Councillor and former city MP Dave Nellist is to become the first person in Britain to
have a party named after him.
Officials in charge of party registration at next months local elections have
barred the Socialist Party appearing on ballot papers because who many parties have
The move has enraged Nellist, who claimed that there are eight similarly named parties
and only his has been forced to change.
The party will now by known at the Socialist Alternative (Nellist) party but
only on the night of the vote on 6 May.
Nellist told CWN:
"It really is a nonsense. The whole thing arose because there were a series of
cranks who stood under the banner of things like Literal Democrats and the Conversative
Party at the last election in a bid to fool people away from the larger parties.
"They have gagged just us but allowed the Socialist Party of Great Britian, which
only had about four candidates at the last election, the Socialist Party of Northern
Ireland, the Scottish Socialist Party and the Socialist Alliance. There are also 10
parties with the word democratic in their title.
"We will campaign under our normal name but it is just on the night that the new
title will be used. I have to say that I was not involved in the decision to include my
name and the party just thought there wasnt time to establish the new title in the
minds of people before the election."
Nellist and his party have vowed to fight the decision in time for the next round of
"We will carry on to try to get the decision changed or we could have a situation
where I am not allowed in four years time to stand by the name with which I got elected.
"I think the whole thing is far more confusing for the electors than leaving
everything as it was."
The party is fielding six candidates in the elections.