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Northern Independence Party

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Northern Independence Party
LeaderPhilip Proudfoot
Founded21 October 2020; 5 months ago (2020-10-21)
Ideology
  • Northern independence
  • Secessionism
  • Democratic socialism[1]
Political positionLeft-wing
Colours          Burgundy and yellow
Website
www.freethenorth.co.uk

The Northern Independence Party (NIP) is a secessionist democratic socialist political party in Northern England. It campaigns for the region to become independent from the rest of England and the United Kingdom, as a new state called Northumbria. It currently has no elected representatives at any level of UK politics.

The party was founded in October 2020 by Philip Proudfoot, who is also its current leader.[2]

Background[edit]

The NIP was formed on 21 October 2020 by Philip Proudfoot, a development studies lecturer and former Labour Party activist.[3][4][5]

Inspired by the successes of the Scottish National Party's campaign for an independent Scotland, the NIP seeks to make the North of England an independent state under the name Northumbria.[6] The proposed borders are based on the historical region of Northumbria, stretching from the Humber to Berwick-upon-Tweed.[7] The party has proposed York as a possible capital city,[1] though has also proposed having multiple capitals in order to spread prosperity across the region.[7]

The party describes itself as a democratic socialist party, advocating a "green industrial rebirth" and "socialism with a northern accent".[5] Proudfoot has characterised the party as a revolt against both the Conservative Party, which he says does not represent the region, and the Labour Party which he says has taken the region for granted.[5] However, he has suggested the party would be willing to work cross-party with politicians like as the Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, whom he credits with inspiring him to found the party.[5]

Proudfoot has said that the North of England has degraded since the rise of Thatcherism in the 1970s and 1980s. "The North's economic output is much higher than reported because companies manufacture in the region but are headquartered in London," he said. "Considering how much poverty is here and how bad our infrastructure is, it would make more sense to shift a lot more money to the North but they will never do that because it breaks the Westminster model where they filter our people, ideas and money to the capital."[7]

The party applied to the Electoral Commission for registration on 12 February 2021,[8] and plans to field a candidate for the first time at the 2021 Hartlepool by-election.[9][10]

In March 2021, former Labour Member of Parliament Thelma Walker declared her support for the NIP,[11] and was put forward by the party as a potential candidate for Hartlepool.[5][12]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Shone, Ethan (29 October 2020). "Northern Independence Party: the new campaign for an independent North of England explained". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  2. Maxwell, Kieran (21 January 2021). "NIP it in the bud: the case against Northern independence". The Social Review. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  3. Drury, Colin (3 November 2020). "An independent north? What an England severed in two might look like". The Independent. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  4. Kumar, Ashok; Proudfoot, Philip (20 December 2019). "Longing for Lavery: From the Labour Party to the Party of Labour". Verso. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Hayward, Freddie (26 March 2021). "Can the Northern Independence Party succeed?". The New Statesman. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  6. Marlborough, Conor (28 February 2021). "'Naturally, you look to Scotland': How the SNP's successes are bolstering new independence movements around the UK". The Scotsman. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Lockwood, Tasmin (16 November 2020). "County Durham man leads new party making the case for Northern Independence". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  8. "View current applications | Northern Independence Party". The Electoral Commission. 12 February 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  9. Shone, Ethan (16 March 2021). "EXCLUSIVE: Northern Independence Party to stand first parliamentary candidate in Hartlepool by-election". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  10. "North of England independence party to stand in Hartlepool by-election". Nation.Cymru. 16 March 2021. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  11. Walker, Thelma [@Thelma_DWalker]. "Independence for the North of England? Great interview from @novaramedia I'm supporting @FreeNorthNow" (Tweet). Retrieved 23 March 2021 – via Twitter. Missing or empty |date= (help)
  12. Northern Independence Party [@FreeNorthNow] (26 March 2021). "This Sunday, NIP Members will select between three potential candidates for the coming By-Election. Those candidates are: James Crow John Pendergast Thelma Walker" (Tweet). Retrieved 26 March 2021 – via Twitter.

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