Reclaim Party
LeaderLaurence Fox
Deputy LeaderMartin Daubney
Founders
Founded2020
HeadquartersCarlyle House
235 Vauxhall Bridge Road

London
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IdeologyAnti-lockdown politics
Right-wing populism
Political positionRight-wing
Local government
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Website
reclaimparty.co.uk

The Reclaim Party is a right-wing[1] political party in the United Kingdom. It was launched in 2020 by British actor and activist Laurence Fox, with funding from Jeremy Hosking.

Founding

In September 2020, Fox attracted funding for a new political party, provisionally called Reclaim,[2][3] and dubbed "UKIP for culture".[4][2] It emerged in October 2020 that the party name had yet to be successfully registered with the Electoral Commission as there was a naming conflict with the "Reclaim Project" of Manchester, an established charity giving opportunities to working-class children.[5] The name Reclaim Party was approved in February 2021 as an identity mark for Brexit Express, a previously registered party.[6][7]

2021 London mayoral election

In March 2021, Fox announced he would stand in the London mayoral elections, in order to "fight against extreme political correctness" and to "end the Met's obsession with diversity and inclusivity".[8][9] His candidacy was endorsed by Reform UK, who stood aside for him in the election, and Nigel Farage.[10] The major source of Fox's campaign funds was Brexit backer Jeremy Hosking,[11] who, in the first quarter of 2021, gave the Reclaim Party more than £1,000,000 in cash and services.[12]

In the mayoral election, Fox finished in sixth place with 47,634 votes (1.9 per cent), losing his £10,000 election deposit.[13][14]

2021 Scottish Parliament election

The party stood one candidate, Leo Kearse, in the Scottish Parliament election, held in May 2021. In Glasgow Pollok, Kearse received 114 votes (0.3 per cent).[15]

North Shropshire by-election

Martin Daubney, the deputy leader of Reclaim, was the party's candidate in the 2021 North Shropshire by-election.[16] Daubney is a former Brexit Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2019 to 2020, and a former journalist and editor. He finished seventh with 375 votes (0.98 per cent), losing his deposit.[17]

During the by-election campaign, a Market Drayton town councillor defected to Reclaim; this was the party's first representative in UK local government.[18][19][20]

In December 2021, newspapers reported Hosking would continue to fund the Reclaim Party.[21]

References

  1. ^
    • Edmonds, Lizzie (11 January 2022). "Laurence Fox is engaged, but who's his fiancée Arabella May Fleetwood Neagle?". Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
    • Sommerlad, Joe (6 December 2021). "Who are the Reclaim Party and what do they stand for?". The Independent. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
    • Tyrone, Nick (28 September 2020). "Laurence Fox's party is doomed to fail". The Spectator. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b Hope, Christopher (27 September 2020). "Laurence Fox launches a new political party to fight the culture wars". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  3. ^ Heren, Kit (27 September 2020). "Laurence Fox to set up new political party dubbed 'Ukip for culture'". Evening Standard. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  4. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (27 September 2020). "Laurence Fox to launch new political party described as 'Ukip for culture'". The Independent. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  5. ^ Littlejohn, Georgina (11 October 2020). "Laurence Fox faces legal action from youth charity Reclaim over party name". inews.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  6. ^ "2021 Party registration decisions" (PDF). The Electoral Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2021. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Laurence Fox films police officers at front door after being accused of breaking COVID rules". Yahoo!. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  8. ^ Bayley, James (20 April 2021). "Laurence Fox pledges to 'end the Met's obsession with diversity'". MyLondon. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  9. ^ Hope, Christopher (6 March 2021). "Laurence Fox exclusive: I'm standing for London Mayor to offer a voice to those being dominated into silence". The Daily Telegraph.
  10. ^ Murphy, Joe (22 April 2021). "Nigel Farage backs Laurence Fox in London mayoral race". Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  11. ^ Smith, Robbie (19 April 2021). "Londoner's Diary: Laurence Fox's Reclaim party has banking problems". Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  12. ^ Walker, Peter (3 June 2021). "Laurence Fox's political party received almost same donations as Lib Dems". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  13. ^ Sinclair, Leah (9 May 2021). "Laurence Fox loses £10,000 deposit in London mayor bid". Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  14. ^ "Results 2021". London Elects. 9 May 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Constituencies A-Z: Glasgow Pollok". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  16. ^ "North Shropshire by-election 2021: The candidates standing". BBC News. 19 November 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  17. ^ "North Shropshire parliamentary by-election | The result". www.shropshire.gov.uk. Shropshire Council. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  18. ^ "Tory Shropshire councillor defects to Reclaim". The Spectator. 6 December 2021. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  19. ^ "Two Tory councillors defect amid North Shropshire by-election campaign". BBC News. 6 December 2021. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  20. ^ Davis, Gregory (7 December 2021). "Reclaim's first councillor is nothing to celebrate". Hope not Hate. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  21. ^ Penna, Dominic; Hope, Christopher (13 December 2021). "Former Conservative donor to pump further £5m into Laurence Fox's Reclaim Party". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 December 2021.