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Minor Parties In The 1997 UK General Election

Collated by Steve Houghton from data in The Guardian newspaper, 3 May 1997.

You may have heard that there was a general election in the United Kingdom last week.

You may not have heard the full story. In addition to the 10 parties which won seats, a further one hundred and fifty-eight parties presented candidates. Some are from the left or the right, some are based on special local issues, some are an anarchic strike against the system, some are different…

I have listed below the parties which seem most interesting to me, with results for some constituencies. My apologies for any omissions or counting errors.

  • 21st Century Independent Foresters – (Forest of Dean, 80 votes)
  • All Night Party – (Hayes & Harlington, 135 votes)
  • Berties Party – (Warwickshire North, 178 votes)
  • Black Haired Medium Build Caucasian Male – (St Ives, 71 votes)
  • Common Sense Sick of Politicians Party – (Blackburn, 362 votes)
  • Glow Bowling Party – (total of 711 votes in 5 constituencies)
  • Happiness Stan’s Freedom to Party Party – (Putney, 101 votes)
  • Hemp Coalition – (Cities of London & Westminster, 112 votes)
  • Juice Party – (Tatton, 73 votes)
  • Legalise Cannabis Party – (Norwich South, 765 votes)
  • Logic Party Truth Only Allowed – (Hertford, 126 votes)
  • Miss Moneypenny’s Glamorous One Party – (Tatton, 128 votes)
  • Monster Raving Loony Party – (total of 7906 votes in 25 constituencies)
  • None of the Above Parties – (Hackney North, 368 votes)
  • People in Slough Shunning Useless Politicians – (Slough, 227 votes)
  • Rainbow Dream Ticket Party – (total of 3223 votes in 25 constituencies)
  • Renaissance Democrat – (Putney, 7 votes)
  • Rizz Party – (several constituencies including Hampstead, 101 votes)
  • Ronnie the Rhino Party – (Leeds North West, 232 votes)
  • Route 66 Party Posse Party – (Swindon South, 181 votes)
  • The Mongolian Barbeque Great Place to Party – (Wimbledon, 112 votes)
  • Sub-genius Party – (Brighton Pavillion, 125 votes)
  • Teddy Bear Alliance Party – (Kensington, 218 votes for candidate Edward Bear)

(For those unacquainted with the British electoral system, the country is divided into 659 parliamentary constituencies, each with about 50,000 to 80,000 people eligible to vote. This time 71% of electors actually voted, and the winning candidates usually received 15000 to 30000 votes. The votes listed above may seem insignificant, but in one constituency, Winchester, the Liberal candidate won the seat from the Conservatives by 2 votes.)

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