X factor; FORGET THE BIG THREE.. HERE ARE THE OTHERS AFTER YOUR VOTES.
ALL it takes is pounds 150 and a vigorous point of view. As the three main parties turn their big guns on the voters on May 3, spare a thought for the political tiddlers who want their own slice of democracy.
More than 120 new political parties have registered with the Electoral Commission in order to put their often deeply eccentric policies to the voters. So here's our look at some of the parties you could vote for in next month's local elections...
Victory United Party
Better facilities for young people in London's High Barnet.
Abolish Forth Bridge Tolls Party
That's tolls, not trolls.
Hounslow Independence Alliance
Against rogue landlords.
Organised by a women's magazine, anti-yobs and anti-hiphop. Antihiphop?
Scotland against Crooked Lawyers
Why limit it to Scotland?
Equal Parenting Alliance
Both parents should have equal access to children.
Policy not known - possibly linked to Leighton and District Division 3 football team. Or possibly not ...
North Somerset Community Action Party
Against council tax. Want emergency services funded by income tax.
Kent Campaign Against Increasing Council Taxes
Pensioners against council tax.
Capitalism should be unfettered. Less law means less crime. Hmmm...
Lewisham People's Alliance
Socialist party based in South-east London also running for mayor.
Pull out of EU, prepare for war with Islam', immigrants should "fit in". "Popular" with the far right, then?
Save Sloane Square
Celeb-led campaign to stop four-lane road through Sloane Square, Chelsea.
Clever name, serious concerns... No to mobile phone mast near a school in Bexleyheath, Kent.
Telford And Wrekin People's Assoc
Fighting local car parking charges.
Medway Independent Party
For 'the silent majority'.
Collier Row and Mawneys Residents Association
Against anti-social behaviour and local issues. Why stop at Collier Row and Mawneys?
Space Navies Party
Possibly based on sci-fi concept of interplanetary forces modelled on oldfashioned navies - as in Star Trek's Starfleet. Beam them up, Scotty...
Clarendon Terrace Society
Save independent, small shops in Camberwell, South London.
Vision And Voice
Policy not known, but thought to be based in Camden, North London
Doncaster Against Demolition
Protest against knocking down local Victorian terraced houses.
PP PI LA
Home rule for Milton Keynes?
Community Performance First
Local activists in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancs.
Epping Community Action Group
Founded by far-right former National Front member.
Khair (Best) Party
Nope, we don't know either
NHS First Party
Fighting privatisation of the NHS
English Awareness Party
Part of English independence movement
Roman Party Ave
Men's Representative Party
No prosecutions for visiting prostitutes, ban on all-women health clubs and discounts for women on car insurance. A blokes' party, then?
The Seagulls Party
Wants a football stadium in Sussex.
Tripis Party GB
No known policies, no known meaning,
UK Popular Democrats
Anti-bureaucracy. Demanding a "strong Britain". And why not?
Possibly centre-right European People's Party.
True English Poetry Party
A party of one. Believes Britain is "in a muddle about sex", presumably in rhyming couplets
Voter's Liberty and Freedom Voter's Party
Policy unknown, but it sounds very democratic. Dodgy apostrophes though.
The New Aristocracy Party
Policy also unknown, but it doesn't sound very democratic at all...
Staffordshire Independent Group
Local issues in Staffordshire
Pro-smoking campaign on behalf of Britain's 14 million smokers. Cough.
One man political campaign against politicians - now that's post-modern!
Led by Captain Sensible and sponsored by a crisp company. Gary Lineker for PM, maybe?
East Lindsey Independent Group
Had Enough Party
And haven't we all? Actually, it's a businessman opposing increases in water and business rates
Save Bedford Hospital
Founded by a dermatologist at Bedford Hospital, Dr Barry Monk
Stoneleigh and Auriol Residents Association
Something special for Stoneleigh and Auriol residents?
Wants red ribbons pinned to criminals. Tony Blair and George Bush to be put on trial.
East Herts Party
Promises to launch some policies soon, presumably to do with East Herts.
Red and Green Alliance Party
Not known, possibly ultra-left environmentalist. Or pro-traffic lights?
Anti-vivisection Oxford students who oppose-GM food "representing people and non-human animals".
The Independence Index
Dedicated to fictional town of Harchester. So now you know.
Party for single mothers fed up with more famous Fathers4Justice.
New Nationalist Party
Anti-European, anti-immigrant party. But wants free dental care for all, which is nice...
Possibly linked to Scottish Enterprise Party
Get Snouts Out The Trough Party
Can't imagine what its policies are.
Middle England Party
Not known, but something to with hobbits?
Socialist Studies Party (1904)
Breakaway socialist party, anti-war in Iraq.
Pro-nuclear, pro-car, campaigns for a better deal for car drivers. Provided they drive nuclear-powered cars?
Solidarity - Scotland's Socialist Movement
Anti-war, anti-nuclear, anti-discrimination.
End animal exploitation.
KPP Kearsley People's Party
Not Known, but probably good news for the people of Kearsley
British Right Alliance
Fresh out of ideas?
Welsh issues, campaigning on local matters
Grouping of far-left organisations in Coventry.
Founded by businessman for voters disillusioned with Hollyrood, pro-UK.
Founded by a magazine to fight global warming
Geddit?? Emphasis on fun and parties. Work should be one week on, one week off.
See above, but wants residents to hold street parties.
Socialist Equality Party
Far-left party, accuses Labour of supporting super-rich, opposes Iraq war.
Not known - although the People's Government flourished in China under Mao.
Action to Save St John's Hospital
Campaign to stop closure of Essex hospital
Scottish peace campaign opposed to Trident nuclear missile.
Local issues in Dover
Local issues in Darwen, Lancs
Herne Bay First Independent Party
Local issues in Herne Bay, Kent
Llantwit First Independent Party
Local issues in Llantwit, Vale of
Safer Henley Independent Party
Backed by celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson in all-out war with rivals the Henley Residents Group. Could get messy ...
Scottish Enterprise Party
Pro-business, pro-Scottish independence, right-of centre.
Local issues in Suffolk
Unity For Peace and Socialism
Midlands Communist groups allied to the official Communist Party UK
For people living in the Scottish Borders rather than the bookshop.
Craven Ratepayers' Action Group
No, not a party of abjectly apologetic ratepayers, but an anti-council tax group based in North Yorks
Socialist party which campaigns for independence for Mercia (an area in the middle of England).
North Yorkshire Coast Party
Local issues North Yorkshire
Breakaway Conservatives campaigning on local issues
Local issues in Southampton
Southampton Save Our Services
Better conditions for public sector workers in a large Hampshire town.
And if you REALLY want to waste your vote, you could always go for the Tories...
BLAH CANDIDATE: Captain Sensible
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|Date:||Apr 23, 2007|
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