People's Democratic Party (United Kingdom)
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|Founder||Lee Robert Holmes|
|Founded||24 July 2012|
|Dissolved||16 October 2017|
|Headquarters||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Colours||Red and blue|
The People's Democratic Party of Great Britain (PDP) was a minor centrist and secular political party in the United Kingdom. It advocated giving democratic power back to "ordinary people" and away from the traditional larger three political parties of the United Kingdom. It also supported equality of opportunity, meritocracy, aspiration, localism, social justice, free quality state education and the National Health Service.
The party was founded in July 2012 by Lee Robert Holmes, who was a local candidate for the Conservatives and campaigner against the Iraq War. The party was created in response to what it saw as "career politicians" and a political class that was "out of touch with ordinary people". The major justification for this assertion was given as the budget of 2012, in which George Osborne of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government reduced the top rate of income tax and of corporation tax during a period of austerity, a fall in living standards and reduced disposable income.
Policies were voted upon annually by members. The party had a mix of economically conservative and socially liberal policies, for example advocating the reduction of "red tape" to enterprise, while supporting civil partnerships and maintaining the UK as signatory member of European Convention on Human Rights. The party supported a living wage for working adults. The party wished to see a reconstituted House of Lords partially appointed by local councils. The party also supported a reduction in the deposit required for parliamentary elections to £250. In foreign policy, the party advocated more practical assistance for fledgling democracies in the Middle East and an increase in ties between the UK and Commonwealth countries. On the question of the European Union, the party supported a binding referendum on membership after the successful completion of membership renegotiation, with a Royal Commission report on the advantages and disadvantages of membership and a six-month public awareness campaign ahead of the referendum. The party believed "Immigration is an issue of resources not race" and aimed to stabilise British population at current levels.
The party ran a Community Advocacy Programme that aimed to offer practical campaigning aid to community groups and a service for advocacy to local community groups.
The party supported a reduction in the powers centralised in Westminster and a greater distribution of government departments and resources to other regions, ostensibly to reduce running costs. A greater goal of the party was a feasibility study regarding the possibility of moving the British capital from London to the "geographic centre" of the UK.
Adults who are British citizens and not a member of another political party could join without a fee.
- "People's Democratic Party". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
- "Home". Pdpgb.org.uk. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "Local Election Results 2011". Gateshead.gov.uk. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- Holmes, Lee (12 September 2012). "Voters want politicians who listen to their basic concerns". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "Disposable income at nine-year low, ONS figures show". BBC News. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "Policies 2013/14". Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "News/Campaigns". Pdpgb.org.uk. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "Home". Pdpgb.org.uk. Archived from the original on 18 April 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2014. Unknown parameter
- "BBC News - Labour's Lucy Powell wins Manchester Central election". Bbc.co.uk. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "Manchester Central By-Election 2012 - election result, election coverage". English Elections. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "View registration - the Electoral Commission".
- "View current applications".
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