Critical Questions for Nigel Farage of the Reform Party AND the Conservative Party Chairman

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By Constitutional Expert John Strafford.

British political parties are traditionally formed as unincorporated associations composed of a membership, rather than established as corporate entities.

Rules are usually set out in a written constitution, while party affairs are handled by a committee chosen by members – like that of Labour or the Conservatives. However this is not the case with the Reform Party.

The Reform Party is owned by Reform UK Party Ltd., so who controls the Reform Party?

Reform UK Party Ltd. has 15 shares. The shareholders are Nigel Farage, who holds 8, and Richard Tice, who holds 5. Chief Executive Paul Oakden and Party Treasurer Mehrtahs A’Zami hold 1 share each.

What does this mean?

Mr Farage is able to remove Mr Tice as director, and take the decision to unilaterally dissolve the organisation, making him the party’s ultimate decision-maker.

It also means that Nigel Farage could sell his shares and whoever bought them would take control of the Reform Party.

Mr Farage claimed Reform UK would “democratise over time” after he was accused of running a “one-man dictatorship.”

Reform UK has previously said the structure allowed the organisation to “cut through” as an “insurgent party” without the possibility of factionalism which can plague other parties.

I can understand that but the reality is that at present the Reform Party is a one man dictatorship and that is unacceptable in a democracy.

So the question is:

“Nigel Farage, will you commit to a date by which the Reform Party becomes a democratic organisation in which ultimate authority rests with the membership on the basis of one member one vote?”

The other question which needs a reply is addressed to the Conservative Party Chairman.

“Why does the Conservative Party not attack the Reform Party for being a dictatorship?”

Is it perhaps that the Conservative Party is also a dictatorship run by an elite oligarchy that has taken all the democratic rights that the Party members had prior to the introduction of the new Constitution of the Party in 1998 e.g. Selection of Candidates, Motions at the Party Conference etc.?


John Strafford is a British Constitutional Expert who has advised numerous senior politicians throughout his career. John is Chairman of the Campaign for Conservative Democracy and is the Chief Constitutional Advisor of the Conservative Democratic Organisation. John has written numerous noteworthy papers and publications including: “The Conservative Party for the 21st Century” proposing a Party Constitution and “Our Fight for Democracy” – a history of democracy in the United Kingdom. John regularly appears in the media on programmes such as “Newsnight”, “Today”, “World at One” and “World Tonight.”

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