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    Lately I've felt really out-of-touch with pretty much all the mainstream political parties, and was interested in how I might be able to set up a grassroots party from scratch. What would I need to do if I wanted to enter myself in the next General election?
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    (Original post by Seasick Steve)
    Lately I've felt really out-of-touch with pretty much all the mainstream political parties, and was interested in how I might be able to set up a grassroots party from scratch. What would I need to do if I wanted to enter myself in the next General election?
    I think you have to pay a 5,00 pound deposit and if you don't get a certain number of votes you lose it.

    Yep - http://www.parliament.uk/about/mps-a...ps/candidates/
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    http://www.electoralcommission.org.u...heet-FINAL.pdf

    The deposit is £500
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    Anybody can.


    But it costs money, effort and can't be done whilst being a part-time student.


    (It's not that easy).

    You also have to pay to enter yourself in a general election to stop every, Tom **** and Harry doing so and there being more candidates than voters.


    Secondly if you don't reach a certain amount of votes (Can't remember if it's 5% or 10% or maybe more) then you don't get your money back.



    Then who would support you?
    Who would read your manifesto?
    What makes your party able to rule the country if you now so little about politics that you don't even know how to start your own party?


    See what I mean?

    Not easy.
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    (Original post by Agenda Suicide)
    Anybody can.


    But it costs money, effort and can't be done whilst being a part-time student.


    (It's not that easy).

    You also have to pay to enter yourself in a general election to stop every, Tom **** and Harry doing so and there being more candidates than voters.


    Secondly if you don't reach a certain amount of votes (Can't remember if it's 5% or 10% or maybe more) then you don't get your money back.



    Then who would support you?
    Who would read your manifesto?
    What makes your party able to rule the country if you now so little about politics that you don't even know how to start your own party?


    See what I mean?

    Not easy.
    Thanks for the help, I was hoping to plan the basics first eg. manifesto / emblem / name and then get into the nitty-gritty complicated deposits and registering when I've graduated from university.
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    (Original post by Seasick Steve)
    Thanks for the help, I was hoping to plan the basics first eg. manifesto / emblem / name and then get into the nitty-gritty complicated deposits and registering when I've graduated from university.
    I can only wish you but the best of luck.


    If you follow your dreams who knows.

    If you are really serious and are looking to get somewhere people need a clean break from politicians.

    Stay clean, stay honest and stay human.

    It's what people need at the minute. Somebody who they can relate to.


    If it's any help you'd be better finding a group of people who agree with you in your policies as it would be substantially easier, both spreading your ideas and campaigning and funding it.
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    (Original post by Agenda Suicide)

    Stay clean, stay honest and stay human.
    He's going into politics.
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    Yes but you need to be radically different from the others mainstream parties and you need to have a circle of people around you who are politically likeminded and interested in fighting for the cause.
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    But if you want your party to win the General Election you will need £500 x 325 constuencies = £162,500.
    Plus a few more thousands for leafletting, advertising etc.
    So really you need a cool £million to start with.

    Good luck.

    The conservatives are funded mainly by millionaires.
    The labour party mainly by trade unions.
    The BNP by racists.
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    No sadly you cannot. If you party does becomes popular you will be infiltrated by mi5 or face rape allegations like Assange
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    (Original post by Seasick Steve)
    Thanks for the help, I was hoping to plan the basics first eg. manifesto / emblem / name and then get into the nitty-gritty complicated deposits and registering when I've graduated from university.
    I don't mean to be harsh, but seriously don't waste your time - this is pointless.

    What is your political position? Are you left wing or right wing? Please don't tell me "Oh, I'm not any -wing at all! I'm new and original!" because that means absolutely nothing.

    I'm sure there is room for someone of your opinions in at least 1 of the main 3 parties, or if not any of them then in UKIP or the Greens? Why don't you look into what each party believes in and find the one that best suits you.
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    Your best bet is to focus on your local area, as an individual you'll have essentially no influence over national politics, even if you are one of 600 MPs. So your manifesto needs to be based on local issues more than anything else. In the long run, if you are successful, expand your influence to the surrounding area, but I wouldn't bother with this unless you've actually been elected as an MP or were very close to being elected.
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    (Original post by Super Cicero)
    I don't mean to be harsh, but seriously don't waste your time - this is pointless.

    What is your political position? Are you left wing or right wing? Please don't tell me "Oh, I'm not any -wing at all! I'm new and original!" because that means absolutely nothing.

    I'm sure there is room for someone of your opinions in at least 1 of the main 3 parties, or if not any of them then in UKIP or the Greens? Why don't you look into what each party believes in and find the one that best suits you.
    No no, I'm right-wing - more so than the Tories and UKIP, yet nowhere near as extreme as the BNP.
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    (Original post by Seasick Steve)
    Lately I've felt really out-of-touch with pretty much all the mainstream political parties, and was interested in how I might be able to set up a grassroots party from scratch. What would I need to do if I wanted to enter myself in the next General election?
    What are your policies? All the parties in parliament at the moment basically have the same intentions, all of which I thoroughly disagree with. Impress me and you might have your first vote.

    I honestly think that the majority of people in the uk feel out of touch with every single current political party. If you pitch it right, you could be PM sooner than you expect.

    Any party that could convince the uk that they could actually deliver on a promise to reduce immigration by about 500,000 would be guaranteed power in the next general election.

    60% of the people in the uk think that there's been too much immigration already. Make a promise to those people and you would be well on your way.
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    (Original post by tleave2000)
    What are your policies? All the parties in parliament at the moment basically have the same intentions, all of which I thoroughly disagree with. Impress me and you might have your first vote.

    I honestly think that the majority of people in the uk feel out of touch with every single current political party. If you pitch it right, you could be PM sooner than you expect.

    Any party that could convince the uk that they could actually deliver on a promise to reduce immigration by about 500,000 would be guaranteed power in the next general election.

    60% of the people in the uk think that there's been too much immigration already. Make a promise to those people and you would be well on your way.
    Rubbish. Immigration isn't the big issue, the economy is!
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    1stly to the last comment, The economy is suffering BECAUSE of immigration, a trained monkey could tell you that. when you have foreign workers sending money back to there own countries, whilst living on extreme minimals here to save for their return home where the currency is worth more, does not help the host county (UK), same as housing, we have families squeezed into houses with not enough room, and young workers having to move back into their parents houses because housing is so limited the prices have gone through the roof, Whilst we allow 500,000 immigrants come here every year.....guess what they not only need houses as well, but are priority for getting them due to it being and often Emergency housing situation. lol. Oh and of coarse 500,000 extra people in this tiny island EVERY YEAR has no strain what so ever for the NHS, no thats all those nasty British smokers, and drinkers.
    Oh and the education system how dare us brits complain, when there are so few white children in some schools, a 9 year old caucation boy hang himself yesterday because he was bullied for being white...in his own country. Schools where the teachers have to watch and teach children in different languages thats a great way of our british children getting even less attention in actually learning anything properly.



    Lastly this thread was initially to find out the ins and outs of how you started your own party, Not what everyones fking opinion was and what this person should and shouldnt attempt. Just because you yourself wouldn't have what it takes to start a party, doesn't mean this person doesnt. i say if you think you can make this country a better place you carry on, because it certainly cant get much worse.
    Why do we keep voting for the same ****e parties when then lie to us constantly, They have lost our money in both the nasty little Iceland incident and through crafty banking tactics with the fixing of rates and throwing money into lost cause foreign banks, the business recently with the government claiming for houses they didn't have and spending obscene amounts of money on luxury living while the rest of us skrimp and save and students struggle to make ends meet. isnt it about time we started voting for something a bit different.

    You all mock some one who wanted to change things, is it not you who should be mocked for not.


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    I don't agree with your political stance but I'm not going to discourage you however I would point out due to the political system of this country your pissing against a 90mph gust of wind blowing a brick wall in your face.

    Just to cover some of the basics:

    You need a few people beside yourself to form the party so get searching for friends and relatives within a similar political frame of mind to yourself. One of these people will need nominating as chairman.

    You need publicity, stand in council elections and push for newspaper coverage.

    You need money to run an efficient and vote-winning party. You'll obviously never be able to pull in the kind of money that the big three do however you will need some money. Council elections cost nothing to stand in, Parliamentary elections are £500 a candidate.

    You are going to struggle to get elected anywhere. The vast majority of people in this country who vote cast their ballot for Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, UKIP or in the devolved countries a nationalist party. For this reason small parties are automatically locked out of Westminster. Take the recent Corby by-election, for example, in which 14 candidates stood for election and 4 of them took 94.3% of the popular vote. That is the kind of mountain you are facing in setting up a political party. If you think you're the next Bebbe Grillo then go for it.

    Even the medium sized parties such as the Greens have took years, decades even, to get a foothold in parliament.
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    Hi ive just come across your article I'm not impressed with your view of the world and economics, this may be because of your life experience and age so i wouldn't condemn you for having a view, Anyway i'll try to impasse my experience in life. The first mistake people make is that they think they are important and of value,the second is they believe they have the right to claim the country
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    Super Cicero What a b***s*** answer? If none of the so called main parties do it for you then you SHOULD make your own party. If your manifesto is strong enough people will vote for you. If they don't and you lose the seat or don't get the required percentage of votes at least you can say you gave it a shot. Good Luck!!
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    What a revival.

    Don't make a political party - it's a waste of time. You will never win. Political parties should only be made when there is a political roundabout - breakdown of parties or national scandals.

    Join a party that most aligns to your views from the B2 parties and get involved locally. Vote on local issues and stand as a councillor. Attempt to become a Parliamentary Secretary to someone important. Maybe you will get parachuted to a safe seat or you will stand in your own one and fight a campaign. Students memberships cost 1 - 25 pounds a year, it's not hard to get involved.

    Alternatively join one of the 3 smaller parties (LibDem, UKIP, Green) but you have less chance of not only being elected but ever getting somewhere.

    All parties have factions. Conservatives have Libertarians (Conservative Way Forward), Protectionist-Centrists (One-Nation Tory/Tory Reform Group), Civil-rights pushers (LGBTory), Nationalist-Interventionists (Conservative Monday Club), Religious faction (92 Group), Social conservatives (Cornerstone Group) ... I'm sure the situation is the same with Labour, where you have Blairites (Kendall), Unionists (Burnham), Socialists (Corbyn) and weird people (Cooper) - even Tories have Trade Unionist pressure groups (Conservatives At Work)

    There is no chance that your political views do not have a faction already at one of the 5 big parties.
 
 
 
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