Veterans and People's Party

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Veterans and People's Party
LeaderGeorge Reid[1]
FounderDamian McAndrew
FoundedMay 2017[2]
Headquarters20-22 Wenlock Road
London
N1 7GU
United Kingdom[1]
Ideology
Political positionNot confirmed; manifesto claims Centrist[4]
Colours  Gold
Local government
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Website
[VAPP[1]]

The Veterans and People's Party is a minor [4] political party in the United Kingdom. It was founded in mid-May 2017 by seven British military veterans to contest in the 2017 United Kingdom general election, and claims to have gained 8,000 members in its first month of existence.[2]

In the 2019 United Kingdom local elections, the party gained its first two councillors out of a total of 8 fielded candidates.[5][6][7]

In September 2019, along with all Independent Union councillors, the VPP councillor who made up the coalition at Hartlepool Borough Council defected to the Brexit Party, renaming their already existing coalition with the three Conservative councillors to the "Brexit and Conservative Coalition".[8][9] In February 2020 VPP Councillor returned to the Veterans and People's party after Boris Johnson delivered Brexit.[10]

Hartlepool Borough Council[edit]

In May 2019, following multiple defections from Labour to Socialist Labour at Hartlepool Borough Council, the party's councillor joined a coalition with the Conservatives and the Independent Union, forming the largest grouping with 11 councillors, 6 shy of control.[11][12]

In September 2019, with Independent Union colleagues, he joined the Brexit Party, but returned to the VPP in early 2020.[13]

2020 Remembrance Day[edit]

2020 Remembrance Day celebrations have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the UK; the hosting of large gatherings will have to be suspended but the UK Government recognises that smaller controlled ceremonies may take place under specific guidelines.[14] The VAPP Leader, George Reid, represented the Royal British Legion as the Chairman for the Boston District Branch at a local private ceremony.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "View registration". Electoral Commission. 4 September 2020. Archived from the original on 4 September 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b Hartley-Parkinson, Richard (29 June 2017). "8,000 UK veterans form new political party to start 'war with the politicians'". Metro.co.uk. London: DMG Media. Archived from the original on 5 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  3. ^ O'Carroll, Lisa; Gayle, Damien (23 June 2018). "Anti-Brexit protest: thousands march two years after referendum". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Archived from the original on 22 September 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2019. The mood among the pro-Brexit marchers was one of anger and defiance as far-right groups such as The White Pendragons and For Britain took their place alongside Veterans’ and People’s Party and Ukip with the sound of God Save the Queen and “Free Tommy” booming through the streets.
  4. ^ a b c Committee, The (28 September 2018). "Philosophy of the Veterans' and People's Party // Religious Ideology and extremism". In Horsfall, Robin E (ed.). The Veterans' and People's Party Manifesto 2018 (PDF) (1st ed.). Independent. pp. 15–16. ISBN 9781723981326. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 May 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019. The philosophy of the Veterans’ and People’s Party is a moderate, centrist philosophy founded on decency, integrity and honour. The Party want to take the best of conservatism and socialism and create a strong, brave society that has high moral standards.
  5. ^ "Full list of candidates in Boston Borough Council elections this Thursday". Boston Standard. Boston. 30 April 2019. Archived from the original on 10 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  6. ^ Turner, Ed (3 May 2019). "Results of the Hartlepool Local Government Elections". Hartlepool Borough Council. Hartlepool. Archived from the original on 10 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  7. ^ Nic, Marko (3 May 2019). "'I will tell people how it is - and if it's not nice, it's not nice,' says Hartlepool's new Veterans' and People's Party councillor". Hartlepool Mail. Hartlepool. Archived from the original on 4 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Brexit Party forms pact for Hartlepool control". BBC News. Broadcasting House, London. 13 September 2019. Archived from the original on 17 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  9. ^ Bartlett, Nicola (13 September 2019). "Nigel Farage's Brexit Party have just signed their first pact with the Tories". Daily Mirror. One Canada Square, London: Reach plc. Archived from the original on 13 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Hartlepool Council no longer under Brexit Party control". BBC News. Broadcasting House, London. 2 September 2020. Archived from the original on 2 September 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  11. ^ Marko, Nic (16 May 2019). "New leaders of Hartlepool council set to be decided at AGM next week". Hartlepool Mail. Hartlepool: Northeast Press. Archived from the original on 16 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  12. ^ Minting, Stuart; Metcalfe, Alex (10 May 2019). "Allegiances turned on their head at Ben Houchen's top table". Teesside Gazette. Middlesbrough: Gazette Media Company Ltd. Archived from the original on 12 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-51400045
  14. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday UK Government access date: 16 Nov 2020
  15. ^ https://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/news/people/people-boston-urged-remember-their-own-way-remembrance-parade-and-services-have-be-cancelled-3024721 Boston Standard access date: 16 Nov 2020