Regional parties hoping to give London-based parties an election ‘bloody nose’

 

Regional parties hoping to give London-based parties an election 'bloody nose'

 

It was ultimately unsuccessful, but the campaign for devolution in Scotland has fanned the flames of regional rule in the North-East that were never quite extinguished by the 2004 ‘no’ vote.

The North East Party was launched less than a year ago as the independence campaign north of the border was in full swing. On May 7, it will field four candidates in Easington, Redcar, Stockton North and Newcastle North.

Vice-chair Susan McDonnell, who formed the party with former Labour MP Hilton Dawson, admitted they had hoped to have more candidates standing, but people who had initially shown an interest backed away when they realised the effort involved.

“They also had to find £500 for the deposit from their own pocket which may have put them off,” says Mrs McDonnell, who will contest the Easington seat.

The party wants to see a referendum for the the region’s 12 unitary authorities to be replaced by a single North-East government, however Mrs McDonnell stresses that it is not all about devolution.

“It’s about decision making taking place in the North-East by people from the North-East – we’re sick to death of being the poor relation in the North.”

 The party’s manifesto includes other proposals such as replacing council tax with a property tax. £1 billion would be invested in North-East enterprise and jobs from a new land tax, and older people would get free care.

The party has enjoyed some early success with two councillors voted on to Peterlee Town Council, and Mrs McDonnell says its membership is growing fast.

“We’re got quite a large presence on social media and are getting people from all over the region travelling to our meetings – Blyth, Newcastle, Redcar, Hartlepool and Stockton.”

The candidate accepts she may not be able to defeat the standing Easington MP, Grahame Morris, who has a majority of almost 15,000, but she adds: “I’m having a whale of a time.

“I am taking it very seriously but I also understand it’s a game. I’m not so naive to think that I will win on May 7 but I will give Grahame Morris as good a run as he’s ever had – I hope to give him a bloody nose.”

 The candidate welcomes Ukip‘s decision to field current MEP Jonathan Arnott in the Easington constituency, saying the North East Party believes it will split the Labour vote considerably.

The party is one of several regional parties which have appeared around the country in recent years, with many forming an allegiance under the Vote Local banner.

Mrs Mc Donnell says the parties have been launched because of a combination of being disillusioned with the mainstream Westminster centred parties and the referendum in Scotland. The new parties include Yorkshire First, which wants to see a Yorkshire parliament.

Devolution and regionalism expert Arianna Giovannini, who lectures at Huddersfield University, said the idea of regionalist parties was not new.

However, she adds: “What is certainly new is the emergence of regionalist parties in the North of England, ie Yorkshire First, the North East Party, and the Campaign for the North.”

Dr Giovannini says the emerging regionalist parties have great potential, especially if they succeed in joining forces with other organisations and movements, and manage to achieve grassroots support.

But she adds:

“Whether regional devolution in the North of England will succeed or fall may well hinge on the ability to generate democratic momentum, creating a clear, bold, confident and concerted vision for the future.

“However, the story of the Scottish Constitutional Convention tells us that such a process will take time, and cannot be rushed or accomplished overnight. In this sense, the following months and the results and effects of the imminent general election will be crucial in shaping the path ahead.”

The North East Party may not yet be big enough to change the course of the devolution debate in this region, but it is certainly a sign of the growing desire to see greater powers handed over.

Source –  Northern Echo, 09 Apr 2015

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  1. Chris

    SMALL PARTIES BEST PLACED TO WIN IN 2015

    In most voting areas, the bulk of people did not vote.

    The big parties did not win in 2010,
    because they won in voting areas
    where most voters did not come out to vote.

    Examples of these are on my website:
    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

    NO SINGLE PARTY CAN EVER AGAIN RULE UK PARLIAMENT

    The UK parliament has 650 MP jobs.

    A UK parliament majority to rule in government needs 323-326 MP minimum,
    but that can be a group of parties, as is the norm in Europe.

    The Tories got around 300 seats.
    Labour about 250 seats.
    Lib dems about 50 seats.

    THIS IS THE MATH

    Parties of the poor of the left could win over 100 MPs.

    If the poor, in or out of work, and poor pensioners, poor disabled and their carers
    knew about them.

    SNP all 59 MPs in Scotland

    Plaid Cymru all 40 MPs in Wales

    Mebyon Kernow all 6 MPs in Cornwall

    Labour around 190 MPs left in UK parliament,
    so Labour cannot win on its own ever again,
    just like any other so-called big party.

    Total result gives a group of parties with an unassiable majority
    to rule UK parliament

    Of over 400 MPs and more.

    The Tories and Lib Dems would be much reduced, into a minority opposition.

    MAJORITY OF VOTING AREAS
    MORE PEOPLE DID NOT COME OUT TO VOTE
    AS VOTES GAINED BY TORY AND LIB DEM MPs

    The poor, in and out of work, and poor pensioners, and poor disabled vastly outnumber all other voters.

    97 per cent of benefit goes to poor pensioners, then working poor, with only around 2 per cent to the unemployed.

    WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO NOT VOTE ON THURSDAY 7 MAY?
    http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/3063-8-april-2015-newsletter

    CARER’S ALLOWANCE Cut From 40 Per Cent Of Claimants
    As Only Paid To Those Eligible To Universal Credit

    TAX ON
    DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE,
    PERSONAL INDEPENDENT PAYMENTS AND
    ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE (last for over 65s who have personal care needs)

    PERMANENT SANCTIONS UNDER UNIVERSAL CREDIT
    As Lesser Benefit Of Hardship Payments
    Becomes A Recoverable Loan
    By Direct Deductions
    From Your Future Benefit Or Wages
    By Court Action

    HOUSING BENEFIT ABSORBED INTO UNIVERSAL CREDIT*

    COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT – BEING DISCUSSED – ABSORBED INTO UNIVERSAL CREDIT
    (Already cut to 3 million people, even jobless)

    UNIVERSAL CREDIT has absorbed Pension Credit, as not paid if either of a couple
    are below raised retirement age.

    FLAT RATE STATE PENSION abolishes Pension Credit (savings) new claimants 2016.

    Pension Credit guarantee credits becomes more complex conditional / means tested from 2016.

    Axeing Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance And Job Seekers Allowance,

    Abolishing Work-Related Activity Group Of ESA.

    Universal Credit Replaces Income Based JSA And ESA.

    Making People Pay The First 10% Of Their Housing Benefit*

    REGIONAL BENEFIT CAPS – £23,000 LIMIT ONLY LONDON,
    LOWER LIMIT ELSEWHERE

    NIL STATE PENSION FOR HUGE NUMBERS OF MEN AND WOMEN FOR LIFE
    See end of:
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    WHO ARE THE PARTIES OF THE POOR OF THE LEFT?

    – TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) is the 6th biggest party nationally
    fielding 134 MP candidates and 1000 councillor candidates,
    but entirely ignored by national press and TV news.

    TUSC made up of sacked Labour party MP, councillors, who voted against austerity cuts budgets
    and trade union officials against austerity cuts

    CLASS WAR – about a dozen MP candidates – Double dole and pension

    including:

    – Liza McKenzie (Fellow (Professor) at London School of Economics)
    against Iain Duncan Smith
    Chingford and Wood Green (London)

    THERESA MAY

    Voting area Maidenhead

    – Class War candidate Joe Wilcox

    National Health Action party – about 13 MP candidates,
    including
    1 against Jeremy Hunt
    South West Surrey
    NHA party candidate – Louise Irvine

    PRIME MINISTER CAMERON

    Witney voting area
    VOTE:
    
National Health Action – Clive Peedell

    Socialist GB – about 10 candidates
    The real original anti austerity

    The Left Unity Party – about 10 candidates
    Abolish workfare, sanctions, the whole kit and caboodle of welfare cuts

    Mebyon Kernow – 6 MP candidates
    Anti austerity party against the most marginal Tory and Lib Dem Seats in England

    SNP in Scotland – replace 11 Lib Dems and the 1 Scxottish Tory, if all 59 SNP win.
    SNP paid council tax support and bedroom tax of the poor, in or out of work,
    so no cuts to the Scottish poor.
    Bulk of poor going to foodbanks are in work.
    Also SNP will campaign to abolish the House of Lords
    so cutting 900 Peers on expenses
    with a champagne budget.
    (Not original Cromwell abolished the House of Lords
    back in the 1600s after winning the English Civil War but the next king brought them back.
    Nothing whatever to do with western democracy parliament).

    Plaid Cymru –
    Living Wage for all Welsh

    EXAMPLES OF HOW POOR OUTNUMBER ALL OTHER VOTERS
    AND MORE ABOUT THE PARTIES OF THE POOR OF THE LEFT

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

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