Well there you go then, 20 nnnnnn19 is over. I trust you all had a great Christmas.
I started the year in my usual fashion, disappearing to Lanzarote in January. Was very pleased to be able to Christen our new Lanzo Loony Party HQ, ‘Tiggers Bar’, in Playa Honda, right next door to ‘The Monster Radio’ building, on the main bus route, couldn’t be better. If your ever over there, make a point of calling in.
March, once more out in Malta with our Mediterranean Loonies. April, I was visited by one of our Canadian members, Virgina Hill. She tells me all is fine over there, Loony wise that is. We have another branch just starting in Canada, so will put them in touch.
In May I stood for a seat on my local district council of Hart, Hampshire gaining 112 votes, more than 100% up on last time. Once again to no avail, but I’ll guarantee ‘one day’ it will happen. Still on Fleet Town Council though.
End of May into June, became an exciting time, gearing up for the Peterborough By-election on June 6th. From 15 candidates, we came 10th. A jolly good show was put on, by our party members who attended the count.
July, I was sadly down in Ashburton, our spiritual home, for the funeral of one of our staunchest disbelievers, Alan Phillips. A great friend of mine, but a Conservative through and through. Although he enjoyed our conferences down there.
End of July, I was over in Wales for the Brecon and Radnorshire By-election, on August 1st, supporting our stalwart candidate Lily the Pink. A great show was put on once more by all those that were there. Again, not coming last, we actually beat UKIP, much to their annoyance!!
September, I was up in Liverpool for 10 days, trying to do some research on my autobiography that is ensuing. Leaving straight from there and driving to Belper for our yearly conference. The ‘Belter in Belper’ was even more ‘Belterer’ than the last ‘Belter in Belper’!!!
October 31st, supposed to be a big day, we will definitely leave the EU, supposed to have done that in March too, if I remember. Never mind a General Election was called instead, for December 12th, which played right into our hands, we love ’em. 24 candidates stood for our Loony Party, you can read about individual experiences on our web site. My personal memories of this one are, that we were filmed by Tokyo Broadcasting for Japanese TV. Also RT for Russia. I personally did a radio broadcast across to New Zealand and an hour long pod cast for ‘The Times’ on line and newspaper. Plus it was a great honour to be invited to be guest speaker at Oxford College, Balliol, for the Wilberforce Society. So publicity for the party was phenomenal.
I Decided to stand in my own local constituency of North East Hampshire, along with/against the newly elected Conservative party vice chairman Ranil Jayawardena. I didn’t want to be dashing off all over the country in December. It paid off in its own way, no I didn’t win, but I got 576 votes, my highest ever, beating the 553 that I got in both Aldershot and Leicester South.
Once more I’d like to congratulate our three high flyers, The Iconic Arty Pole 1,044, Earl Elvis of Outwell 836, Barmy Lord Brockman 638, jolly good show, thanks to all 24 of our candidates. Especially, last but not least, The Raving Mr P in Peterborough with 113 votes. You’re all pencilled in for the next time around.
If all the messages of congratulations that I’ve had through the media are anything to go by, next General Election we should have 120 candidates
This just about sums me up for another year. I’d like to thank our members, supporters and party sympathisers. Also our team of Loonies behind the scenes that make it all tick.
Conference next year, under scrutiny, likely to be in Louth in Lincolnshire. Will report further when I return from Malta this coming January.
Just leaves me to wish you all the Happiest of New Years, and we’ll meet again my friends. Don’t know where, but I do know when, in 2020 of course!!!
See – loonyparty.com for more info on mentioned articles.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope
Loony Party Leader.