The ‘Social Democrat Party’ was formed in 1981, a year before ‘The Loony Party’ in 1982. SDP consisted of breakaway Labour members
Dr David Owen, Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams and Bill Rogers. Some Conservatives joined in as time went by. They were going great guns until May1990. A by election was called in Bootle Liverpool, SDP expecting to do well, well, they didn’t do at all. Michael Carr- Labour won, but Monster Raving Loony 418, SDP 155 brought gasps of amazement from the whole political world. Dr David Owen was on TV next day saying that “the MRLP played no small part in his mind to wind the SDP party up”.
The story doesn’t end there, Michael Carr unfortunately passed away, so another Bootle by-election in Nov 1990. This time Labour held the seat, SDP didn’t stand, but our Monster Raving Loony Party got 310 – Lib Dems 291, once again smiles and smirks all around.
SDP didn’t really raise their heads again until 2019 in Peterborough, bets were flying would the loony beat them again. No not this time, SDP 135 – Loony112, not much in it. William Clouston the now leader of SDP was so pleased, it can’t happen again he said.
Well It has happened again in the recent By-election in Hartlepool May 2021 Monster Raving Loony Party108 – SDP 104.
Two more By-elections Looming shortly, Amersham and Chesham, Bucks. Batley and Spen Yorks. Myself, The Howling ‘Laud’, and William Clouston as party leaders, will have the same bet. Its all good fun !
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Howling ‘Laud’ Hope – Loony Party Leader.
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