Britain’s newest political party set up by former Ukip members in Great Yarmouth
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After six months of planning, a movement has been set up to challenge party politics at a local level.
The Tribune party has been set up by former UKIP members, including two current Great Yarmouth borough councillors, Adrian Myers and Robert Connell.
Mr Myers said Tribune had been initially set up to bolster the independent group of councillors serving on the council.
'We thought why don't we set up a party that is not political. There's an opportunity. Things are changing, and people are fed up of the status quo,' he said.
A major launch event for the new group is planned to be held next month.
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'We are going to be a very proactive party – a local party for local people,' Mr Myers added.
'We have had 98 years of this current political system and no-one is better off. The difference between the poorest and those at the top is the worst since time immemorial.
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The party has not yet decided if it will be putting candidates forward in next year's county council elections but they will be contesting seats in the 2018 borough council elections.
The party is focused on Great Yarmouth for now, but if successful, other candidates may run in neighbouring districts in the future.
'Great Yarmouth is one of the most socially deprived areas in the UK, and that needs to be addressed,' Mr Myers said.
Major issues the party is hoping to tackle are the controversial Universal Credit roll out, flood defences, and limiting private involvement in public services.
Its logo is a half cog and ship – representing industry and Yarmouth's links to fishing and the sea.
Its colours are black and white, because, as Mr Myers explained, 'everything about us is black and white'.
Rosettes have already been produced. The group's officers are Michael Monk, Adrian Myers, Robert Connell and Lynne Connell.
Tribune registered with the Electoral Commission on November 1 and is the newest of the 643 political parties in the UK.