The Prime Minister’s decision to shelve the vote on her Brexit deal in December led to a vote on January 2019 where the PM suffered the heaviest defeat in modern parliamentary history, losing 432 votes to 202. After some tinkering with the deal the Government lost another vote (by 149 votes) in March. While anti-Brexit campaigners walked out of the commons the deadline for leaving the EU was pushed back to October (with or without a deal).
The UK was totally divided.
Teresa May resigned in June, after failing three times to get her withdrawal agreement through Parliament.
Boris Johnson entered Downing Street after winning the Conservative party leadership election with 66% of the vote. Always a controversial figure due to his bumbling demeanour and chequered history, Boris was heard to say that many of his party members would ‘wonder quite what they have done’ in selecting him.
After filling his Cabinet with pro-brexit colleagues and appointing Dominic Cummings as his most senior adviser, Johnson attempted to suspend parliament in August, preventing parliamentary debate for the five weeks up to the 31 October deadline. Commentators described it as a “utterly scandalous affront to our democracy”. MP’s re-asserted their control in September with a Bill blocking a no-deal Brexit. The PM reacted by calling a General Election.
Anyway you get the picture.
It was against this backdrop that the PPP Party was born. A new political force driven by two key ideas:
You can promise voters anything you like, if you don’t intend to deliver.
There are lots of great policies offered to citizens of other countries. If these policies are not going to be implemented either, why not offer them to the great British public?
A single hustings was held, in Chalk Farm, London, on the 11th December 2019, on the eve of the election.
This book contains the manifesto used on that date together with a number of posters prepared for the event. Fifi Russell, a local resident represented the PPP Party. Peter Handley, of Essex, represented all the other parties (he wore different coloured hats to avoid any confusion).
The PPP Party was the clear winner.