The New Party
The New Party is a creation of Robert Durward, a Lanarkshire businessman, and public relations executive Mark Adams. And:
- Barely three months from polling day on 1 May, the New Party has yet to announce any candidates, and it is operating out of the offices of Mr Adams' PR firm in London. The party has been labelled "fascist and undemocratic" by David McLetchie, the leader of the Scottish Tories.
Durward and Davis also are behind the Scientific Alliance, an anti-environmental group. Thus:
- In the past, Mr Durward has attacked environmentalists and suggested the Army be sent in to shake up public services. Two years ago, Mr Durward, a Lanarkshire quarry owner, enlisted the help of Mr Adams, a former private secretary to both Tony Blair and John Major, to launch the Scientific Alliance and highlight his campaign against the imposition of an aggregate tax on the extraction of raw materials.
Andy Rowell writes:
- More importantly, there is a cross-fertilisation between the New Party and Durward’s other pet project - he is the founder of the anti-environmental Scientific Alliance. Both the New Party and Scientific Alliance work closely with the PR company Foresight Communications.
The New Party actually has a Manifesto and Jonathan Leake reports:
- Monckton was one of the backers of Stewart Dimmock, the Kent lorry driver and school governor who took the government to court for sending copies of Gore’s film to schools. The two are connected through the New party, a right-wing group whose manifesto was written by Monckton and of which Dimmock is a member.
References, Resources and Contact
- Website: newparty.co.uk
- Gethin Chamberlain, Doubts grow over validity of new party, The Scotsman, 22 January 2003. (Accessed 14 October 2007)
- Chamberlain, ibid.
- Andy Rowell, Revealed: The Hidden Agenda Behind Al Gore Attack, SpinWatch, 11 October 2007.
- Manifesto, The New Party (Accessed: 14 October 2007)
- Jonathan Leake, Please, sir - Gore's got warming wrong, Times Online, 14 October 2007.