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Fancy Dress Party

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The Fancy Dress Party was a political party in England. They were formed in 1979 as a frivolous alternative to the mainstream electoral parties, and can be seen as a forerunner of the more prominent Official Monster Raving Loony Party. Their most famous policy was to use a smaller font size to automatically reduce the unemployment statistics.

Candidates stood in the 1979 UK general election, with John Beddoes being nominated in Dartford. The party was reportedly wound up in 1983. However, other Fancy Dress Party candidates stood in Dartford in each of the general elections in 1983, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2001, and the party is as of 2006 on the register of political parties. It is possible that this group may have no direct link to the original party.


  • David Boothroyd ISBN 1-902301-59-5 "The History of British Political Parties"

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