Official Monster Raving Loony Party

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The Official Monster Raving Loony Party is a registered political party[1] established in the United Kingdom in 1983 by musician and politician David Sutch (1940–1999), better known as Screaming Lord Sutch.[2]

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History

Starting in 1963, David Sutch, of Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages, stood in British parliamentary elections under a range of party names, mainly as the National Teenage Party candidate. At that time the voting age was set at 21. The name "National Teenage Party" was intended to highlight what Sutch and others saw as hypocrisy, that teenagers were unable to vote on the basis of their supposed immaturity while the adults running the country were involved in events such as the Profumo Affair.

After being shot at during a mugging attempt while living in the United States, Sutch returned to Britain and to politics during the 1980s, and it was at this time that the "Raving Loony" tag first appeared at the Bermondsey by-election of 1983 (all retrospective claims for the party existing before this date being fraudulent).

A similar concept had appeared in the "Election Night Special" sketch by Monty Python's Flying Circus (in which the "Silly Party" and the "Sensible Party" competed against each other) and a similar skit by The Goodies (where Graeme Garden stood as a "Science Loony"). There had also been a "Science Fiction Loony" candidate in the 1976 Cambridge by-election.

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