The Common Good (political party)

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The Common Good
Welsh nameLles Pawb
LeaderDick Rodgers
Founded1 April 2004 (2004-04-01)
IdeologyChristian democracy
Website
www.thecommongood.info
For me, participating in the political process isn't about winning, it's about the excitement of having taken part and about getting my ideas across to the public

Dick Rodgers, 2005[1]

The Common Good is a small Christian political party in the United Kingdom.[2] Founded and led by Richard (Dick) Rodgers, a clergyman, motorcyclist and orthopaedic registrar living in Northfield, Birmingham, the party's principles are based on his Christian faith.[3]

Rodgers has competed in several elections for Common Good, including various parliamentary by-elections. In all cases Common Good have lost their deposit. No one else has been an election candidate for the party.

In 2016, the party campaigned for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union during the referendum.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

Parliamentary election

Election Constituency Candidate Votes %
2004 Hartlepool by-election Hartlepool Richard Rodgers 91 0.3[5]
2005 general election Birmingham Northfield 428 1.4[6]
2006 Dunfermline and West Fife by-election[7][8] Dunfermline and West Fife 103 0.3[9]
2008 Henley by-election Henley 121 0.3[10]
2010 general election Birmingham Northfield 305 0.7[11]
2014 Newark by-election Newark 64 0.2[12]
2017 general election Birmingham Edgbaston 155 0.4[13]
2019 Peterborough by-election Peterborough 60 0.2

Rodgers has appeared on ballot papers variously as "Richard Rodgers", "Rev Dick Rodgers" and "Dick Rodgers".

European Parliament elections

Election Constituency Votes %
2004 European election[14][15] West Midlands 8,650 0.6[1]

Local elections

Election Ward Votes %
2007 Birmingham City Council election Weoley 198 3.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cutts, Steven (25 June 2005). "Perspective: Dick's on a mission to heal the world". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 8 February 2010.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Rocket man's trying to save European poll". Sunday Mercury. Birmingham. 6 June 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  3. ^ "ELECTION 2005 COUNTDOWN TO MAY 5: COMMON MAN'S ON THE MOVE; Motorbiking vicar's MP dream". Birmingham Evening Mail. 23 April 2005. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  4. ^ https://www.facebook.com/comgood/videos/1119268551453293/
  5. ^ Dale, Paul (5 October 2004). "Abysmal by-election is not deterring Dr 'Good'". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  6. ^ UK General Election results May 2005 Archived 2011-08-11 at the Wayback Machine at Politics Resources
  7. ^ Shipley, Andy (24 January 2006). "Vicar praying for Scot votes; Clergyman heads north on the by-election trail". Birmingham Mail. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  8. ^ "By-election candidates announced". BBC News. 27 January 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  9. ^ Dunfermline & West Fife By-election at Politics Resources
  10. ^ Parliamentary By-election: Henley at Politics Resources
  11. ^ UK General Election results May 2010 Archived 2011-08-11 at the Wayback Machine at Politics Resources
  12. ^ "Newark By-Election results". Newark and Sherwood District Council. 5 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Birmingham Edgbaston Results". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  14. ^ Scott, Fiona (24 May 2004). "Blair backlash puts Euro seat in danger". Coventry Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  15. ^ "Euro election candidate to visit city; NEW PARTY WORKING FOR THE COMMON GOOD". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 4 May 2004. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2010.

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