Peter joined the Monster Raving Loony Party whilst we were still in Devon at The Golden Lion Hotel in Ashburton, around about 1985. A staunch member who would come along to any by-elections in support of our candidates. He stood in six parliamentary elections in his time, 5 of them in his home constituency of Wokingham, Berkshire. Gaining 531 votes in 1992 – 877 in 1997 – 880 in 2001 – 569 in 2005 – 329 in 2010. The 6th one was in the Henley-on-Thames by-election in 2008 when he polled 242. Additionally in 1994 he stood in the European Election and achieved an amazing 2,859 votes. A Loony Party record to this day, for the most votes in any election.
He became our deputy leader and held the position very well. He had not been too well for some time, so he and his wife Peggy moved up to Yorkshire to be near their two daughters. Condolences from all Loony Party members go out to them at this sad time.
So long Peter, we had some fun, fond memories from us all.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope – Party Leader.
We came, we saw, but we didn’t conker, conkers aren’t ready until September.
There were fifteen candidates and we beat five of them, coming in at tenth place. We were a little disappointed at not being a bit higher, but then many people told me that had ‘The Brexit Party’ not been standing, we would have had their vote, so a little bit of encouragement. All in all good banter, good friendly place, met up with all the usual suspects of the political world.
Other candidates were very friendly, none more so than Mike Greene of the Brexit Party, a new friend of mine. We had a lot in common, not millionaire wise though, I wish!
Once again my agent, the ‘Flying Brick’ did his usual grand job of securing all the names for the nomination papers, in the pouring rain, I might add. Well done Flying, he loves it really.
I spent eleven days in Peterborough on the run-up to the election, with ‘The College Arms’ Wetherspoons as my main meeting place and where I held the Loony Party surgery’s. A lot of fun and laughter was had by all. Met up with Katie Hopkins doing a documentary for Fox TV news, apparently they love us out in America. Also Rod Liddle, another old friend and good drinking partner.
A lot of media coverage from radio, TV and the newspapers. At the count we made our usual grand entrance, supervised by the Flying Brick. By now I had been joined by Mr RU Seerius, Lady Hell ‘n Bak, Chinners, Baron Badger, Miss Yvonne This, OB Joyful, Steve the Lawd son, Stevie Rules and party sympathiser Derrill Carr. Mike Greene made the comment ‘It was as if Elvis had just entered the building, absolutely wonderful, very impressive’. The SDP were very relieved to get 23 votes more than us, it was they that we beat in Bootle, when Dr David Owen was in charge, and they have only just started up again!
When the Ball was over, we were invited to attend the Brexit ‘victory party’. What a shock they came second, obviously turned out to be a runners up party. Nevertheless a good end to the evening, or early morning is a better way of putting it.
The latest news is, that if it’s proven to be a fraudulent result, there could be a re-run. Electoral Commission looking into voting misdemeanours.
Now that could be good fun all over again. Who’s ready to join us at the next by-election? There is no date as yet, but its probably Brecon in mid Wales.
Howling Laud Hope
Loony Party Leader
Sunday June 16th, Wetherspoon in Fleet, Hampshire are hosting a party to commemorate my birthday, which coincides with myself being the longest serving party leader in British Politics. Its going to be a national story. If any of you can be there, great. Will see some of you next week in Peterboro’. Pass the word around, there is a lot of interest.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope is standing as a member of ‘The Official Monster Raving Loony Party’. The only Party that is on your side no matter what your political persuasion may be.
If you’ve ever thought I’d like to vote for ‘None of the Above’, you can. – For I am ‘none of the above’. If you don’t usually vote, then vote unusually, vote for Howling Laud. Remember, the only wasted vote is one that’s not used. The biggest party in British Politics is ‘The Non Voting Party’, if all of those ‘members’ voted for us, we would win. What have you got to lose!
I intend to stand for ‘Things’. Things that need doing. Things that are good for the town. Things that can make Peterborough one great big happy community. I have had much experience of doing just that, more on a local level, having been a Town Councillor for many years, and still currently elected. Plus ‘Town Mayor’, all on a Loony Party ticket.
Nothing wrong with ‘Sensible Loonyism’ it makes more sense than Labour, Conservative and Liberal put together, as we have all witnessed, all so recently.
Show the other party’s that “you do care” about Politics, but not necessarily for them.
C’mon lets shake ‘em up, and do they need a good shaking. They cant cope, so vote for Hope!!!
Howling Laud Hope
Katie Davies – CCH – 1,607
Jonathan Seale – Cons – 632
Robert Theaker – Lab – 148
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope – Loony 118
Although our party leader was not elected, it was with great exultation that he was almost 100% up on the last time he stood in same election, and gained only 60 votes.
He was also jubilant that in some neighbouring wards he received more votes than 3 other Labour candidates and 1 other.
Something to build on, for the not to distant future. Hopefully! All is not lost party wise though, he still holds his seat on the Fleet Town Council, and has done for 9 years now!
More news to follow from other members who stood, as soon as known.
Other News, we shall be standing in the Peterborough by-election on Thursday 6th June. Papers all in and accepted, thanks must go to the Incredible ‘Flying Brick’ our party treasurer. For it was he, that traveled all the way from Derbyshire to Peterborough to procure the 10 signatures that I needed in the pouring rain. There’s professional Loonyism for you.
If any members live in and around Peterborough, I shall be there as from Monday 27th til Friday 7th , come and find us, we’ll be in town. College Arms, Drapers Arms, Sportsmans, are looking good places to find us. Look out for anyone wearing a ‘Loony Badge’ to catch up!!
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope
Prospected member of Parliament for Peterborough!
It is with some regret that ‘Lord Toby Jug’ a party member for some time, has passed away. Whilst he was with us, he was very helpful with media things on line and supported quite a few By-elections whilst I was candidate. Unfortunately there was a bit of a disagreement towards the end and he went off to form his own party ‘The Eccentric Party of Great Britain’, he only ever stood twice under this name Uxbridge and Witney.
Nevertheless, no hard feelings, sorry your gone Toby, we did have some fun!
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope
There will be a by-election in Peterborough after 19,261 people signed a recall petition to remove the city’s MP Fiona Onasanya.
The Loony Party also had trouble recalling who she was, as she was out of her constituency for a while.
I can Confirm that we will be standing at the Peterborough By election. We have already whittled the candidate list down to 19,264… more news to follow.
Best of luck to all our party members who are standing in their local Town and Parish elections. The good news, just to get you all in the right mood, we already have one result in. Baron Von Thunderclap, our party membership secretary, was returned unopposed to his local council on Wed 3rd April. Bolney Parish Council, West Sussex.
Congratulations to The Baron, and full steam ahead for the rest of us. Whoo Whoo, here we come, Chuff Chuff.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope Party Leader.