The Animal Protection Party and the UK General Election
Just over a month has passed since the 2010 General Elections and the resulting Coalition government is beginning to outline their new policies. Understanding Animal Research has taken the chance to have a look back at how some of the other parties fared on May 6th.
The Animal Protection Party was one of thirty five other parties which campaigned across the country for votes. They were led by the convicted animal rights extremist Keith Mann.
The party had candidates in four constituencies chosen for sites long targeted by animal rights activists: Huntingdon Life Sciences, Wickham Laboratories and Oxford University. Vauxhall was selected as the sitting MP was Kate Hoey (the chairperson of the Countryside Alliance, who support fox hunting).
In the end the Party only managed to win an average of 0.3% of the votes where they stood, and came last in all but one of the constituencies. They were beaten by various fringe parties such as anti-capitalist groupings. This has led to much recrimination from fellow activists.
The minimal campaigns, no shows at election hustings and the losses incurred by each candidate (the £500 deposit required to stand in the election only returned if the candidate receives over five per cent of the total votes cast) has led to criticism within the movement.
The results of the vote were as follows:
- Carrie Holliman, Huntingdon: 181 votes, 0.3% of the vote
- Sarah Coats, Meon Valley: 255 votes, 0.5% of the vote
- Keith James Mann, Oxford West and Abingdon: 143 votes, 0.3% of the vote
- Jim Kapetanos, London Vauxhall: 96 votes, 0.2% of the vote