In the meantime there are some new and long established regional parties. The Guardian reported on the formation of The Northern Party by a disgruntled Tory MP earlier this month:
Former MP for Blackpool North, Harold Elletson, and former Fylde Tory councillor Elizabeth Clarkson will stand as parliamentary candidates, as well as former prominent Green Party members Shaun Hargreaves and James Walsh, who play a major role in the Frack Free Lancashire Campaign.
With the recent talk of governmental powers being devolved to Manchester, and the rising distrust of centralised government after the Scottish independence referendum, it comes as no surprise that regional political parties have emerged ahead of the general election.
The Northern Party leader Michael Dawson, a former executive committee member of the Labour Campaign for Human Rights, said the party is a “northern rebellion against a system that has failed the north.”
However their website does not currently list any seats that they are actually contesting. Perhaps next time then.
However the Yorkshire First party has no less than 14 candidates ready for the general election. They outline their objectives thus:
Power is increasingly remote from people and suffers too much influence from vested interests.
The vested interests – predominantly big business – are organised internationally, and so must the means to control them.
We recognise that to combat big business and other cross border issues some form of cooperation is both necessary and desirable. The question is who decides, who influences the decisions? So for us in/out of the EU is the wrong question. Wherever Yorkshire’s voice needs to be heard, we should be there.
However, it is also critical to secure the devolving of powers to the least centralised authority capable of addressing those matters effectively, within Yorkshire, within the UK and within the European Union.
Not wanting to be left out there is also the Lincolnshire Independents; They of course have a vision for Lincolnshire and are running 5 candidates in the general election. They proudly state:
Not all is well for them as one of their leading members, a certain Lyn Laxton split after a row and formed her own party as the Lincolnshire Echo reports if you wish to read more....
Finally for now is the The North East Party who are standing 4 candidates this year and already have some local councillors. The NEP unsurprisingly stands for:
The North East Transformed
We want a fair share of prosperity and better opportunities for all North East people.
In future we want to live in an enterprising region which plays a positive part in the UK, Europe and the World.
One Strong Voice For The Region
With your support at a referendum, 12 powerless unitary authorities and ineffective ministers
replaced by one elected and accountable North East Government.
Who would have guessed?