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This year is the 30th anniversary of ‘The Official Monster Raving Loony Party’ used as a name to stand in an election. Our first election was on the 24th February 1983 when Screaming Lord Sutch stood in Bermondsey and polled 97 votes. We celebrated by having a ‘meet the brewer‘ in the Pommelers Rest which is a Wetherspoon outlet, in Bermondsey, on Tower Bridge in London.
Chris Gill, the head brewer of Ascot Ales in Camberley, Surrey presented a showcase of his beers. This included his hugely popular contribution to our Co-ALE-ition range called ‘Hope and Glory’. This was the first time that ‘our ale’ had been tapped in Central London. The customers were quite taken aback at the sight of a full posse of Loonys, The Howling ‘Laud’, Baron Von Thunderclap, The Lovely Lady Linda Landers and Knigel ‘big fibber’ Knapp, were on hand to roll out a few loony policies. If all those present who declared they had voted Loony 30 years ago, did, then there must have been some sort of voting fiddle, because Sutchie would have won!
A big thank you to Chris obviously, and Reggie the landlord, plus Vicky and all the staff who all joined in. It was also nice to meet up with Mr Wetherspoon aka John Paul Adams, he is their No1 fan and has his own web site all about them. We may see you all again sometime in the future , because it was suggested that we could have a ‘Loony Day’ up there, like we did on Westminster Bridge a few years ago, do you remember?
The Howling ‘Laud’
The Hampshire News & Mail newspapers have published a great story about our sixth Co-ALE-ition beer ‘HowlinGale’ read it here
Here is the final version of the pumpclip for the latest Co-ALE-ition ale which will be officially launched in March. Derrill Carr approached Wild Weather brewery in Silchester (Berkshire) early in February to see if they would be willing to re-brand their dark old ale called “Black Night” for the Loony Party. He had identified an excellent fit which is the Wild Weather brewery, owner and head brewer is Mike Tempest and the Loony Party have Howling. Derrill already had a name in mind “HowlinGale” which can be pronounced two ways i.e. Howlin Gale which fit perfectly with the weather related names of all the other Wild Weather brewery ales and of course Howling Ale which of course it is as well. HowlinGale is a 3.9% dark old ale with a hoppy malty taste which fills a supply gap for a Co-ALE-ition ale as it is less than 4% abv and also a dark ale that can easily be supplied to pubs in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.
The May elections will soon be upon us. There will be Town, Parish, District, definitely, and maybe County in some places. If any of you intend standing for our party, you must get a certificate of nomination from our nominations officer. Please bear in mind you cannot stand as a loony candidate without permission.
It is all free, no deposits our required, and good experience for when you may want to stand for a parliamentary seat.
E-mail your information and the intended seat that you want to contest to – email@example.com — plus you can phone 07946292557 if you are not sure about anything.
Its all good fun, a laugh a minute, and you will thoroughly enjoy yourself, win lose or draw.
We have three sitting Coucillors at the moment, Howling ‘Laud’ Hope in Fleet, Hampshire — The ‘Flying Brick’ in Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire and ‘Mad’ Mike Young on the Isle of Sheppey. Lets see if we can get a dozen or so this time round, if not more.
Happy Canvassing – Stay Loony
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope
Well, the run up to Christmas and the New Year was busy enough, launching our range of Co-ale-ition beers and what have you, phew ! I flew out to Malta for a rest, but no rest for the wicked, a By-election was called for the 13th of Feb. I initially intended to be the candidate thinking that it would be in March, April or May, but no, the date fell all wrong for me. I had other commitments and was unable to do this one, or at least have the time to give it my best.
Wheels within wheels now, some three years ago I was invited up to Northenden, Manchester to officiate at the Boat Race on the Mersey. Northenden just happened to be part of this constituency, and of course having made quite a few friends up that way, it came as no surprise that Captain Chaplington-Smythe stepped forward and proclaimed that he would stand for us if we needed a candidate, well we did, and what a good job he did! The Flying Brick was on hand, travelling up from Derbyshire, being the Captains agent and getting the papers in on time.
You will have seen the Captain at work on his video, which can be found elsewhere on this site, and an excellent crew he had behind him, Andy ‘Casablanca’ Cameron, Horratio Hornblower, the wonderful Emma Chapman, the ‘Son of the Desert’ Bob Hickson and Gareth Edwards the Manager of our constituency HQ ‘The Crown Inn at Northenden. Also all the Captain’s fan club’ and the wonderful staff. I managed to get up there for the last four days to help with campaigning, what weather it wasn’t, it was not very good for campaigning.
The count night was as good as many we have been too, the Captain’s entrance was phenomenal, a big cheer soon gets the cameras whirring. What a wonderful group of posers we were. The TV comment was “its not all over yet, it’s just the loonys entering the count”. The outcome was that we got 288 votes, not bad first time in. The Lib Dems were a bit miffed, they got less than 1,000 more than us, not good, for a so called major party, half in power. Of course they lost their deposit, but had they had got the 288 votes that were cast for us they would have retained it.
So you see it’s not a wasted vote, voting Loony after all! Joining us at the count was Chris ‘Soup Kitchen’ Bailkoski, he owns the best Night Club in Manchester, look him up if ever your there.Anyways a good time was had by all, a lot of fun, and all looking forward to the next time, and a definite contingent from Manchester will be at our conference in Wales in September.
You know that I started off ‘Wheels within Wheels’ well if I had never stood against David Cameron in the last General Election 2010 in Witney, I would have never have met Bob Hickson he was there at the Laurel and Hardy convention, and I would never have known anybody from Wythenshaw or Northenden had it not been for him!
The Howling ‘Laud’ has spoken.
From the Guardian Newspaper archive, 18 February 1983: Mr Biscuit Barrel rolls into the Bermondsey fray.
The Official Monster Raving Loony Party contests its first seat, as Screaming Lord Sutch stands against Simon Hughes and Peter Tatchell in the Bermondsey byelection
Screaming Lord Sutch in 1983, the year he stood for the Official Monster Raving Loony Party in Bermondsey.
Not until yesterday did slow-witted pressmen finally tumble the true identity of the man in the red-and-white striped jacket who is Screaming Lord Sutch’s election agent in the Bermondsey byelection.
He gave his name to the returning officer as Mr Desmond Lewis, of Norwich Street, Cambridge. In fact he is Mr Tarquin Fintimlinbinwhinbimlim Bus Stop F’tang F’tang Ole Biscuit Barrel, a veteran of the Crosby byelection some 15 months ago.
On that occasion, standing for the Cambridge University Raving Loony Society, he won 223 votes. Now he has teamed up with Lord Sutch to form the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and yesterday they announced plans to launch a National Independent Monster Party.
Mr Ole Biscuit Barrel was humiliated at Crosby when the returning officer refused to read out his middle names in the declaration, referring to him curtly as “Barrel, Tarquin.” Now he believes the time has come for independent joke candidates to come together to defend their rights.
The National Independent Monster Party will aim to field at least 50 candidates at the general election and claim television time for a party political broadcast.
Using a Cambridge University computer, they have tracked down candidates who fought recent elections for the Fancy Dress Party, the Sunshine Party, the Silly Party, the Hyppo Party, the Lorimer Brizbeep Science-Fiction Loony Party, the All Night Party and the Dog Lovers’ Party.
They have had positive responses so far from Mr Jake Jonothan Zebedee Manglewurzle of the Hyppo Party and Rupert the Hun, who has stood for the All Night Party in local elections.
Meanwhile, Bermondsey’s serious candidates were engaged in another battle of worlds yesterday, this time over an article in the newspaper Tribune pointing out that Mr John O’Grady, the “Real Bermondsey Labour” candidate, is still a member of the Labour Party. It calls on the party to take action against him before polling day.
Labour’s national agent, Mr David Hughes, said that the article was based on false information. “We have consistently pointed out that John O’Grady, by standing for election against an official Labour candidate, has rendered himself ineligible for membership of the party,” he said.
“The formal expulsion will take place once we have won this crucial byelection,” he added. Most political parties are dissolved during byelection campaigns, to avoid having to put running costs on election expenses returns, so at the moment, there is no Bermondsey Labour Party for Mr O’Grady to be expelled from.
• The Labour candidate, Peter Tatchell, has suffered a drop in support, according to an NOP survey in today’s Daily Mail. In January Mr Tatchell was given 47 percent of the vote, today he is now tipped to receive only 34. His nearest rival, with a predicted 28 percent of the vote, is the SDP/Liberal candidate, Mr Simon Hughes.
Simon Hughes won the Bermondsey byelection on 24 February with 57.7% of the vote, a 44% swing from Labour; Screaming Lord Sutch received 97 votes.
Nigel Farage announced today that UKIP would be willing to enter into a Co-ALE-ition with the Tories or Labour after the 2015 General Election providing an in or out vote from the EEU was guaranteed.
What would happen to the OMRLP’s Co-ALE-ition I hear you say?As always the OMRLP are ready should this scenario happen, this photo could form the basis of a new ale and pumpclip.
Many thanks to Martin for this one:
We propose to include: Shove ha’penny on ice as a Winter Olympic budget version of curling?