Alliance EPP: European People's Party UK

Alliance EPP: European People's Party UK[1][2][3]
LeaderDirk Hazell
Founded2012 (2012)[1]
HeadquartersOffice 103, 405 Kings Road, London, SW10 0BB
IdeologyConservatism
Pro-Europeanism
Political positionCentre-right
European affiliationnone
ColoursBlue, gold and red
Website
www.4freedomsparty.eu

The Alliance EPP: European People's Party UK, also known as UK EPP and the 4 Freedoms Party, is a pro-European Union, centre-right political party in the United Kingdom. It first contested an election at the 2014 European Parliament elections.[4]

Political stance[edit]

The party leader is Dirk Hazell, who is a former Conservative councillor[5] and has been a candidate for the Liberal Democrats.

In its initial campaign before the 2014 European Parliament elections, the party was critical of the Conservative Party's departure from the European People's Party group in 2009 and opposed calls for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. It positioned itself as a conservative, pro-European alternative to the Conservative Party and the UK Independence Party, which it condemned as "Britain's hard right".[6] The party called for EU reform and a greater focus on jobs and training.[7] It expressed support for Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms, in addition to the EU's Four Freedoms.[8] The UK EPP claimed an association with the European People's Party family[3] but is not actually a member.[9]

European Parliament elections[edit]

In 2014, the party fielded candidates for the European election in the London constituency only.[10] It polled 28,014 votes across the city and failed to win any seats.

The party had little public activity following the 2014 European Parliament election.

Alliance EPP did not contest the 2019 European Parliament election. Its political space became occupied predominantly by Change UK, formed in early 2019 by former Labour and Conservative members, which stood candidates in all constituencies except Northern Ireland. Change UK gathered 571,846 votes (3.3%) but did not win any seats.[11]

Other Conservative EPP MEPs in 2014-2019[edit]

Without any link to the Alliance EPP party, two British MEPs formerly elected with the Conservative Party, Richard Ashworth and Julie Girling, joined the European People's Party group on 28 February 2018.[12] Ashworth later joined Change UK[13] and was a candidate for it at the 2019 European Parliament election, at which he failed to be re-elected. Girling did not stand for re-election in the 2019 European Parliament election, declaring support for the Liberal Democrats, and later became the leader of the Renew Party.[14] Alliance EPP's founder, Dirk Hazell, has been critical of Girling and Ashworth on Twitter.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Registration, Electoral Commission
  2. ^ "General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party", The Independent, 5 May 2015
  3. ^ a b "Written evidence – Alliance EPP: European People’s Party UK (BRU0003)", House of Lords Scrutinising Brexit: the role of Parliament – Follow-Up Inquiry, 30 September 2016
  4. ^ Rogal, Andreas. "New UK centre-right party aims to fill UK gap in EPP" Archived 17 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Europolitics. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Who we are" Archived 15 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine. 4 Freedoms Party (UK EPP). Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  6. ^ Vincenti, Daniela. "New UK EPP party vows to be the alternative to Tories, UKIP". EurActiv. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  7. ^ "European elections: 4 Freedoms Party on EPP allies", BBC News, 13 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  8. ^ Vincenti, Daniela. "Hazell: 'We must challenge UKIP’s anti-EU fear mongers'", EurActiv, 24 April 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Parties & Partners". epp.eu. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  10. ^ "European elections: Party-by-party guide", BBC News, 8 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  11. ^ a b "The UK's European elections 2019". BBC News. 27 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Two MEPs elected as Tories defect to join Jean-Claude Juncker's parliamentary group". The Independent. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Change UK party approved for European elections". BBC News. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  14. ^ Adam Payne [@adampayne26] (10 May 2019). "Change UK MEP Julie Girling has told Remainers to vote for the Lib Dems in the European elections" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ @DirkHazell (17 April 2019). "He is, and was while you supported AfD" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
    - @DirkHazell (7 June 2019). "45 votes for @juliegirling party" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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