Category Archives: The Movement

History

The Libertarian Party of the United Kingdom was founded January 1st 2008, it is a Constitutional Minarchist (small state, low tax) Party, we are strongly influenced by the writings of Robert Nozick 1938-2002. In a modern technological society there has to be a minimal state to maintain defence and to maintain a stable framework of justice to provide the enforcement of contracts.

Robert Nozick

Robert Nozick

The example of Sir John Cowperthwaite 1915-2006 as Financial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1961 to 1971. His introduction of free market economic policies are widely credited with turning postwar Hong Kong into a thriving global financial centre.

Cowperthwaite

Sir John Cowperthwaite

The LP-UK traces its roots back to the Classical Liberal ideas of John Locke 1632-1704, the Party does not consider itself Anarcho-Capitalist and campaigns for a Constitutional Settlement based on Swiss style direct democracy and referenda. It holds that ‘representative democracy’ has ran its course only creating a political elite and a bloated centralised bureaucracy.

John Locke

John Locke

In 2012 The party amended its Constitution to become a Federal Party consisting of-

London & South East
Wessex and Kernow
Mercia
North
East Anglia
Essex
Wales
Scotland *
Northern Ireland**

Each Region is Autonomous, only requiring to conform to the requirements of reporting to the Electoral Commission under the terms of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. This Act has introduced penalties and fines for non-compliance. The Act has recently been amended to now include commercial loans that were previously not required to be declared.

• Scotland has become a fully independent entity The Scottish Libertarian Party, the LP-UK and the SLP have a cooperation agreement.
• Northern Ireland is registered as separate party as it operates under a different legal framework

In March 2014 The Libertarian Party –UK became a founding member of the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties

Liberal Democratic Party (Australia)
Parti Libertarien (Belgium)
Libertarian Party of Canada
Free Citizens Party (Czech Republic)
Mouvement des Libertariens (France)
Partei der Vernunft (Germany)
Movimento Libertario (Italy)
Libertarische Partij (Netherlands)
Liberalistene (Norway)
Libertarian Party of Russia
Scottish Libertarian Party
Libertarian Party of South Africa
Partido Libertario (Spain)
Unabhängigkeitspartei up! (Switzerland)
Libertarian Party (US)

(Photos of Locke, Cowperthwaite,Nozick)