unique way they are happier and more effective. I wish to protect our hard won freedoms so people can live their own lives as they see fit. Scott is a local man living in Basingstoke.
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Will Taylor
PPC - Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
I was born in Hull, but travelled around a lot when I was young. At age 23 I decided to return to my roots and now live and work in West Hull. When I drive down the A63 and see the Humber Bridge, I know I’m home. We’re a compassionate lot in Hull and Hessle. And we also like to do things our way. I want local people to have more freedom, so we can choose what’s right for us and our community. Will is a local man living in Hull.
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Wish them well, come out and support them, and help us give them the best chance by hitting that donate button.

 

What does the Libertarian Party UK stand for?

LPUK stands for lower taxes for both individuals and companies, small government, free speech and individual responsibility. We support free trade and free enterprise whilst believing that people should make their own choices and not rely on the government. We support a withdrawal from the European Union and a return to the free trade agreements that it was founded on.

The LPUK is a broad libertarian platform which takes a realistic view on libertarianism in the UK and our policies and mission statements reflect that. The Party exists solely to give voters a chance to vote for Liberty and a small State, it does not claim to have leadership of the Libertarian Movement, or represent all of the many strands of Libertarian thought.

For those who have a deeper understanding of politics, The Libertarian Party UK is a Classical Liberal Regionalist and Minarchist organisation. It is not an Anarchist Collective. We have a Constitution that all members who join assent voluntarily to abide by. If you don’t like elections and being in a Constitutional Party don’t join the LPUK.

We are a small, but growing party. We would welcome any help and support in our political role to get the message out and about to the general public about libertarian politics and what we stand for.

The FIRST thing to do is join the party as a member through the link on this page. We are also in desperate needs of funds, so any donation you can make would be really beneficial to us as we get no funding from anywhere else apart from our membership.

If you would like to help any of our candidates with practical support please contact them using the links on their profiles or make contact through the contact us page or the LPUK – Facebook Page.

 

A huge Thank You to everyone who has donated thus far.

 

Britain – A New Future Outside The EU

For years we have all been led to believe that being in the EU allowed Britain to have a say, have influence at the top table.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality the majority of the ‘standards’ imposed by the EU are not set in Brussels but by international trade and technical organisations.
The EU merely took those standards, gold plated them with whatever political impositions they wished to enforce, and sent them out as Directives to the member States.

To have a real say, to have real influence, Britain can now rejoin these International bodies and have a seat at the real top tables around the globe.

Let us take the Automotive Industry for example. Standards are set by WP.29, part of UNECE.
The EU took these standards and simply superimposed new rules over and above, such as the impending EU satelite tracking system.

Or the infamous EU reduces roaming charges for mobile phones. The EU did not set this standard, this was set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), passed to the regional standards organisation the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and then given to the EU to implement.

It really makes one wonder what all that money sent to Brussels every day was for, beyond buying champagne and caviar, or paying inflated wages and pensions for a political elite that served no real purpose.

With Britain free of the EU we can again take our place at the top tables in the global community, to rejoin the international and regional bodies that shape our world, free of the political baggage that has been imposed on us for the last 40 years.

We will reclaim our seats on the International Organization for Standardization , the International Electrotechnical Commission , and the International Telecommunication Union , which have each existed for more than 50 years (founded in 1947, 1906, and 1865, respectively) and are all based in Geneva, Switzerland, thus restoring little Britain with its global reach.

At the regional level we can rejoin the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), none of which are influenced or run by the EU.

Beyond that there are hundreds of international and regional standards bodies that cover virtually everything from making matchsticks, mobile phones, travel to nuclear power plants, all of which a new revitalised Britain could have a say in shaping. We can again be international rule makers, not simply rule takers.

So no more talk of bent bananas, under-performing vacuum cleaners or kettles that will not boil. Let free speech, free trade and freedom of choice once again become the norm in the Britain of tomorrow.

To make this happen the mind-set of Britain needs to change. Conservatives need to become conservative again, the negative, divisive and belittling attitude of the socialists and bansturbators need to be contained, and the voice of freedom needs to ring true with libertarian influence in the corridors of power.

We gave up our voice on the world stage to the EU, but now having decided to leave we will not be isolated, we will be dynamic, alive again, free to trade and set standards around the globe.

This is the awakening of a free trading nation, one which the Libertarian Party UK will be looking forward to participating in.

Join Us today, and help us to become part of the future, not the past.

REFERENDUM 2016

The referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU will soon be upon us and LPUK have always fully supported the Vote Leave campaign and strongly believe that decisions should be taken as locally to those that they affect as possible.

However the main thing that I have taken from these campaigns is how much the political classes have lost the trust of the public. The majority of conversations that I have had have revolved around the statement “I just don’t know what the truth is.”

With project fear in full effect the Remain camp have consistently bombarded the public (Often with tax payer funding) with warnings of Armageddon were we to leave the union.

These tactics are not just damaging to the EU campaigns but to the future of politics in the UK.

For my own personal experiences whenever I have told people I am supporting the Leave campaign I am often rounded on with accusations of “Little Englander”, “Xenophobe” and “Racist”. The irony is that I am actually voting to leave for the exact opposite reason.

I believe that it is the EU that is parochial (Trade should only happen between it’s members.) Xenophobic (Goods from outside the EU are lesser than those inside made inside the EU) and Racist (An unskilled European Migrant should have priority after a highly skilled African migrant).

I believe in the Free Market and I believe that immigration is a source of great good into a modern society – As long as the welfare state exists I believe it needs to be controlled, but to me that is a welfare issue rather than an immigration issue – but in all these areas the EU prevents freedoms rather than promoting them.

So on June the 23rd I urge everyone to ignore the fear tactics, ignore the critics and simply ask yourself. “Do you want to be a part of this club?”

Adam Brown
Party Leader

Adam Brown is Elected New Party Leader for Libertarians UK

Following an internal ballot on 15th August 2015, Libertarians across the country have unanimously elected Adam Brown as their new party leader. A clear and enthusiastic vote of trust by jubilant activists and committed friends of LPUK to the type of inclusive policies defended throughout his campaign.

 

Hailing from Crawley in West Sussex, Adam has impressed party members with the fact he previously served on Crawley Borough Council as Chair of the Licensing Committee, as well as offering Portfolio Support for the Leader of the council. Interestingly, Adam also chaired the “value for money” scrutiny panel in its endeavours to ensure the council could justify everything it was spending. All adding confidence in his skill as an experienced politician with a proven ability to work with micro, as well as macro, issues.

 

After thanking all those who elected him, Adam went on to say, “I am delighted in the faith they have shown in me and am honoured to accept the position of party leader”. Additionally, when asked about his view on the task ahead, he confidently stated, “I have no misconceptions of the difficulty I am faced with. However, these are ideal times for the LPUK to discuss matters pertaining to the protection of personal freedom, reducing state interference generally, and rolling back the nanny state that has permeated into our everyday existence”. Each stance placing Adam in the very mainstream of inherited Libertarian thought.

 

Taking up his duties from Saturday 3rd October 2015, Adam intends to address the party shortly thereafter and table a number of strategies to increase membership, develop further contacts with other advocates of liberty, while raising public awareness of alternatives to “Big Government” in both theory and practice.

 

For further information contact David Parry Press Officer
 

Forward 2015

The last few years have seen a leap forward in the Libertarian Movement, the international movement has coalesced around the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties was formed in March of this year in Bournemouth, we have a stable team on the National Coordinating Committee, and we are being asked for interviews again by the media, even the BBC. Membership is growing.

Both of the Socialist Parties in the UK , the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats were roundly defeated in the General Election, however the Party has been warning about the lack of progress on Constitutional and Electoral Reform for the last five years. The next two years these issues will be forced to the fore front with the EU Referendum and the Settlement with Scotland.

We are seeking to build bridges with the many libertarian leaning groups and societies and with other classical liberal parties. This is moving forward a pace.

I made the decision before the General Election, that I would not be standing for re election as Party Leader at the October Conference, therefore I have three months left on my watch. I have filled this time with speeches in the Netherlands and Norway for the Dutch and Norwegian parties, messages of support have been requested and sent with pleasure to the Swedish and Italian Parties. I will be meeting my colleagues in Belgium and France in the next few weeks.

The Wessex Libertarian Party is robust and I will be supporting and keeping my links with the West Country, and hope to see other regions grow in strength and vigour.

I commend this new website, all the members of the NCC past and present that have kept us moving forward and the activists who devote so much time and energy, not being keyboard warriors but building a presence on the ground with the public.

Regards Andrew Withers

Party Leader

Andrew LPUK

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Press Release 3-7-2015

For Immediate Release

Playwright David Parry Appointed Press Secretary of the Libertarian Party UK

Following the March 2015 meeting of the (UK) Libertarian Party in Bournemouth, England, Mr. David Parry, renowned poet, dramaturge, playwright, Pagan activist and broadcaster, found himself unanimously appointed Press Secretary by delegates. As the CEO of Theo-Humanist Arts Ltd, as well as a lifelong Libertarian, there was a general feeling that his connections with international arts, along with media generally, would both raise the profile of party activities, as well as serve the cause of liberty.

Indeed, as a self-confessed Whig and Jeffersonian – who stands firm by minarchist models of social democracy – Parry has contributed (behind the scenes) to Libertarian gatherings across the decades. However, he now feels the need to firm up his commitments. Particularly, since the Party has evolved vibrant new networks across Europe, while having established a strong working relationship with the International Association of Libertarian Parties.

Enthusiastically, Parry stated, “at a time when the ever-encroaching State simply proposes unending taxation and unprecedented spending as a universal cure-all, the LPUK stands alone in upholding a free market and personal liberty.” Additionally, “no other party has a constitution allowing for full devolution (only constrained by electoral Law), accompanied by a policy of talking to anybody, any group, or party, genuinely interested in promoting the philosophy of freedom.”

David Parry

Taking up his duties with gusto, Parry has already arranged two radio interviews for Andrew Withers, Party Leader, not to mention an open discussion of Libertarian Literatures at Russkiy Mir (Books in Russian bookstore) in London this July.

For further information, contact david.parry@libertarianpartyuk.com

Party Conference 2015

The 2015 Party Conference will be held in Telford October 3rd 2015

The Three Statutory Officer posts of Party Leader, Treasurer and Nominating Officer plus Chairman are up for election.

Nominations supported by two party members are required to be registered with the nominating officer by the 3rd July 2015

The Rules for election as passed by the NCC are-

  • Officers must have been members for at least six months
  • Members eligible to vote must be of three months standing and in possession of a party membership card.

Emails will be sent to members registered email addresses shortly providing more details.

Constitutional Convention

The Libertarian Party has long argued for fundamental Constitutional change on the Swiss model of devolved direct democracy with the use of referenda.

With a turn out of 85% the Scottish Referendum has showed that the people can and should be trusted with fundamental decisions.

For the Libertarian Party there is ample proof that our so called ‘representative ‘ democracy with first past the post gerrymandering is sclerotic and bust.

Wars, reckless spending, MPs expenses from the ‘Rotten Parliament’ and now the Scottish Referendum shows we must have change.

The West Lothian question was asked in 1978. Thirty five years to provide an answer is intolerable.

Cameron has rejected an English Parliament. He is out of tune with the will of the people in England. He is also out of time. The sleeping giant has awoken. He must stand aside.

All three party leaders have promised greater powers for Scotland and retention of the Barnett formula. This was without reference to Parliament and the whole of the people of these isles. This is not acceptable.

Alex Salmond has rendered a service to the union in exposing the flawed system we labour under.

We call for a Constitutional Convention that all shades of political opinion are consulted. Leaving the matter to William Hague and tired party hacks is not acceptable.

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