Libertarian Party v The Government – latest

Following attempts by the Coalition to bar Andrew Withers from becoming Leader of the Libertarian Party we have taken legal advice and requested clarification from the Electoral Commission on the legality or otherwise of the government’s actions. I have previously posted on this here, here and here.

This afternoon the following email was received from the Electoral Commission and is their considered opinion on Vince Cable’s attempt to remove Andrew Withers as Leader of the Libertarian Party through the courts.

The current proceedings taken against you is a matter for the Courts to decide.

If the party makes an application to appoint you as Leader, then we shall consider the application in accordance with PPERA taking account of any implications of the Court decision. If approved, we shall update the party’s registered entry.

So the considered opinion of the Electoral Commission is that the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has the right to determine who shall and who shall not be the Leader or an officer of a political party.

Also that it is the Electoral Commission’s considered opinion that it is up a court to decide whether Andrew Withers will be the elected Leader of a registered political party, not the members, and that the Electoral Commission will approve an ‘application’ from the Party, not a notification from the members that a new Leader has been elected.

Freedom of association has been the bedrock of our parliamentary democracy, under the Coalition the freedom to associate will be decided by the Government.

I wonder if we’ll all be arrested on Saturday for subversion when Andrew becomes Party Leader.


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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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12 Responses to Libertarian Party v The Government – latest

  1. Abdullah says:

    I look forward to Saturday!

  2. Lord T says:

    Cool. That must mean they are happy with Nick Griffin, as leader of the BNP, and Gerry Adams, as leaderof Sinn Fein (or whatever).

    It seems Andrew must be a very bad lad if he is being rejected by the same group that approved these.

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  4. Sue says:

    Just vote him in as leader if that’s what everyone wants. I think they’ve got a bloody cheek and are overstepping their authority.

    We, the people are the ultimate authority and we can’t let them forget it.

    Everyone who believes in democracy will back your decision.

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  7. Henry North says:

    Now that will be interesting. We can all display a nice banner in the public gallery…

  8. Swindon Alan says:

    This needs some traction in the MSM. It is completely illustrative of the current situation that we find ourselves in as ‘citizens’ of this 1984 communitarian state. Will Booker, Delingpole et all take up the cause? Will Carswell or Hannan speak out and get noticed?

    Probably not. We are all happily sitting in a handcart on the way to hell. Ah well, the EU and Westminster will implode soon, so don’t lose sleep over it.

  9. And the powers that be still have the nerve to tell us that we live in a democratic country – I think not!

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