Ray Hall the Beer, Baccy and Scratchings party candidate brought his Election campaign to the Town Centre last week.
Hall accompanied by his campaign manager – local blogger and citizen journalist Ray Turner – have been leafteing around the clock to get the fledgling party’s manifesto through as many doors as possible.
Recently Ray Hall was forced to rebrand his party after the Electoral Commision said the name “Beer,Baccy and Crumpet Party” was sexisit and that the word crumpet could cause offence.
But the Commissioners decided that the term “Scratchings’ could be permitted.
‘Scratchings’ are a Black Country delicacy made from pork rind.
During the 2013 Eastleigh by election Ray Hall, who is a self-employed silversmith, stood as a crumpeteer, and came seventh out of 14 candidates outpolling a Christian Party candidate, the English Democrats and the Socialist TUSC.
Hall was also voted the candidate most preferred by Barton Peveril students during an election event held on the campus.
At the moment the party is funded solely out of Hall’s own pocket though he is keen for potential donors to come forward (Pork Scratching companies?)
The Beer and Baccy slogan is “no one should go to bed cold and hungry or wake without hope’ and policies include :
- Zero rating VAT on draught beer to help pubs to compete with supermarket alcohol sales – although this isn’t possible under EU regulations.
- Re-introduce a 10p starter tax rate
- Cap immigration – the cap to be relative to total population size in UK
- Increase pensions, benefits and minimum wage via indexation – Hall said this would be ‘self-funding’ – increased spending by recipients would stimulate the wider economy.
- Reduce motoring and parking penalties
- Regenerate ship building – government subsidies to entice shipbuilding back, an activity Hall thinks will drive National prosperity.
- “Create a fairer society for the whole of society.”
Along with the TUSC candidate Declan Clune, Hall was excluded from the hustings at Hedge End last week because, organisers said, the party did not previously have any MPs – a decision Ray Turner branded as “disgusting” and “undemocratic.”
The Beer and Baccy party also failed to receive an invitation to the hustings held at the Old Courthouse.
Hall told Eastleigh News he hoped his campaign would interest people and more potential candidates would come forward to stand in future elections.
The following candidates are also standing in the Eastleigh Parliamentary Election:
Declan Clune – TUSC
Mark Latham- Labour
Mike Thornton – Liberal Democrat
Mims Davies- Conservative
Patricia Culligan -Ukip
Ron Meldrum – Greens