A group has registered ‘Black Lives Matter’ as a UK political party five months after George Floyd’s death in the US – but there was confusion after BLM UK denied it was behind the move.
The political party hopes to operate across the whole of the UK and could contest the London mayoral elections next year under the name ‘Black Lives Matter for the GLA’.
But a spokesman for BLM UK said today: ‘BLM UK has no intention to set up a political party. This person or group is not affiliated with us.’
The plinth of Winston Churchill’s statue is defaced with the words (Churchill) ‘was a racist’
The new party has not yet been granted permission, and will have to go through a process to become an affiliated party which can stand candidates in UK elections.
The website says the group’s proposed descriptions will include:
- Black Lives Matter
- Black Lives Matter/All Lives Matter
- Black Lives Matter for the GLA
- Black Lives Matter Great Britain
- Black Lives Matter (United Kingdom)
- The Black Lives Matter Party
- Black Lives Matter party of Wales
- Black Lives Matter party of Scotland
The update on the Electoral Commission’s website says the party will exist across all of the UK if its application is successful.
Meanwhile, the names suggest it will try to set up splinter groups in Wales and Scotland to compete with Left-wing administrations in those nations.
The statue of slave trader Edward Colston falls into the water after protesters pulled it down
The registration has not yet been granted permission, and will have to go through a process to become an affiliated party which can stand candidates in UK elections
It may may try and contest the London elections next year under the name ‘Black Lives Matter for the GLA’ (Greater London Authority).
Today, BLM’s UK affiliate denied having any knowledge, connection or affiliation to the registration until this afternoon.
A spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We has absolutely no connection, affiliations or other and no individual or group has informed or made us aware of their intentions of forming a political party under the name of Black Lives Matter. It is not us.’
In a statement, they added: ‘Those of all ethnicities and from all nations who believe in racial equality are anti-racists, we stand together, we can choose to kneel together in peace and solidarity asserting black people are treated as equals to white people and is a human right to receive racial equality, social and criminal justice in the societies we live together, as full citizens of the country and as a united nation.
‘We are operating as non-political, non-partisan, non-violence Black Lives Matter platform. Some content published on this website may have political elements by the nature of a society and state governed under a system of democracy; however we operate in a humanitarian capacity and concern before all else.’
To register as a party the group will need to fill out an application, and pay a £150 non-refundable fee. They must have a party constitution, a financial system and submit any logos if they want to use them.
London Trans+ Pride protest for Black Trans Lives Matter in central London
People gather for a Black Lives Matter protest in Brixton
BLM protests erupted in Britain and across Western societies in June after the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Anti-racism demonstrators infamously toppled the controversial statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol during the summer.
BLM activists have called for the defunding of police forces they accuse of ‘systemic racism’ and for an overhaul of UK culture including the removal of statues of imperial figures, the renaming of buildings and the ‘decolonisation’ of the curriculum.
Last month, the Mail on Sunday revealed that another party inspired by the BLM movement is planning to contest at the next General Election.
Among those spearheading the Taking The Initiative Party (TTIP) is Sasha Johnson, who has been whipping crowds into a frenzy during recent protests.
Wearing camouflage trousers, a black beret and a stab-proof-style vest, she told supporters at the Million People March that the TTIP ‘will be the first black-led political party in the UK. We want representation. This is what democracy looks like’.
Sasha Johnson, who has been whipping crowds into a frenzy during recent protests, is among those spearheading the Taking The Initiative Party (TTIP)
Ms Johnson, who calls herself ‘Oxford’s Black Panther’, said that the group was ‘not just a party for black people’ and would also represent the working class.
She told a 400-strong crowd: ‘We are tired of being let down by Labour, Conservatives, Lib Dems and all of them.
‘We want our own political party, one that reflects the multicultural nation that we have become. I want my black younger generation to exercise your civic rights. Look at the manifesto of TTIP because it’s the future.’
The party has been registered with the Electoral Commission and says it aims to ‘create real change in communities across the UK by setting the agenda in government’. In its constitution it says there will be no discrimination ‘with regard to sex, race, colour, creed, age, disability or sexual orientation’.
It is not yet clear what role Ms Johnson, who has been prominent during demonstrations in London and Oxford, will play within the party and an announcement on its leadership is expected later this month. But a spokesman said: ‘She has great potential and great talent. We do have plans for her.’
The new political party is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Pictured: Black Lives Matter protests at the base of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square in June this year
Ms Johnson, 26, has campaigned for statues to be removed and is part of the secretive group Forever Family Force.
Footage on Instagram shows her parading with female FFF members in military-style garb during a march in Brixton last month for African Emancipation Day.
Comparisons have been made with the Black Panthers, the far-Left protesters who wore similar uniforms as they campaigned against police brutality in 1960s America.
Ms Johnson, a youth worker and cafe owner, has called for the establishment of a ‘black militia’ in the UK.
In a video posted in July, she compared the police to the Ku Klux Klan and dismissed ethnic minority politicians David Lammy, Priti Patel and Sadiq Khan as ‘tokenistic’.
Ms Johnson also led chants of ‘f*** the police’ and ‘one solution, revolution’ in a fresh campaign to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oxford University.