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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!
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.
There will be a round of local elections in various places around Great Britain on Thursday 2nd May. If you are considering standing on behalf of the ‘Raving Loony Party’ remember you can’t just do it, you have to get permission from the party with relevant papers. Nomination papers must be returned on or before 4th April. I shall not be here to endorse you as I shall be in Malta all through March. Nick Delves, The Flying Brick is to be my acting Nomination Officer in my absence. His no is 07973 324985, he will talk you through and help with anything that your not sure of.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope
Nominating Officer and Party Leader.
It all started for me on Thurs 7th when I booked into the Venture Hotel in Deptford, although just outside of the constituency, a lot of people I met lived within the voting area, apart from that it was also a public house ‘The Royal Standard’ which was very popular. Canvassing back and forth on the bus, it was surprising who you would want to talk to you, once you put a Loony Badge on Well looked after by Ade and Jazz, nice place, nice people, nice company.
Next four days was spent with my Cousin Martin Horton, and his wife Jackie in Brockley. Once again not quite within the constituency, but near enough to be able to use as a local address for the forthcoming election. Thank you Martin.
On the Tues 12th I attended a Hustings meeting at the local Salvation Army Hall, quite an experience, I got through my speech with flying colours, but as soon as Ukip candidate got up the racist accusations started, the police stopped the meeting just before the end, afraid of repercussions they said. What would have been more in line would have been to move the protesters on, and let a peaceful ‘Hustings Meeting’ continue.
So eight days in all, trying to be our very first member of Parliament, all to no avail, I’m sorry, but at least we did try.
On the count night we all met up in the Catford Constitutional Club. The Flying Brick, Baron Badger, Lady Helen Back, Chinners, Mr R U Seerius and Sir Knigel Knapp. The same place where Chinners and Knigel got all the nomination names from. We were joined by Sean Finch and his Libertarian Party, although we did invite every party along to join us. Sir Knigel gave a solo performance and preview of songs on his latest yet to be released album. A good fun evening all in all, and so on to the count.
We didn’t bother getting there in any rush, as we were informed that it would be 3pm before the result would be announced. We got there 12.45 to join in, and it was virtually all over apart from the official result. We made our usual noisy but very complex entry, much to the applause and smiles of all who were watching.
We came 9th out of 14 candidates with 93 votes, low turnout 33.35%. You only needed 1,099 votes to retain your deposit. Only 3 party’s did that.
When you consider that one of our voting catch phrases is ‘The only wasted vote is the one that’s not used’, just consider what the outcome could have been if the 44,084 people who didn’t bother to vote, actually voted for us ! ! ! !
It will happen one day, when people realise that we are the only party that’s on every body’s side no matter what your political persuasion may be !
Here’s to the next one, whenever. If not before, I shall see you all at the Conference in Belper Derbyshire, Sept 27-28-29th. See – loonyparty.com – for more details.
The Howling ‘Laud’
We are pleased to announce that our deposit has been paid and nomination papers officially accepted, yes we are up and running. Our candidate is our Illustrious Leader, Howling ‘Laud’ Hope. After a bit of a false start with our nominated agent Trevor Allman, he had a bit of trouble collecting the 10 names for the nomination paper.
Well done Trevor for trying, but maybe you shouldn’t have tried to do it, on a rainy day. Nevertheless on Weds 16th May we sent in reinforcements in the shape of ‘Chinners’ the Chin-up Boy, minister for Spinning and Bouncing, and ‘Knigel Knapp’, The Knight of the Unknown. Within an hour and a half, the mission was completed, thanks from us all for this sterling effort. All the electors names being obtained from ‘The Catford Con Club’ if that’s not sterling I don’t know what is. Well done, pat on the back (more like a pint of beer) to our two staunch stalwart party members. This is Looniness working together!
On Friday 18th, Chinners and myself spent time in the Boro of Lewisham depositing said monies and papers. The Election Officer, Jamie Baker seemed very pleased that we were standing, (it’s not a real election without you) was the attitude. Very amiable and helpful person, thank you Jamie.
Cant wait to get this show on the road now, not too sure where the count will be yet, but will be informed.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope.
Our Illustrious and stalwart party leader Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope is the obvious choice to be Lewisham East’s next MP. Howling is a familiar face on the political scene having previously fought 21 Parliamentary seats against Teresa May, David Cameron, Boris Johnson and many others. He is feeling jubilant as he has just been returned to serve on his local ‘Fleet Town Council’ Hampshire for another four years. This is his third win for this seat.
He has previously been the Town Mayor, Chairman of the Council, Lord of the Borough for Ashburton, Devon 1998 – 2000, and Ashburton Town Councillor for 13 years. So he has a lot to offer the people of Lewisham East. All these elections have been achieved on a ‘Loony Party’ ticket. If you don’t usually vote, then vote unusually, vote Loony. Remember the only wasted vote is one that’s not used.
>>Check out this article in ‘Medium.com’ – An online magazine<<
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope – Mob 07946292557
Heidi Alexander, a Labour MP, stood down yesterday to become the London deputy Mayor for Transport. She is vacating her Lewisham East seat.
The ‘Official Monster Raving Loony Party’ will be contesting this seat, in the shape of their well seasoned parliamentary candidate, party leader, Howling ‘Laud’ Hope. His running mate, agent, will be Trevor Allman, more commonly known as Lord Halfperson. He very recently stood in the recent local council elections in Blackheath Greenwich, polling 106 votes. Howling ‘Laud’ Hope however was returned to his local Town Council in Fleet, Hampshire, with an overwhelming amount of unopposed votes, for the third time running.
Nobody knows when this will happen yet, but keep an eye on www.loonyparty.com for regular updates. We are all looking forward to it with great anticipation, and Looniversal Sensibilism! Remember – The only wasted vote is one that’s not used!
The Howling ‘Laud’.
Farmin’ Lord Dave – Denton South – 206
Trevor Allman – Blackheath Greenwich -106
Chinners – Chessington North – 82
Howling Laud – Hart District – 60
Baron Badger – Walton North – 38
Monkey – Molesey East – 22
Although he didn’t make Hart District Council, ‘Howling Laud’ did retain his seat for another 4 years, with an overwhelming unopposed vote on Fleet Town Council.
Well done to all of you who actually stood, and a very big thank you to all those that voted for us. There was not one seat that had more than a 40% turn out, so 50% wasted votes. Imagine if they had all voted for us? The only wasted vote is one that’s not used. Looking
at it that way, if voting was made compulsory, I’d like to think that we’d
probably win – And that’s probably why it’s not!!!
A drink on me for all contestants at the conference and a bottle of wine for the outright winner, Farmin’ Lord Dave!
The Howling ‘Laud’
So Theresa May sprung a General Election on us and there we all were thinking that it wouldn’t be until 2020, so much for fixed parliaments! Well it meant that I wasn’t able to stand cus I hadn’t got any money saved for my deposit, I thought I had 3 more years! Ah well . . .
But then Nick the Brick called suggesting I stand, but not in Hackney North, were I live, but in Islington North, against Jeremy Corbyn. “Think of the glory,” he said, “you must do it for your country!”
So I started campaigning on Facebook, managed to get my nomination forms signed – one afternoon in a pub I know – and came up with a few ideas for my personal manifesto. And that’s all I did. Except for a very brief, pre-recorded, interview which went out on Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 show.
I didn’t spend any time pounding the streets in loony gear handing out flyers and I didn’t talk to as many people as I could in as many pubs as I could visit, I didn’t do any of things I’ve done when I’ve stood in previous elections.
I did find time to organise a Victory Party though. And by June 8th I’d even printed a few copies of my Manifesto. The response on Facebook was fantastic and my band The Big Faux Fibbers packed out The Liquor Works on Holloway Rd and we all had a great time. We even had the ‘Comedy Terrorist’ Aaron Barschak turn up in support.
We were expecting security to be tight at The Sobell Sports Center but it didn’t take long to get in. And then the long wait. We wandered around, chatted to everyone there.
Nick the Brick had decided I needed some training and when we heard that J.C. was on his way he insisted that I stood by the entrance to greet him – which I did. As Jeremy walked into the hall he was surrounded by mass of photographers, a real media scrum!
Half an hour later the results were announced and there I was on stage right behind Jeremy Corbyn as he was giving his winners speech.
I polled 106 votes and came 7th out of 10 which was thoroughly pleasing. And the response since then has been great. Loads of photos and TV of me behind Jeremy –
beamed all over the world via Facebook – see https://www.facebook.com/nigel.knapp.52, and I even have a photo with speech bubble in Private Eye!
Yes it was all very good – would I do it again? Well maybe – but certainly not in the next 6 months. Which is maybe looking likely ARGH!
Knigel Knapp – Knight of the unKnown. MRLP Minister for Blatant Lies and Big Fibs