Agricultural Party

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Agricultural Party
LeaderJ. F. Wright
Founded1931
Dissolved1940s
HeadquartersNorfolk
IdeologyEmpire free trade with agricultural protection

The Agricultural Party was a minor political party in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1931 as the Norfolk Farmers' Party but changed its name one week after its formation.[1] It initially had the support of the National Farmers Union, Lord Rothermere and Lord Beaverbrook.[2]

The party called for Empire free trade, agricultural protection, and the introduction of duties on food imports.[1] It stood candidates in the 1931 general election and again in the East Fife by-election in 1933, but without success, and it lost its high-profile supporters. It appears to have been disbanded in the late 1940s.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b F. W. S. Craig, Minor Parties at British Parliamentary Elections
  2. ^ a b Peter Barberis, John McHugh and Mike Tyldesley, Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations