Labour Party (UK)
The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom. Labour served in the coalition from 1940 to 1945. Labour was in government from 1964 to 1970 under Harold Wilson and from 1974 to 1979, first under Wilson and James Callaghan. The Labour Party was last in government from 1997 to 2010 under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, beginning with a majority of 179. Having won 232 seats in the 2015 general election, the party is the Official Opposition in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, the party organises in Northern Ireland, but does not contest elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Labour Party is a member of the Party of European Socialists and Progressive Alliance. In September 2015, Jeremy Corbyn was elected Leader of the Labour Party, the first Lib–Lab candidate to stand was George Odger in the Southwark by-election of 1870. In addition, several small socialist groups had formed around this time, among these were the Independent Labour Party, the intellectual and largely middle-class Fabian Society, the Marxist Social Democratic Federation and the Scottish Labour Party.
In the 1895 general election, the Independent Labour Party put up 28 candidates, Keir Hardie, the leader of the party, believed that to obtain success in parliamentary elections, it would be necessary to join with other left-wing groups. Hardies roots as a lay preacher contributed to an ethos in the party led to the comment by 1950s General Secretary Morgan Phillips that Socialism in Britain owed more to Methodism than Marx. The motion was passed at all stages by the TUC, the meeting was attended by a broad spectrum of working-class and left-wing organisations—trades unions represented about one third of the membership of the TUC delegates. This created an association called the Labour Representation Committee, meant to coordinate attempts to support MPs sponsored by trade unions and it had no single leader, and in the absence of one, the Independent Labour Party nominee Ramsay MacDonald was elected as Secretary. He had the task of keeping the various strands of opinions in the LRC united.
The October 1900 Khaki election came too soon for the new party to campaign effectively, only 15 candidatures were sponsored, but two were successful, Keir Hardie in Merthyr Tydfil and Richard Bell in Derby. Support for the LRC was boosted by the 1901 Taff Vale Case, the judgement effectively made strikes illegal since employers could recoup the cost of lost business from the unions. In their first meeting after the election the groups Members of Parliament decided to adopt the name The Labour Party formally, the Fabian Society provided much of the intellectual stimulus for the party. One of the first acts of the new Liberal Government was to reverse the Taff Vale judgement, the Peoples History Museum in Manchester holds the minutes of the first Labour Party meeting in 1906 and has them on display in the Main Galleries. Also within the museum is the Labour History Archive and Study Centre, the governing Liberals were unwilling to repeal this judicial decision with primary legislation
Green Party of England and Wales
The Green Party of England and Wales is a green, left-wing political party in England and Wales. Headquartered in London, since 2 September 2016 its Co-Leaders are Caroline Lucas, the Green Party has one Member of Parliament in the House of Commons, one representative in the House of Lords, and three Members of the European Parliament. It has various councillors in UK local government and two members of the London Assembly and it takes a progressive approach to social policies such as civil liberties, animal rights, LGBT rights and drug policy reform. The party believes strongly in nonviolence, basic income, a living wage, the party comprises various regional divisions, including the semi-autonomous Wales Green Party. Internationally, the party is affiliated to the Global Greens and the European Green Party, experiencing centralising reforms spearheaded by the Green 2000 group in the early 1990s, the party sought to emphasise growth in local governance, doing so throughout the 1990s. In 2010, the party gained its first MP in Caroline Lucas, the Green Party of England and Wales has its origins in the PEOPLE Party, which was founded in Coventry in 1973.
PEOPLE was renamed The Ecology Party in 1975, and in 1985 changed again to the Green Party, the Green Party of England and Wales is registered with the Electoral Commission as simply the Green Party. In the 1989 European Parliament elections, the Green Party of England and Wales polled 15% of the vote with 2.3 million votes, the best ever performance of a Green party in a nationwide election. This success has been attributed to both the increased respectability of environmentalism and the effects of the development boom in southern England in the late 1980s. Many party members opposed the reforms, believing that they would undermine the internal party democracy, although Green 2000 proposals were defeated at the partys 1990 conference, they were overwhelmingly carried at their 1991 conference, resulting in an internal restructuring of the party. The party fielded more candidates than it had ever done before in the 1992 general election but was deemed to have performed poorly. In 1993, the party adopted its Basis for Renewal program in an attempt to bring together conflicting factions and thus save the party from bankruptcy, the party sought to escape their reputation as an environmentalist single-issue party by placing greater emphasis on social policies.
In 1993, future party leader and MP Caroline Lucas gained a seat on Oxfordshire County Council, the Greens sought to build alliances with other parties in the hope of gaining representation at the parliamentary level. In Wales, the Greens endorsed Plaid Cymru candidate Cynog Dafis in the 1992 general election, in April 1995 the Green National Executive ruled that the party should withdraw from this alliance due to ideological differences. As the Labour Party shifted to the centre under the leadership of Tony Blair and his New Labour project. At the 2001 general election they polled 0. 63% of the vote, at the 2004 European Parliamentary elections the party returned 2 MEPS the same as in 1999, the Party polled 1,033,093 votes. In the 2005 general election the party gained over 1% of the vote for the first time and this growth has been attributed to the increasing public visibility of the party as well as a general growth in support for smaller parties in the UK. In September 2008, the party elected its first leader, Caroline Lucas
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is a London borough to the east of the City of London and north of the River Thames. It is in the part of London and covers much of the traditional East End. It includes much of the redeveloped Docklands region of London, including West India Docks, many of the tallest buildings in London occupy the centre of the Isle of Dogs in the south of the borough. A part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is in Tower Hamlets, the borough has a population of 272,890, which includes one of the highest ethnic minority populations in the country and has an established British Bangladeshi business and residential community. Brick Lanes restaurants, neighbouring street market and shops provide the largest range of Bengali cuisine, carpets, the local authority is Tower Hamlets London Borough Council. The council, as of 2017 comprises 23 Labour Councillors,5 Conservative councillors,18 independent councillors of various affiliation, Tower Hamlets is located to east of the City of London and north of the River Thames in East London.
The London Borough of Hackney lies to the north of the borough while the River Lea forms the boundary with the London Borough of Newham in the east. On the other side of the Thames is The London Borough of Southwark to the southwest, The London Borough of Lewisham to the South, the River Lea forms the boundary between those parts of London historically in Middlesex, with those formerly in Essex. The Regents Canal enters the borough from Hackney to meet the River Thames at Limehouse Basin, a stretch of the Hertford Union Canal leads from the Regents canal, at a basin in the north of Mile End to join the River Lea at Old Ford. A further canal, Limehouse Cut, Londons oldest, leads from locks at Bromley-by-Bow to Limehouse Basin, most of the canal tow-paths are open to both pedestrians and cyclists. Victoria Park was formed by Act of Parliament, and administered by the LCC, since the latter authoritys abolition, the park has been administered by Tower Hamlets. Part of the borough is within the boundary of the Thames Gateway development area, the Hamlets of the Tower paid taxes for the militia in 1646.
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets forms the core of the East End and it lies east of the ancient walled City of London and north of the River Thames. Over the course of a century, the East End became synonymous with poverty, disease, the East End developed rapidly during the 19th century. The area attracted large numbers of people looking for employment. Successive waves of immigration began with Huguenot refugees creating a new extramural suburb in Spitalfields in the 17th century. They were followed by Irish weavers, Ashkenazi Jews and, in the 20th century, many of these immigrants worked in the clothing industry. The abundance of semi- and unskilled labour led to low wages and this brought the attentions of social reformers during the mid-18th century and led to the formation of unions and workers associations at the end of the century
An electoral district is a territorial subdivision for electing members to a legislative body. Generally, only voters who reside within the district are permitted to vote in an election held there, from a single district, a single member or multiple members might be chosen. Members might be chosen by a first-past-the-post system or a representative system. Members might be chosen through an election under universal suffrage. The names for electoral districts vary across countries and, the term constituency is commonly used to refer to an electoral district, it can refer to the body of eligible voters within the represented area. Similarly, in Australia and New Zealand, electoral districts are called electorates, the term Chûnāô-Kshetra is used while referring to an electoral district in general irrespective of the legislature. When referring to a particular constituency, it is simply referred to as Kshetra along with the name of the legislature. Electoral districts for municipal or other bodies are called wards.
In Canada, districts are colloquially called ridings, in French, circonscription or comté, local electoral districts are sometimes called wards, a term which designates administrative subdivisions of a municipality. In local government in the Republic of Ireland voting districts are called electoral areas, district magnitude is the number of representatives elected from a given district to the same legislative body. A single-member district has one representative, while a district has more than one. Under proportional representation systems, district magnitude is an important determinant of the makeup of the elected body, the geographic distribution of minorities affects their representation - an unpopular nationwide minority can still secure a seat if they are concentrated in a particular district. District magnitude can vary within the same system during an election. In the Republic of Ireland, for instance, national elections to Dáil Éireann are held using a combination of 3,4, main articles and Redistricting Apportionment is the process of allocating a number of representatives to different regions, such as states or provinces.
Apportionment changes are accompanied by redistricting, the redrawing of electoral district boundaries to accommodate the new number of representatives. This redrawing is necessary under single-member district systems, as each new representative requires their own district, multi-member systems, vary depending on other rules. Apportionment is generally done on the basis of population, the United States Senate, by contrast, is apportioned without regard to population, every state gets exactly two senators. Malapportionment occurs when voters are under- or over-represented due to variation in district population, given the complexity of this process, software is increasingly used to simplify the task, while better supporting reproducible and more justifiable results
London, or Greater London, is a region of England which forms the administrative boundaries of London. It is organised into 33 local government districts, the 32 London boroughs, the Greater London Authority, based in Southwark, is responsible for strategic local government across the region and consists of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. The county of Greater London was created on 1 April 1965 through the London Government Act 1963, Greater London was first established as a sui generis council area under the Greater London Council between 1963 and 1986. The area was re-established as a region in 1994, and the Greater London Authority formed in 2000, the region covers 1,572 km2 and had a population of 8,174,000 at the 2011 census. In 2012, it had the highest GVA per capita in the United Kingdom at £37,232, the Greater London Built-up Area—used in some national statistics—is a measure of the continuous urban area of London, and therefore includes areas outside of the administrative region.
The term Greater London has been and still is used to different areas in governance, history. In terms of ceremonial counties, London is divided into the small City of London, outside the limited boundaries of the City, a variety of arrangements has governed the wider area since 1855, culminating in the creation of the Greater London administrative area in 1965. The Greater London Arterial Road Programme was devised between 1913 and 1916, one of the larger early forms was the Greater London Planning Region, devised in 1927, which occupied 1,856 square miles and included 9 million people. The LCC pressed for an alteration in its boundaries soon after the end of the First World War, noting that within the Metropolitan, a Royal Commission on London Government was set up to consider the issue. The LCC proposed a vast new area for Greater London, with a boundary somewhere between the Metropolitan Police District and the home counties, protests were made at the possibility of including Windsor and Eton in the authority.
The Commission made its report in 1923, rejecting the LCCs scheme, two minority reports favoured change beyond the amalgamation of smaller urban districts, including both smaller borough councils and a central authority for strategic functions. The London Traffic Act 1924 was a result of the Commission, Greater London originally had a two-tier system of local government, with the Greater London Council sharing power with the City of London Corporation and the 32 London Borough councils. The GLC was abolished in 1986 by the Local Government Act 1985 and its functions were devolved to the City Corporation and the London Boroughs, with some functions transferred to central government and joint boards. Greater London was used to form the London region of England in 1994, a referendum held in 1998 established a public will to recreate an upper tier of government to cover the region. The Greater London Authority, London Assembly and the directly elected Mayor of London were created in 2000 by the Greater London Authority Act 1999, in 2000, the outer boundary of the Metropolitan Police District was re-aligned to the Greater London boundary.
The 2000 and 2004 mayoral elections were won by Ken Livingstone, the 2008 and 2012 elections were won by Boris Johnson. The 2016 election was won by Sadiq Khan, Greater London continues to include the most closely associated parts of the Greater London Urban Area and their historic buffers. Thus it includes, in five boroughs, significant parts of the Metropolitan Green Belt which protects designated greenfield land in a way to the citys parks
The assembly was established in 2000 and meets at City Hall on the south bank of the River Thames, close to Tower Bridge. The assembly is able to investigate issues of importance to Londoners, publish its findings and recommendations. The assembly comprises 25 members elected using the Additional Member System of proportional representation, elections take place every four years – at the same time as for the Mayor. A party must win at least 5% of the party list vote in order to win any seats, members of the assembly have the post-nominal title AM. The annual salary for a London Assembly member is approximately £55,000, one assembly member, Jenny Jones, was appointed to the House of Lords as the first life peer for the Green Party, and sat in the assembly until May 2016. Sally Hamwee, Graham Tope and Toby Harris were life peers elected to the assembly, while Lynne Featherstone, andrew Dismore, Graham Tope, and Richard Tracey are all former MPs who were elected to the assembly. One assembly member – John Biggs, former AM for City and he is currently serving as the Mayor.
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Bethnal Green and Bow (UK Parliament constituency)
Between the 1983 and 1997 general elections, the equivalent seat was Bethnal Green and Stepney. In this review a name change to Tower Hamlets North was publicly consulted on and it includes much of the traditional East End and Brick Lane. The seat has a large Muslim community – one of the largest proportion of Muslim voters in the country. Workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 higher than the average of 3. 8%. Bethnal Green and Bow is, based on results in local and national elections, traditionally a very safe Labour seat, in 1974 the Bethnal Green constituency was abolished. A new seat was created with the official name of Tower Hamlets, Bethnal Green. However the London Borough prefix is not commonly used for seats in the 1974–1983 redistribution, the 1974–1983 constituency was a safe Labour seat, with the Liberal Party in a distant second place. Ian Mikardo, a well known back bench Labour MP, represented the area in this period, between 1983 and 1997, most of the present constituency formed the seat of Bethnal Green and Stepney.
Tower Hamlets was the only London Borough to have had held by the Communist Party of Great Britain. Between 1945 and 1950, Mile End provided the CPGB with one of its two seats, being represented by Phil Piratin. Two Communists won seats on the London County council in 1947, between 1986 and 1994, the Liberal Democrats controlled Tower Hamlets London Borough Council, this proved a successful but controversial period. The delivery of infrastructure projects, including many schools and school housing projects, was balanced by alleged corruption. At the 1997 general election, there was a swing of 5% to the Conservative Party at a time when the trend was a landslide swing against them. Bethnal Green and Bow was one of two constituencies to have any sort of pro-Conservative swing- the other constituency was Bradford West. The Labour Party and local newspapers ascribed this unusual result to problems over the selection of a Labour Party candidate, Oona King, who won the selection, was not well known and many in the local area would have preferred a candidate from a Bangladeshi background.
However the leading Bangladeshi candidates in the local Labour Party were excluded from the selection and they topped the poll in Tower Hamlets in the 2004 European Parliamentary elections and subsequently won their first local council seat at a by-election. In the May 2005 general election, the seat was a victory for ex-Labour MP George Galloway. Respect won seats at the 2006 local council elections although its performance was not as strong as many believed it could have been
British National Party
The British National Party is a far-right political party in the United Kingdom. It is headquartered in Wigton and its current leader is Adam Walker and it currently has one councillor in UK local government. During its heyday in the 2000s, it had over fifty seats in local government, the BNP was formed in 1982 by John Tyndall and other former members of the National Front. By Tyndalls admission, it remained ideologically identical to the NF, during its first two decades, the BNP placed little emphasis on contesting elections, in which it did poorly, but rather focused on street marches and rallies. A growing moderniser faction was frustrated by Tyndalls leadership and in 1999 ousted him and this resulted in increased electoral growth throughout the 2000s, to the extent that it became the most electorally successful far-right party in British history. Concerns regarding financial mismanagement resulted in Griffin being ousted in 2014, by point the BNPs membership. Ideologically positioned on the far-right of British politics, the BNP has been characterised as fascist or neo-fascist by political scientists, under Tyndalls leadership, it was more specifically regarded as Neo-Nazi.
The party is ethnic nationalist, and espouses the view that only white people should be citizens of the United Kingdom and it calls for an end to non-white migration into the UK and the removal of settled non-white populations from the country. Initially, it called for the expulsion of non-whites, although has since advocated voluntary removals with financial incentives. It promotes biological racism, calling for racial separatism and condemning mixed race relationships. Under Tyndall, the BNP emphasised anti-semitism and Holocaust denial, although Griffin switched the focus on to Islamophobia. It promotes economic protectionism, and an away from liberal democracy, while its social policies oppose feminism, LGBT rights. The BNP has a centralised structure that gives its chairman near total control. It established a range of sub-groups—such as a wing, record label. More widely, it was unpopular and faced much opposition from anti-fascists, religious organisations. BNP members were banned from a number of professions and polling suggested that a majority of Britons favoured the partys criminalisation, the British National Party was founded by the extreme-right political activist John Tyndall.
Tyndall had been involved in Neo-Nazi groups since the late 1950s before leading the far-right National Front throughout most of the 1970s, following an argument with senior party member Martin Webster, he resigned from the NF in 1980. In June 1980 Tyndall established a rival, the New National Front, at the recommendation of Ray Hill—who was secretly an anti-fascist spy seeking to sow disharmony among Britains far-right—Tyndall decided to unite an array of extreme-right groups as a single party
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is a London borough in East London, England. It lies around 9 miles east of Central London and it is an Outer London borough and the south is within the London Riverside section of the Thames Gateway, an area designated as a national priority for urban regeneration. At the 2011 census it had a population of 187,000, the local authority is Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council. Barking and Dagenham was one of six London boroughs to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, the borough has been found to be the most unhappy place to live with the fewest new business incorporations. The borough was formed in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963 as the London Borough of Barking, the borough was renamed Barking and Dagenham in 1980. In 1994 the part of the Becontree estate in Redbridge was transferred to Barking, the area covered by Mayesbrook Park in the Borough was once part of the historic Manor of Jenkins, seat of the Fanshawe family. The borough borders the London Borough of Havering to the east with the River Rom forming part of the boundary and it borders the London Borough of Newham to the west with the River Roding forming much of the border.
To the south is the River Thames which forms the boundary with the London Borough of Bexley. To the north the borough forms a thin protrusion between Havering and the London Borough of Redbridge in order to encompass Chadwell Heath,530 hectares within the borough are designated as part of the Metropolitan Green Belt. The boroughs major districts include Barking and Dagenham and it borders five other London boroughs, Redbridge and Greenwich and Bexley to the south of the Thames. Much of the housing of the borough was constructed by the London County Council during the period of 1921-1939. Since the decline of industries in the 1980s, employment has shifted towards service sector jobs. Much of the borough is within the London Riverside area of the Thames Gateway zone and is the site of house building. A £500 million budget has been earmarked for redevelopment of the principal district of Barking. In 1801, the parishes that form the modern borough had a total population of 1,937, and the area was characterised by farming, woodland.
This last industry employed 1,370 men and boys by 1850, the population rose slowly through the 19th century, as the district became built up, and new industries developed around Barking. The population rose dramatically between 1921 and 1931, when the London County Council developed the Becontree Estate and this public housing development of 27,000 homes housed over 100,000 people, split between the urban district councils of Ilford and Barking. People were rehoused from the slums of the East End, in 1931, the Ford Motor Company relocated to a 500 acres site at Dagenham, and in 1932 the District line was extended to Upminster, bringing further development to the area
The English Democrats is a fringe, right-wing to far-right English nationalist political party in England. The party proposes a devolved English Parliament, and has suggested that England should become an independent country and it presents itself as an English equivalent to the Scottish National Party, though the Scottish National Party is considered to be much further left than the English Democrats. The party has had limited electoral success, at the English local elections in June 2009, the partys candidate Peter Davies won the mayoral election for the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. However, he announced his resignation from the party on 5 February 2013, in December 2015 Winston McKenzie announced that he had joined the English Democrats, along with confirmation that he had been selected as a London Mayoral Candidate for the 2016 London Elections. His nomination was deemed invalid and he did not contest the mayoral election, in 1998, in response to calls for the devolution of power to Scotland and Wales, Robin Tilbrook aimed at reforming the defunct English National Party, which had ceased operating in 1981.
This project included members of the Campaign for an English Parliament, the party was relaunched as the English Democrats in September 2002, after merging with several other smaller political parties. In October 2004 the party merged with the Reform UK Party, the New England Party merged with the English Democrats in February 2007. The English Democrats were co-founders of the English Constitutional Convention, now defunct, in December 2004, it was rumoured that Robert Kilroy-Silk, the former UKIP MEP had entered into negotiation to join the English Democrats. In 2007, the columnist and TV medical doctor Vernon Coleman announced he had joined the English Democrats, the partys most significant electoral success came when Peter Davies, its candidate for Mayor of Doncaster, was elected. However, Davies announced his resignation from the party on 5 February 2013 citing a big influx of new members joining from the British National Party, the English Democrats lost their remaining councillors in the 2015 local elections.
On 18 September 2015, Veritas merged into the English Democrats, the party claimed a total membership of 1,011 at the end of 2004, and 1,202 at the end of 2005. Cowd was an member of the English Democrats and a National Council member. He left the party in 2006, at the 2004 Birmingham Hodge Hill by-election the English Democrat candidate received 277 votes, or 1. 4% of the votes cast. The partys slogan for the 2005 general election was The English Democrats – Putting England First, in total, the English Democrats fielded 25 candidates for the May 2005 general election, including Staffordshire South where the election was delayed until June due to the death of a candidate. The party withdrew its candidate in North Norfolk and endorsed the Conservative Party candidate, Iain Dale, bushells 1,216 votes beat the UKIP candidate, Stan Gain, who secured 709 votes, this was the partys best result for the election though still a fifth-place performance. In June 2005 Bushell stood in Staffordshire South, where he received 643 votes coming fifth out of eight candidates, in 2011, Bushell announced that he would, in future, be supporting UKIP.
The English Democrats fielded Joanne Robinson as their candidate in the by-election forced by the resignation of former shadow home secretary David Davis from the House of Commons, Joanne Robinson came third, with 1,714 votes,44 votes fewer than the Green candidate received in second place. Of the 26 candidates she was one of three to win back her deposit
Steven Marcus Woolfe is a British barrister and independent politician, who has served as a Member of the European Parliament for the North West England region since the 2014 European election. Woolfe was considered a frontrunner in UKIPs 2016 leadership election, but was excluded from the race after submitting his nomination late, Woolfe subsequently resigned from UKIP in October 2016, describing the party as ungovernable. Woolfe was born in Moss Side in Manchester and studied law at Aberystwyth University, in 2011 he was elected to UKIPs National Executive Committee. He contested Stockport as the UKIP candidate at the 2015 general election, the eldest of a family of four, was born in Moss Side, in Manchester, and grew up in the Manchester suburb of Burnage. His younger half-brother is Nathan Woolfe, a footballer who has played for various clubs as a striker, both his parents were born in Manchester, his mother to an Irish mother, and his English father to a British Jewish mother and a Black American father.
He studied law at Aberystwyth University graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1990 and he pursued further studies at the Inns of Court School of Law in London, before being called to the Bar. Woolfe began his career at chambers in the Inner Temple, practising as a Criminal Law barrister in the City of London and he spent several years as general counsel for hedge fund managers. He now acts as a legal and regulatory consultant to financial institutions, Woolfe was introduced to UKIP by Lord Pearson of Rannoch and made his debut speech at UKIPs 2010 annual conference in Torquay. After Nigel Farage declared his intention to stand in the 2010 UKIP leadership election, he appointed Woolfe to his team of senior spokespeople, in 2011, Woolfe was elected to UKIPs National Executive Committee, coming second behind Neil Hamilton who topped the poll. On 8 May 2014, Woolfe chaired a UKIP public meeting in Westminster promoting UKIPs Black and Minority Ethnic candidates, Woolfe has called for a fair and ethical stance towards migration, stressing that migration should be based on merit, not on race, colour or creed.
From July 2014 until May 2015, Woolfes Economics brief has been shared with Patrick OFlynn, OFlynn was responsible for macro policy and taxation, while Woolfe remained UKIPs Financial Affairs and City of London spokesman. He has echoed calls made by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage to take those on minimum wage out of paying tax altogether, in July 2016, Woolfe launched his bid to become leader of UKIP following the resignation of Nigel Farage. He gained the support of the leaders of UKIP in Wales and his running-mate was Welsh UKIP leader Nathan Gill. Woolfe promised to go after Labour seats in Northern England. Woolfe said UKIP has won the argument for managed immigration and promised to drive a new focus on social mobility, Woolfe said he would build on the 4 million votes UKIP got at the last election. Woolfe let his UKIP membership lapse from December 2014, and paid for it to be renewed in March 2016, on 31 July 2016, he was blocked by the NEC from submitting his leadership, claiming that his application had been submitted several minutes after the deadline.
Woolfe denied this, and said that UKIPs computer systems were unable to accept his application at the time of submission and he had previously talked of scrapping the NEC. He said that he forgot about the conviction, in which he received a £350 fine, on 5 October 2016, Woolfe was reported saying he was enthused by Theresa Mays leadership, and that he had considered defecting to the Conservative Party