Whig Party (British political party)

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Not to be confused with the Whigs, who existed as a political party in the United Kingdom from 1678 to 1868.
Whig Party
Leader Waleed Ghani
Founded October 2014
Preceded by Whigs
Headquarters London
Ideology Whiggism
Colours      Light blue

The Whig Party is a political party in England. The party is intended to be a revival of the Whigs that existed in the United Kingdom from 1678 to 1868. The party is led by Waleed Ghani, who launched it in October 2014. It is based on the ideology of the former Whigs, Whiggism.


Waleed Ghani and his fiancée, Felicity Anscomb, applied to register the Whig Party with the Electoral Commission on 27 May 2014.[1] The Whig Party was officially registered with the Electoral Commission on 15 September 2014. The Electoral Commission lists Waleed Ghani as its Leader and Nominating Officer, and Felicity Anscomb as its Treasurer.[2] Ghani founded the Party with the intention of filling a vacuum he saw in British politics. He immediately faced criticism from Jesse Norman, a Conservative Member of Parliament who in 2013 published a biography of the famous Whig politician Edmund Burke.[3]

On 9 December 2014, Ghani was interviewed by Jo Coburn on the BBC‘s Daily Politics.[4] Ghani has also received support from American Whigs.[5] The Party was founded without any policies, but instead a group of values such as human rights, love of country, and diversity, for which they use the Swedish word mångfald (meaning “diversity”, “variety” or “multitude”).[6][7] In early 2015, the Whig Party formed an agreement with Something New that meant both parties would cross endorse candidates and they would not stand opposing candidates in the same seats.[8]

On 31 March 2015, the Whig Party released their manifesto for the 2015 General Election. The party is pro-EU and pro-immigration. It supports universal childcare from ages two to four and the abolition of student tuition fees; it defends the rights of renters in the UK in addition to women’s rights and human rights around the world.[9]

Party leaders[edit]

# Leader Tenure Notes
1 Waleed Ghani 2014–present

Electoral performance[edit]

The Whig Party fielded four candidates at the General Election 2015: Waleed Ghani stood in Vauxhall,[1] Alasdair Henderson stood in Bethnal Green and Bow[10][11] and Felicity Anscomb stood in Camberwell and Peckham, all in Inner London. Paul Bradley-Law stood in Stretford and Urmston in Manchester.[12][13]

General Election 2015[edit]

Candidate Constituency Votes
Waleed Ghani Vauxhall 103
Alasdair Henderson Bethnal Green and Bow 203
Felicity Anscomb Camberwell and Peckham 86
Paul Bradley-Law Stretford and Urmston 169