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Operation Christian Vote

Christian Party
Leader Jeff Green
Founded 2005
Ideology Christianity,
Euroscepticism,
Christian right,
Social conservatism
Social Interventionism
Political position Right-wing
National affiliation Alliance for Democracy
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament group None
Colours Violet
Website
http://www.englishchristianparty.org.uk/
Politics of the United Kingdom
Political parties
Elections

The Christian Party, includes the Scottish Christian Party[1] and Welsh Christian Party,[2] is a minor political organisation in Great Britain. Its leader is Jeff Green.

Operation Christian Vote

The party originated as Operation Christian Vote, which was founded by George Hargreaves in May 2004. It was based in Ilford, London.[3] The party contested the 2004 European Elections in the Scotland constituency,[4] 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 group was involved in protests, such as at Glasgow.[5]

The party became known as the Christian Party at the end of 2005.

Policies

The party claims to use the talents of Christians in different callings to legislate against religious, spiritual, moral and social problems in society.[6]

At the time of the Scottish election in 2007, the Scottish Christian Party produced a manifesto[7] 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-11s, 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,[8][9][10] 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.
  • a minimum royalty percentage (the level of which should be decided through consultation with the music industry) to be paid to featured recording artists and producers on exactly the same basis as is currently paid to songwriters.
  • increased restrictions on immigration.

In Wales, the party wants to see Wales represented on the Union Flag. The Christian Party appreciates that the red dragon would not be allowed on the flag of union, so instead promotes the inclusion of the wants to see the cross of St David incorporated into the Union Flag.

Electoral performance

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.

The party competed in the 2009 European elections retaining one deposit in the London region through gaining 51,336 votes (2.9%).

In the 2010 United Kingdom general election, the party stood 71 candidates, gaining 18,623 votes.

In June 2012 legal action was enacted on the Christian Party treasurer by the Electoral Commission of the UK for £2750 for failure to supply accounts for two years as well as for failure to pay previous fines.[11] The party de-registered the following month. Hargreaves was given a further 6 months to supply accounts, but failed to do so and was consequently fined a further £3000 on top of a previous fine of £1125 for failing to meet the deadline for provision of accounts.[12]

As a result, the party was re-registered in July 2012 and after the regulatory 6 months had elapsed, a new party was registered under a new party RPP with new leadership.

The newly registered Christian Party contested the Eastleigh by-election in February 2013 with their candidate Kevin Milburn, who stood on the real marriage ticket. Three of the four party candidates including UKIP declared themselves Christian under questioning on BBC live election broadcast.

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!"'.[2] 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"

The party was de-registered in July 2012, and re-registered in January 2013 without Hargreaves as one of the officers. Maggie Harrold is the party treasurer and Dr. Donald Boyd is the nominating officer. The leader of the Welsh Christian Party is Revd. David Griffiths.

See also

References

External links

  • 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
  • Highlands and Islands Christian Party website
  • 2007 Scottish Christian Party Manifesto
  • 2011 Welsh Christian Party Manifesto

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