- Christian Party (UK)
Christian Party Leader George Hargreaves Founded 2005 Ideology Christianity,
Political position Right-wing National affiliation Alliance for Democracy International affiliation None European affiliation None European Parliament Group None Official colours Violet Website http://www.christianparty.org.uk/ Politics of the United Kingdom
Operation Christian Vote
The party originated as Operation Christian Vote, which was founded by Hargreaves in May 2004. It was based in Ilford, London. The party contested the 2004 European Elections in the Scotland constituency, gaining 1.8% of the popular vote.
Hargreaves was a candidate for Operation Christian Vote in the Birmingham Hodge Hill by-election, where he received 90 votes, last place in a field of seven candidates, and lost his deposit. In the 2005 general election, Hargreaves stood in Na h-Eileanan an Iar, where he placed fourth, ahead of the Conservatives, and retained his deposit with 1,048 votes, or 7.6%.
The party became known as the Christian Party at the end of 2005.
The party claims to use the talents of Christians in different callings to legislate against religious, spiritual, moral and social problems in society.
At the time of the Scottish election in 2007, the Scottish Christian Party produced a manifesto including the following:
- a proposed referendum on the reinstitution of the death penalty for murder where there are at least two human witnesses.
- legislation to ban abortion.
- increased taxation on alcohol and tobacco.
- initiatives to bring personal responsibility to bear upon "self-inflicted disease" (such as alcoholism).
- zero tolerance on drug possession.
- curfews for under-11-year-olds, with mandatory intervention of child protection agencies in relation to any child 10 years or younger who is found unaccompanied on the street after 9:00pm.
- the reintroduction of the right of teachers to use corporal punishment in extreme circumstances.
- greater observance of a weekly day of rest (Sunday).
- limits around coastlines to preserve stocks of fish and sand eels.
- promotion in school of chastity before marriage.
- re-instatement of Section 2A (also known as Section 28).
- the re-introduction of corporate readings from the Bible in all Scottish state schools.
- provision of Christian religious education on a mandatory basis, with no obligation to promote other faiths, regardless of the wishes of those being instructed or their parents. There currently exists a level of compulsory Christian observance in most British schools, so these policies are calling for this to be increased.
- a "science" curriculum which should "reflect the evidence of creation/design" in the universe (see Creation-evolution controversy).
- public health campaigns to discourage homosexuality alongside excessive drinking and the use of addictive substances, whilst maintaining "God loves and we should love" such individuals.
- the restoration of the right for parents to smack their children (as with prayer, this right currently exists and the policy is a call for an increase).
- "Mind Pollution Levy" on 18 certificate films, DVDs, CDs, video games and top-shelf magazines.
- a re-establishment of the principle of the innocent party in a divorce being acknowledged in any divorce settlement.
- discouragement of the practice of addressing women as "Ms.".
- opposition to the practice of altering birth certificates to reflect gender confirmation surgery.
- replacing the standard of 'beyond reasonable doubt' with the more biblical 'evidence of two or three reliable witnesses' in the criminal justice system.
- that Mechanical Copyright Protection enjoyed by songwriters should be extended to featured recording artists and record producers.
- that a minimum royalty percentage (the level of which should be decided through consultation with the music industry) should be paid to featured recording artists and producers on exactly the same basis as is currently paid to songwriters.
- Increased restrictions on immigration.
Candidates from the party stood in Sedgefield by-election, 2007 and Ealing Southall by-election, 2007. The party got 26,575 votes (0.7%) in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election and 8,693 votes (0.9%) in the 2007 Welsh Assembly Election; it did not come close to winning any seats.
Hargreaves stood for the party at the Haltemprice and Howden by-election, 2008 and got 76 votes or 0.3% of the total votes cast.
In the 2010 United Kingdom general election, the party stood 71 candidates, gaining 18,623 votes.
Registration as a party
The party was registered by the Electoral Commission on 29 April 2004, with the name 'Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship!"'. It has registered nine Party Descriptions, and two translations, to be used on ballot papers, namely:
- Christian Party
- Christian Party (Scotland)
- Christian Party (Wales)
- Scottish Christian Party
- Scottish Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship"
- The Christian Party
- The Scottish Christian Party
- Welsh Christian Party
- Welsh Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship"
- Plaid Gristionogol Cymru
- Plaid Gristionogol Cymru "Datgan Arglwyddiaeth Crist"
- Alliance for Democracy
- The Christian Peoples Alliance is another Christian party in the UK
- Politics of Scotland
- ^ a b "Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship"". Register of political parties. The Electoral Commission. 2004-04-29. http://registers.electoralcommission.org.uk/regulatory-issues/regpoliticalparties.cfm?frmGB=1&frmPartyID=497&frmType=partydetail. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
- ^ http://www.whfp.com/1677/editor.html
- ^ "Scotland On Sunday". http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=643822004.
- ^ "Christian right forces attack "blasphemous" British television comedy". http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/jan2005/spri-j18.shtml.
- ^ "Highlands and Islands Branch of SCP". http://www.highlandsandislandschristianparty.co.uk.
- ^ "SCP Manifesto". http://christianparty.homestead.com/l_manifesto.pdf.
- ^ "Religious assemblies 'to go on'". BBC News. 28 April 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3666211.stm. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- ^ "School worship 'has to continue'". BBC News. 15 August 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4794993.stm. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- ^ "Plan for school assembly opt-out". BBC News. 14 January 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7827291.stm. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- ^ http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/tm_headline=christian-group-wants--evil--welsh-flag-changed&method=full&objectid=18700606&siteid=50082-name_page.html
- The Christian Party website
- Scottish Christian party website
- Welsh Christian party website
- Electoral Commission record for the Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship"
- The Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship": Statement of accounts for the year ending 31 December 2006
- and Islands Christian Party website
- 2007 Scottish Christian Party Manifesto
- 2011 Welsh Christian Party Manifesto
- TimesOnline article: "One of these men is a Bible-thumping moralist, the other a gay activist, but which one wrote the hit So Macho?"
- Christian right forces attack “blasphemous” British television comedy
- Scottish Christian Party face fines for illegal posters
- Scottish Christian Party call in police
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