Monster Raving Loony Party leader Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope said he is ‘chuffed’ to have a new road named after him. Hope Walk close to fleet Railway Station, boasts four new detached homes. “The site was called 15 Fleet Road and Hart District Council wanted to call it village way” said Fleet resident Mr Hope who has served on Fleet Town Council as a Loony party member for four years. “But Fleet Town Council didn’t like that and I suggested Hope Springs, which was accepted. We sent the suggestion back to Hart and they said okay, but can we call it Hope Walk? I am very proud and chuffed that it’s gone through.”
Hope walk is close to a new 70-bedroom Premier Inn, which is set to be completed by the end of August. “Premier Inn will be opening shortly opposite the former Links hotel were we have previously held Loony Party conferences” said Mr Hope, 59, who became party leader in 1999 following the death of Screaming Lord Sutch. “It seems quite fitting that Hope Walk is next door.”
Last month Mr Hope, who was born in Mytchett, went to school in Farnborough and was landlord of the Dog and Partridge pub in Yately, failed to get elected to Hampshire County council. He was also unsuccessful in his bid to take the South Shields parliamentary seat in a by-election which was held to replace former Labour Foreign Secretary David Milliband who had resigned his seat.
This year The Official Monster Raving Loony Party Conference is including a steampunk illuminata in the heart of the Matlock Bath illuminations.
On the Saturday Evening there will be a gala spectacular featuring:
BB BlackDog (Steampunk Legends)
Dr Hasbeen (Spacerock Legends)
Deviant Amps (Devient Legends)
Gripper and the Gurnards
and more to be arranged
Entry on Friday Sunday and until 6 on Saturday will be free, with a small donation of £5 towards Production costs for non Party Members to attend the Saturday Evening Gala event. Advance Tickets will be available soon, and a list of party members will be kept on the door, as will party sign up forms, as joining on the day will also include free entry
At approximately 2pm on Saturday the 28th Sept, there will be the traditional Cabinet reshuffle, followed by a leisurely promenade down the historic river front to the far end of town, followed by a steady pub crawl back to the Pavillion for Howling Laud’s annual speech at around 6pm, beginning the evenings gala performances.
I am pleased to announce, after overseas negotiations in January 2013, that we now have a Portugese branch. Partido Moficicial Dos Monstros Treslocados is up and running. The Portugese people are a happy bunch and like to poke fun at politics. They are having a tough time, just like the rest of Europe, so it seems that this is the right approach. Well done you are welcome!
It was a busy February; I landed back from Portugal and straight into the Eastleigh By-election. Earlier in the month I paid my annual visit to The Bath Ball. I can report that we have a candidate in Bath and two in Bristol at the next General Election. Another piece of interesting news, I’ve been told, while visiting ‘Lakeside’, the local entertainment centre, that UKIP are holding their annual conference there. This is right on my doorstep; I hope it doesn’t clash with our conference in Derbyshire.
We held our conference at the ‘Links’ Hotel, in Fleet, for a couple of years running 2010-2011. They closed down for a major refurb in March, and I am honoured to be guest of honour for the grand opening. When are you coming back cried the locals, we love the fun!
The South Shields By-election was a quick surprise, but once again we were there. Unfortunately for some of us it coincided with the County Council Elections, we weren’t to know that at the time, but all went quite smoothly.
I have noticed that political historians and pundits have always said the ‘Monster Raving Loony Party’ was founded in 1983. This is incorrect; the Loony Party was started on 16th June 1982. 1983 is the year that the party first stood under this name. Screaming Lord Sutch stood in Finchley against Margaret Thatcher and polled 235 votes on the 9th June1983. Thirty years fighting elections under this name is something we can all be proud of.
This year our Party Conference is at ‘The Grand Victorian Pavillion’ Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. Thanks to Dale Rowles and friends we have an array of the looniest talent ever assembled under one roof. The event will begin on Thursday 26th Sept, for the early birds, and will run through the weekend finishing on the 29th. Keep an eye on this page for further info concerning accomodation and other places of loonyism. I shall be there for the week preceding, sorting out the press. So if you want to make a bit of a longer break, come and join me, you would be more than welcome. I’ll see you there!
LOONY politician Lord Toby Jug is taking to the air with a radio show on the Official Monster Raving Loony Party’s station www.radiosutchnet. The St Ives-based musician will be presenting a show at 10pm on Wednesday evenings. Lord Toby, a long-standing member of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, said: “It will be really good. There will be a mix of rock and roll, rock, horror and comedy. “They have got some good shows on there, including Chas Hodges from Chas and Dave.” He said the station was a tribute to party founder Screaming Lord Sutch who was involved in early pirate radio. Lord Toby said the party now had a local website www.officialmonsterravingloonyeast.org and requests for his show could be made to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Don’t forget to tune in on Wednesday 29th May at 10.00pm and every Wednesday to hear my new radio show ‘The Official Monster Raving Loony Rock ‘n’ Horror Show’ on the Loonatastic station Radio Sutch. Each show will be full of rock music, insanity and Loony mayhem and a tribute to my late friend and the Party’s founder and leader Screaming Lord Sutch. To have a request played on the show just go my new Loony Website and contact me via there.
Lord Toby Jug, Leader, The Official Monster Raving Loony Party, Eastern Branch
The options on the Referendum ballot on our membership of the EU to
c) Shake it all about
Big thanks to Jim for this one….
Now that all the recent By-election and County Council elections are over, and grunting and groaning between the so-called major parties – You will be pleased to know that we still have three Councillors:
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope in the Fleet Town Council.
Mad Mike Young on the Isle of Sheppey Council.
Nick the’Flying Brick’ in the Kirk Ireton Parish Council!
Its official, the Fleet Town Council, which has Our Leader as a member, is to name a road after him. ‘Hope Walk’ is well under construction and should be completed within the next four months. Champagne party on the opening day? Why not!?!
He has been suggesting for some time that Fleet needs a top budget price hotel and one is now under construction. ‘Premier Inn’ will be opening shortly opposite the ‘Links’ where we have previously held party conferences. It seems quite fitting that ‘Hope Walk’ is next door.