We have tried to answer a number of questions that we feel potential supporters, members and others might wish to ask us. We realise that there will be many questions that you may have, but as we are pressing forward and busy in other areas, we hope that these answers will be of interest.
What does the name mean?
The Party Founder and founding members are all military and emergency services veterans. We wanted a name that showed who founded the Party and who it represents: Veterans. This encompasses all facets of the word, not just ex-military and emergency services but also the merchant navy, maritime rescue services, mountain and cave rescue, RNLI, etc. UK citizens who remember when our nation stood tall and could hold its head up with pride before the current establishment sold it off to the highest bidder. ‘People’ represents the current and next generations of UK Citizens who we hope to guide and entrust the future of this nation to. The name was one of several that was voted upon by our members.
Are you an offshoot of UKIP?
Absolutely not. We are new fresh Party with a different direction and vision for the UK that no other current UK party offers.
What is your stance on Brexit?
We follow democracy. A referendum was held, and a result decided, and the government accepted that decision. We will follow the will of UK citizens.
What makes Veterans’ and People’s Party different from current parties?
We are a Party made up of ordinary members of the British public, we are not career politicians who have, since the age of 10 and public school, been groomed for political office and the establishment. We are people who have had jobs, served our country and know from experience its problems through experience.
Why is the current administration an interim one?
Setting up a political party is no easy feat. To do this many volunteers have been called upon and, due to various personal circumstances, people come and go. However, all do what they can for as long as they can. It was decided that an interim administration team would set up all the relevant facets required. Once prepared, registered, soundly and stably established as required by Electoral Commission and Parliamentary legislation and regulations (PPERA and the Representation Of The People’s Act), a nationwide campaign will be held of our own membership to seek individuals who are interested in serving the Party and the nation, locally, regionally and nationally. As part of that process, official party officers will be voted in by the members over a staggered period to allow for said stability, continuity, strength and cohesion as we move forward.
Why was this Party created and what was the motivation behind it?
For years now the Government, in its various forms, has pulled further and further away from the United Kingdom. As a result we now have a so-called elite, an entitled group of career politicians, whose main concern is to remain politicians and reap the benefits from that position. The United Kingdom is tired, it is broken, it is angry. The Veterans’ and People’s Party was founded by UK Forces and Emergency Service Veterans who have become disillusioned with the establishment and so decided to make a stand for the whole of the United Kingdom. As a Party, we are open to all UK citizens and legal residents, our pledge is to offer “transparent politics” and make the government accountable to its people. We intend to give the people their voice back. We will not speak for you, we will speak with you.
Who does the VAPP represent?
All citizens and legal residents of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Are you open to only Ex Forces Veterans?
No, all UK citizens and legal residents are welcome.
How has the Party taken its members thoughts and suggestions into consideration?
We have spent months gathering suggestions from our members and refining them into Party policy, our values and positional statements and, with the public’s help, our future manifestos. The whole idea of the Party is to give a voice back to UK citizens and legal residents and not simply dictate our will onto them like the current establishment.
Once all interim tasks are complete, what’s the plan for a nationwide candidate search for all positions up to and including Party Leader?
Once the set up phase and registration is complete we will embark on a nationwide recruitment campaign for members and elected Party Officers. Any registered member can put themselves forward for any position up to, and including, Party Leader. It will be up to the individual to campaign for the position which will then be voted on by registered members. Once these positions are confirmed, the interim committee members will officially hand over full control to the elected officer. Interim officers can also campaign for the positions should they choose to and will follow the same campaign procedure, ensuring a fair and democratic process.
If VAPP is a centralist party, why do you use words like “Libertarian, Progressive and Radical” in your documents or website?
We believe in liberty, progression and the need for radical change in British Society. The exact meaning of the words being: “To advocate liberty, especially with regard to thought or conduct, maintaining the doctrine of free will, conforming to principles of liberty and freedom.” “Progressive ideas and systems are new and modern, encouraging change in society or in the way things are done for the benefit of communities, society and the nation.” “Radical - especially of change or action, relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough – characterized by departure from tradition and established structures that are now outdated or ineffectual.”
Through various media outlets, social commentary and other means, words like this have been skewed to be believed to mean many other things except their actual definitions. We intend to bring common sense back into British life and politics, bringing about much needed change whilst maintaining or enhancing British Values and Life.
How can I join?
You simply go to our Membership page.
Must I become a member or can I just donate?
Any and all donations are gratefully received. We welcome supporters, members and donors. Membership is not a requirement, though we hope people will feel they want to help us address the problems of the UK. The best way to do that is by getting involved rather than just saying they support us. We welcome volunteers and members who want to become even more involved in changing our communities and country. There are legal guidelines for donations made to political parties to ensure that donations are legitimate and appropriate, these are explained on our donation page and terms of service.
What are the benefits of membership?
Paying members can actively take part in drafting policy and the manifesto; can contribute at conference; receive a membership card; and, depending on the level of subscription, they could receive a car sticker or lapel pin as well. They can be part of the local Party and involved in local, regional and national campaigning. Most of all they can have fun and meet new friends. Without members there is no VAPP.
Please click here for an easy to follow description how to join as a member. How to Join
Where can I find Party Policy?
What is the Party’s plan for the establishment of Constituency, Regional and or State Parties?
As per the Party’s Constitution, these will be established as membership numbers allow and as they are needed. In the meantime, the Party’s central organisation will be responsible for membership recruitment and oversight of the Party across the United Kingdom.
What is the plan for recruitment and the fielding of candidates?
As a now registered Party with the Electoral Commission, we actively recruit candidates for local and parliamentary elections. Candidate applicants will be required to complete a thorough application form, sign up to a code of conduct and sign a non-disclosure agreement. Applications will be vetted, references taken and an interview process will be initiated. Applicants who pass the initial vetting stage will be invited to join a group of applicants for further vetting and consideration as to their suitability, where personality and character are further assessed.
Applicants who pass this stage will be required to submit to a Disclosure Barring Service Application (formerly a Criminal Records Bureau check). Only after this stage will the Party take applicants to the next stage of the process to be considered for candidature of the Party. Applicants will be required to undertake training as deemed appropriate by the Party and attend final applicant interviews prior to acceptance onto the Party’s list of Prospective Party Candidates.
Successful applicants will be required to sign a contract with the Party in regards to their conduct, responsibilities and accountability as a Prospective Party Candidate. This contract will exist and remain in force for as long as the individual is a Party Candidate or holder of elected office. This is in line with the Party’s policy and desire that its candidates and elected representatives are fully accountable to both Party and the electorate. It is also in accordance with the Party’s stated aim of being the most accountable Party in British politics and its desire to stop the rot in the current political establishment, bringing change, hope and ownership of the political system back to the British public and out of the hands of a distant self-serving elite.
Further details can be found on the website under the members and candidates menu tab.
What is the Party view on social reform?
Given we are a new Party, we are still developing our views on social reform and consulting our supporters and members where they feel such reform is needed. Shortly we will be asking the public for their view. However, it is clear that key areas of social policy need reviewing and reforming.
Piecemeal short-term reform is not the answer to these serious issues and a comprehensive review and reform is needed to enable our country to address them. Unfortunately, neither of the main parties seems that interested in taking this view; they continue with their short-termism, gladiatorial point scoring, braying and behaving like children when in the Chamber of the House.
Our nation is demanding change, however these public schoolboys have no concept of how serious the disaffection of the public is. Social reform is vital; it’s likely to get lost in the work of Parliament whilst we are dealing with the great divorce bill and trade deals. There simply will not be enough time for MPs to seriously address these matters effectively and seriously.
Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a problem may reveal or create other problems. Social policy in the 21st century is complex and, in each state, it is subject to local and national governments as well as supranational political influence. For example, membership of the European Union is conditional on member states' adherence to the social chapter of European Union law and other international laws.
The UK has a great history of social reform which, over the years, has resulted in:
• The abolition of slavery
• Women getting the vote
• Public schools
• The abolition of workhouses, debtors prisons, asylums
• Penal reform
• Women’s rights
• The Dole
• The introduction of the Social Security safety net
• Free medical care and the NHS
What is the Party’s strategic plan?
We have built a foundation for our supporters, members and candidates to build on. Our strategic plan is still a work in process as you will understand of any new party. However, our Constitution, Values Statement, Positional Statement and manifesto will guide its development.
Our supporters, members and the UK Citizens have concerns about the way that establishment mismanagement has led to decline in many industries, cities, towns and communities across the UK. This mismanagement and self-interest has caused division, discord, hate, poverty and, most concerning, food poverty within communities throughout the UK, along with a loss of morale and a disengagement of our citizens from politics. This disengagement has occurred because we, the UK Citizens, are often ignored by the establishment who only listen to us at election times. It takes a disaster and major cries of outrage for them to pay attention and then what do we find? That if they had listened the disaster and loss of life would not have happened.
In addition, there is the establishment’s repeated flip flopping and short termism of their policies; their increasing distancing from the people and unwillingness to listen to the public who elected them; their elitism; their waste of money on those flip flopped policies and systems that do not work; their targeting of sections of the people to treat as villains to back their persecuting policies; and, because of their vested interests, creating policies that serve their friends in big business or the unions instead of the people and our country.