Freedom Alliance (UK)

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Freedom Alliance
LeaderCarol Dobson[1]
ChairmanSteven Pannas[2]
SpokespersonMiri Finch[2]
FounderJonathan Tilt[3]
Founded16 March 2020 (2020-03-16)[4]
HeadquartersPO Box 215
Clayton West
Huddersfield
HD8 1FF[5]
Ideology
  • COVID-19 lockdown scepticism
  • Libertarianism[6]
  • Devolution[1]
SloganPersonal freedom and liberty
House of Commons
0 / 650
Local government
0 / 18,330
Website
freedomalliance.co.uk

The Freedom Alliance is a libertarian political party in the UK. It was formed in response to what it sees as unnecessary "governmental restrictions and curtailments on free people" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

History[edit]

The party was registered with the Electoral Commission on 16 April 2020 by former acupuncturist Jonathan Tilt, veterinarian Carol Dobson, and Dr Mary Steven.[4] Their first leader was former Norwich City councillor Nigel Utton.[1] Originally a member of the Green Party before sitting as an independent, Utton resigned from the council after receiving criticism for calling COVID-19 "the biggest con in history” and attending the anti-lockdown Unite For Freedom rally.[7] Utton departed as leader on 13 January 2021, and was replaced by interim leader Carol Dobson.[1]

Policies[edit]

Freedom Alliance is focused mainly on combating what it describes as incursions on freedoms due to COVID-19. Its website describes the UK government's decision to enter lockdown as "draconian".[8] Pledging its commitment to "preserving and upholding the principles of bodily integrity", it cites the Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board ruling in an attempt to show the role of medical professionals in informed consent.[9] It also claims that the current application of Gillick competence, which allows under-16s to consent to medical procedures without parental knowledge, is flawed since "children are not competent decision-makers".[9] Their content has been shared on the pseudoscientific website Total Health Matters, which falsely claims that COVID-19 has not led to increased mortality.[10]

Outside of health issues, the party pursues an economically liberal path, calling for balanced budgets and lower deficit spending. Prior to the 2020 budget, it decried the use of quantitative easing by the Bank of England and high levels of government debt, stating that it would lead to high levels of inflation which would negatively impact the poorest in society.[11] It promotes devolution across the United Kingdom, and an increase in power for local government.

Electoral performance[edit]

Freedom Alliance will contest the 2021 local elections and the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Davies, Lien. "Introducing New Freedom Alliance Interim Leader". Freedom Alliance. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Leadership". Freedom Alliance. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  3. "Pre-Election Press Release". Freedom Alliance. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Registration summary - Freedom Alliance". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  5. http://search.electoralcommission.org.uk/English/Registrations/PP12667
  6. "Policies". Freedom Alliance. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  7. Grimmer, Dan (September 2, 2020). "'Councils resemble Taliban': fresh outburst as councillor who called coronavirus 'a con' quits". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  8. "One year On". Freedom Alliance. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Medical Freedom". Freedom Alliance. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  10. "Covid-19: A Thought Provoking Video by Freedom-Alliance.org". Total Health Matters. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  11. Davies, Lien. "Freedom Alliance. Pre-Budget Statement". Freedom Alliance. Retrieved 6 April 2021.


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