The political and social movements experienced by the UK in 2016 seemed to have motivated barrister Flora Page of South Islington to build the foundation of a new political party – the United Progress Party, based on progressive core values such as business fair play, innovative tax regulations, sustainable housing solutions and welfare benefits, and a sensible immigration outlook.
This is the first political venture for Flora Page who grew up at the Angel and attended local schools. Talking with the Jupital, Mrs. Page declared: “Politics has become an insiders’ game, played by those who go straight from university to Westminster and 2016 has demonstrated this needs to change. It is time for people who have more to offer to step up and get involved – individuals from all walks of life, who know how to make money and be kind at the same time, individuals who see power as a loan from the citizens of this country, something to spend wisely on everyone’s behalf so it may be given back with interest. We need real, practical, pragmatic solutions and this is why I am launching the United Progress Party.”
The party aims to offer a fresh perspective to politics, aside from the Left and Right doctrine, and focus on common progress. It positions itself as an alternative to traditional political parties in order to offer innovative solutions to the challenges of the 21st century and advocates for equal and united progress on devising policies encouraging fair play from the business sector and finding ways to enable people to prosper.
To achieve united progress, the party seeks to depart from the Left and Right dogma and focus on what makes sense. The main political parties appear to stick to their ideology regardless of the topic they are addressing, whether considering a natural monopoly such as the railways or a competitive market like tech start-ups, whether it’s the NHS, schools or global corporations. Meanwhile, the United Progress Party believes in pragmatic solutions, adapted to individual circumstances. For example, in terms of taxation, the party proposes a reduced corporate tax band for businesses committed to offer all employees salaries equal or higher than the living wage, a ceiling on everyone’s salary, and a company share scheme offered on the same terms to all directors and employees (pro rata in accordance with the salary scale). Based on the above scenario, if a company decides to take advantage of a favorable tax rate and thrives, all employees may be offered a fair share of the growing profits via the share scheme offered pro rata to all.
Regarding housing, the party proposes an Empty Property Tax on properties bought up by international businesses and investors and left empty, in order to bring more properties into the rental market and offer Londoners an increased chance to purchase. It may also bring in some tax revenue, which may be used towards social housing. Other policy proposals include a Landlord Tax applying to owners of more than 10 residential properties in the UK and tax breaks for homebuilders providing mixed developments encompassing sheltered housing, homes to be sold exclusively to owner-occupiers, and homes for rent by housing associations or councils.
In relation to the EU and immigration, the party aims to develop a position on Europe in line to a future of fair trade and manageable globalisation. The party also acknowledges the need for sensible, tolerant voices to be heard in Brussels, as well as Westminster.
In terms of strategy, the party aims to offer the people of Islington a viable alternative to Labour Party and UKIP and to get at least one MP to speak for fair and united progress in the borough, as a signal of the beginning of a new and progressive generation of politics. The first meeting of the party is scheduled on January 12th, 2017, starting at 7:30pm at the Artillery Arms, Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND. The meeting aims to discuss policies and strategy and to develop a 2020 general election plan.
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How may the United Progress party respond to the challenges of the 21st century?