Bethnal Green and Bow

LMMN guide to General Election Fringe Political Parties, part three- Return of the Whigs

Alasdair Henderson The Whig Party candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow

Alasdair Henderson The Whig Party candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow

Londonmultimedianews talked to Alasdair Henderson of the Whig Party for this third instalment of our guide to fringe political parties and independents at the 2015 general election.

Mr Henderson is standing in the Bethnal Green and Bow constituency in East London.

Unusually for a fringe political party, the Whig Party has a long history, which dates back over 350 years. Its members have also included 17 former British Prime Ministers, including the first UK Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole.

"Retuched Painting of Robert Walpole" by Workshop of Jean-Baptiste van Loo - Original uploader was Lordoliver at en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Bobamnertiopsis using CommonsHelper.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

“Retuched Painting of Robert Walpole” by Workshop of Jean-Baptiste van Loo – Original uploader was Lordoliver at en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Bobamnertiopsis using CommonsHelper.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

However, the party was dissolved in 1868 and its members went on to become the Liberal Party.

The Whigs were reborn in 2014 under the leadership of Waleed Ghani, who standing for election in the Vauxhall constituency in London.

In our interview Mr Henderson gives his assessment of the current problems of British politics and why he believes there is a place in the system for the reincarnated Whigs.

He also talks about what he hopes The Whig Party can achieve from the fringes in this week’s election.

Candidates standing in the Bethnal Green and Bow constituency:

M Rowshan Ali Communities United Party
Rushanara Ali Labour Party
Elliot Ball The 30-50 Coalition
Jonathan Dewey Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol
Alasdair Henderson The Whig Party
Teena Lashmore Liberal Democrats
Pauline McQueen UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Jason Pavlou Red Flag – Anti-Corruption
Alistair Polson Green Party
Glyn Robbins Left Unity – Trade Unionists and Socialists
Matthew Smith Conservative Party

"A-Block-for-the-Wigs-Gillray" by James Gillray - Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZC4-6861 (color film copy transparency), uncompressed archival TIFF version (50 MB), color level (pick white and black points), cropped, and converted to JPEG (quality level 88) with the GIMP 2.4.5.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

“A-Block-for-the-Wigs-Gillray” by James Gillray – Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZC4-6861 (color film copy transparency), uncompressed archival TIFF version (50 MB), color level (pick white and black points), cropped, and converted to JPEG (quality level 88) with the GIMP 2.4.5.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –

 

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