Heritage

The work continues

The Party builds on the heritage of the founders of British radicalism, such people as Charles James Fox, Mary Wollstonecraft, Olaudah Equiano and Tom Paine, who fought for a wider suffrage, freedom of thought, civil rights and liberties, equality between men and women, the abolition of slavery and colonialism, and international relations based on equality and partnership. The early radicals espoused a wide range of progressive causes but were united in opposition to privilege and hierarchy, support for far reaching constitutional reform and for individual liberty, freedom of expression, and freedom of belief.

Our emblem is based on a portrait of Charles James Fox was born in 1749 and served as an MP for almost 40 years, including a period as Britain’s first Foreign Secretary. He became a powerful advocate of constitutional reform, national self-determination, individual liberty and freedom of belief. He opposed restrictions on freedom of expression and alliances with despotic regimes, supported democracy and national self-determination, and campaigned successfully in Parliament for the abolition of the slave trade and for catholic emancipation. In his mid-thirties he fell in love with, and later, in the face of strong public disapproval, married Elizabeth Armistead, a former sex worker, and lived with her happily until his death in 1806.