Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Just Political Party – The Centrist and Bremain Party For You



OVERVIEW AND CORE PRINCIPLES

The Just Political Party is a centrist party with the registered description “GREAT ASPIRATIONS. GREAT BRITAIN”.

There are four Core Principles that link the centre right (Tory Modernisers) with the centre left (Progressives and Social Democrats):
  1. Personal Aspiration and equality of opportunity for all
  2. Social Justice for those in need - hence the name “Just”
  3. Strong financial management of the UK’s finances – promoting growth and creating jobs by balancing spend with the need to control the national debt
Leaving the Single Market, by leaving the EU, is inconsistent with these principles.  So a fourth Core Principle has arisen:
  1. Support for membership of the Single Market, and with it the European Union ("Soft Brexit" or no Brexit)

JUST POLITICAL PARTY OBJECTIVES

The four Core Principles translate at the next level into a number of key objectives:

•    ASPIRATION
  • Life better tomorrow than today for you, your family, your country and your world
  • Supporting ambition and personal choice within a “compassionate capitalist” system
  • Equal opportunities, not socialist equality, to provide higher living standards for both richer and poorer
•    SOCIAL JUSTICE
  • Compassion and help for those who need it, both practical and financial
  • Housing for all, habitable and affordable, through a mix of private and public sector
  • NHS free at point of use
•    STRONG ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT OF UK FINANCES AND SPEND
  • Living within our means as a country
  • Promote investment in business. Create jobs.
  • Strong bank regulation
  • Invest in education
•    CREATE JOBS
  • Encouraging new private sector businesses, and investment in existing businesses
  • Creating and protecting jobs in public sector where real value being added to society
•    CONCERN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (our Green dimension)
  • Our planet is our home. It is our responsibility to look after it, not least for our children and grandchildren. This should not be sacrificed in the pursuit of profit
  • Ensuring energy security with safest, cheapest options
•    DEFENCE AND FREEDOM
•    TRADE UNIONS AND OTHER REPRESENTATIVE BODIES
  • Recognising the right of people to be represented at work, whether by a trade union, professional institute or other representative body
•    EUROPEAN UNION
  • Backing the UK as Remain in the EU as the best option to support the objectives above

POLICIES

There is the opportunity for initial members to develop the policies that support the objectives, starting with a clean sheet.


RE-ALIGNMENT OF THE EXISTING PARTIES

There has been talk in the media of the Labour and Tory parties each splitting.  This could create a re-alignment of the parties. as described here.  In summary the new party would be The Just Political Party, being the merger of the centre right and centre left into a party of sufficient size to govern.

HISTORY OF THE JUST POLITICAL PARTY

The Just Political Party was registered with reference PP2520 but the party has not yet fielded a candidate in an election.

The only expenditure has been the registration and renewal fees.

The Just Political Party is therefore equivalent to a newly registered party, with a registered Constitution suitable for a centrist party. It is nonetheless anticipated that the constitution will be reviewed and revised if necessary by the initial members.


MEMBERSHIP & DONATIONS

There are 3 membership categories:

(1) Full member: £24 per year (£2 per month)

(2) Concessionary rate: Full membership at £6 per year (50p per month) for:
  • Under 25s and mature students
  • Serving and former members of the UK’s armed forces
  • Unemployed or under-employed – you be the judge
(3) Introductory rate for sitting MPs and members of the House of Lords: £1 per annum

Membership applications are subject to the Terms and Conditions of being a member.

Additional donations are also welcomed, for example:
  • £5
  • £10
  • £25
  • £100
  • £500
  • £1000
  • Or any other amount of your choosing


The Just Political Party reserves the right to not accept a donation or application for membership, or to return any donation initially accepted. 

We welcome signficant donations, in the thousands of pounds, but please note that under the Political Party Elections and Referendum Act 2000 (“PPERA”):
  • If you are donating more than £500, you must be on the UK electoral role at the date of the donation
  • If you donate £7500 or more the donation has to be reported to the Electoral Commission, who will publish the fact

INVITATION TO SITTING MPs AND LORDS

It is anticipated that initial members will include MPs moving from the Labour and Tory parties to collaborate in the national interest:
  • From the Conservatives, where they are Bremainers who do not wish to be associated with a party with a Hard Brexit agenda
  • From Labour, where Bremainers want to make a break from a party that has shifted leftwards and become unelectable
An invitation is extended to any sitting MP, or Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC), who would sign up to the four Core Principles above, which in essence means you are both:
  • Centrist
  • Bremainer
A similar invitation is extended to members of the House of Lords, and people within other European and local organisations.


LEADERSHIP

It is anticipated that someone at ministerial or shadow ministerial level will
initially be the leader of The Just Political Party, chosen from initial MPs and PPCs joining the Party.  Potential people are listed here

It is anticipated that there will be a full leadership election within the next year, with candidates originally from both the Conservative and Labour parties.


THE PARTY MACHINE

It is recognised that a fully functioning party will need a strong Central Office function and the development of an enthusiastic Local Constituency presence.

The party will be recruiting experienced Central Office staff in the near future.  Formal recruitment will take place in due course, but If you are interested please send in your CV soonest using the contact methods at the foot of this posting.

It is anticipated that MPs who are interested in making the move to The Just Political Party will have a number of local supporters who will form the core of their new Constituency Party.

The new Constituency Parties will start afresh, and so there will be no need to split the assets of the existing parties, as has been discussed by the media.


LOCAL AND EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

The initial objective is to have representation in Westminster.  Candidates for local elections and MEPs will follow naturally in due course.


INTERESTED?

If you are an MP or PPC who believes The Just Political Party better represents you and the National Interest, then do get in touch as below. We can arrange to meet at Westminster or somewhere else nearby, as suits you.




This is an urgent matter, given that nominations for GE2017, signed by some of the good folk of the relevant constituency, need to be registered with the relevant local body by Thursday 11 May.


NOTE FOR MEDIA

Likewise, we would be delighted to talk to members of the TV, radio, print and internet media about The Just Political Party and its aims.


The founder can be contacted via Twitter @TheJustParty or his business Linkedin account http://bit.ly/29DJ8tT

Published and promoted by CR Challis on behalf of The Just Political Party at The Dairy House, Moneyrow Green, Holyport, MAIDENHEAD, SL6 2ND

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