Mark Beech (politician)

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Template:Other uses Template:Use British English Template:Infobox Politician Mark Beech (born 1984 in Walsall, Staffordshire) is an unemployed career politician nominally affiliated with the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and current Nominating Officer for The Pluralist Party. He has also represented the Labour party and as an independent campaigner.

Early career

Labour Politics

Also whilst at Glamorgan a clerical error resulted in Beech becoming a member of the Labour Party in late 2004. On 17 June 2005 he became the Chair of the Treforest Branch Labour Party.[1]

Beech represented the Labour Party against the Liberal Democrats and Socialist Students in September 2005, at a rock climbing completion held during the fresher’s faire, he finished in second place, about 3 feet behind the Lib-Dem editor of the student newspaper.[2]

Beech left the Labour party in 2006.[no citations needed here]

Social Entrepreneurship

Beech is known to be economically prudent and frugal, with a record in economical management and expenditure.[3] He co-founded the social enterprise, Glamorgan Blended Learning Ltd in 2006, through which he helped organise regeneration projects.[4]

Independent Action

In 2007 Beech ran an unsuccessful campaign calling upon the then government "to give Mark William Beech a knighthood, for his services to trying to get himself a knighthood." despite having several supporters by this time the government were not willing to acknowledge the request.

In 2008 Beech ran another unsuccessful campaign, this time calling for an end to unicameralism in Wales. This campaign failed to gather popular support for a variety of issues.

In 2009 Beech started campaigning for the restoration of Stonehenge back to Wales, his campaigning on this issue was curtailed by the General Election and subsequent change of government. Beech as continued to campaign on this issue, bringing it into his National Assembly for Wales election, 2011 manifesto.

In December 2010 Beech registered as an independent campaigner for the Welsh Assembly devolution referendum, to be held on 3 March 2011, as part of the No campaign, described as fragmented by the press.[5][6]

Official Monster Raving Loony Party

Beech joined the Official Monster Raving Loony Party at their conference in 2009. In his seminal conference speech he put forward he called upon his comrades to consider the importance of Peas in the Middle East, asserting that the Israeli-Palestine conflict is due the land being Holy and put forward the case for supplying both sides with peas that they could been use to fill the holes, which would ultimately result in a peas-full middle east. He also questioned the leader of the party Howling Laud Hope on what was going to be done to tackle the banks in solvent abuse.[no citations needed here]

Pontypridd Town By-Election

Beech contested the Pontypridd Town By-election on 18 February 2010, where he gained 30 votes out of the 514 cast. Many in the local Labour party consider Beech’s presence in this election to have cost them victory even though they were beaten by Julie Richards and Stephen Farr in the town council elections two years earlier and also beaten by Mr Farr in the county borough elections of the same year (2008).[7] Beech campaigned in the election on a platform of increasing taxes, banning umbrellas and cloning dinosaurs.[8] Template:Election box begin

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Cardiff Central – General Election

In May 2010 Beech became the first member of his family to stand for the UK Parliament, in the seat of Cardiff Central. In an interview with Hannah Waldram of the Guardian, he said: "Contrary to the view presented in the media, this election is not to elect a government; but to elect someone to represent you and your community. If you want a representative free from the shackles of cartel politics, free to practise common sense, the sane option is to vote Loony.".[9] Beech finished in 8th place, just 20 votes behind the Trade Unionist Coalition Candidate.[10][11] Beech had been campaigning on changing the plural of euro to euros to create more work at the Royal Mint, an increase in the number of female teachers and opposing the destruction of Bute park.[12] Template:Election box begin Template:Election box candidate with party link Template:Election box candidate with party link Template:Election box candidate with party link Template:Election box candidate with party link Template:Election box candidate with party link Template:Election box candidate with party link Template:Election box candidate with party link Template:Election box candidate with party link Template:Election box candidate with party link Template:Election box majority Template:Election box turnout Template:Election box hold with party link Template:Election box end

Ilan By-Election

Beech contested the Ilan By-Election on 22 July 2010, he campaigned once again for higher taxes, a promise to be tough on Cliff Richard and for the introduction of bumper cars as a safe, fun and convenient form of public transport.[13] Beech broke the Official Monster Raving Loony Party record for the lowest ever number of votes after polling just 1 vote.[14]

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Rushall-Shelfield By-Election

On 11 November 2010 Beech stood for the Official Monster Raving Loony Party in the made vacant after the death of Councillor Albert Griffiths in May, having learned from his past experiences he did not campaign on the issue of increasing taxes, instead his campaign was focused on the restoration of Trolley Buses, the 997B bus route, the mumbles railway and of Walsall Illuminations.[15] Beech gaining 42 votes.[16]

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South Wales Central

Beech was the lead candidate for the Official Monster Raving Loony Party in their South Wales Central campaign for the 2011 Welsh Assembly Elections.[no citations needed here]

References

  1. New blood for Labour branch. Pontypridd & Llantrisant Observer. 30 June 2005.
  2. Lib-Dem Victory. Leek. December 2005.
  3. Simon Calder. 'Don't miss the bus'. The Independent. 17 April 2012.
  4. BBC News (In Welsh)
  5. Opponents wonder if 'yes' is trying to stifle debate to treat True Wales. Western Mail. 27 January 2011.
  6. Second Glance. Western Mail. 29 January 2011
  7. Source: Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Template:Dead link
  8. The Propaganda Part 1, The Annual Report and Continuing Manifesto - MMX Edition p.7-9 Pocket Propaganda Press, Cardiff. ISSN 2045-1660
  9. Cardiff Central: One-line manifesto. Guardian Unlimited. 3 May 2010
  10. Wales News. The Western Mail. 7 May 2010.
  11. Election 2010; How Britain voted. The Daily Telegraph. 8 May 2010.
  12. Loony solution for our park. South Wales Echo. 15 April 2010
  13. The Propaganda Part 3, The Annual Report and Continuing Manifesto - MMX Edition p.15-16 Pocket Propaganda Press, Cardiff. ISSN 2045-1660
  14. Election in Pontypridd. http://www.loonyparty.com/index.php?page=news-11-5-10. 22 July 2010.
  15. The Propaganda Part 4, The Annual Report and Continuing Manifesto - MMX Edition p.17-19 Pocket Propaganda Press, Cardiff. ISSN 2045-1660
  16. Just 28 votes in it as Tories scrape victory in Rushall by-election. Walsall Advertiser. 18 November 2010.

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