Resurgence – the Catholic political party – at its Annual General Meeting on the 30th January 2010, decided to test the electoral waters and stick its toe in to the upcoming General Election. The Party is calling on Catholics, disenchanted with the existing political parties, who are willing to stand as Candidates in their own Constituency and who want to stand on a manifesto based on Catholic Social Teaching to volunteer their services.
The Party has been built on a strong Catholic footing by Catholics who are properly formed and obedient to the Church’s teachings on faith and morals, as well as social justice. The Party is not exclusive and any person of good will who can sign up to the core aims and values of the Party are welcome to volunteer.
The only other qualifications are that they must have an affinity with the Constituency that they wish to stand for and be able to draw on local support for the purpose of nominating and canvassing.
They will be required to become a member of Resurgence [now CDP] and will be honour bound to support the implementation of the Party Manifesto. The Manifesto will be based on the Party Programme and will be approved and signed off by the Resurgence Candidates. The Party is opposed to the whipping system in the House of Commons and relies on the honesty and integrity of Resurgence Candidates. On issues arising that are outside the remit of the Manifesto, Candidates will be expected to consider each individual issue on its merits. In effect they will be Independent Members of Parliament if elected but relying on Party support. This will be a unique example of subsidiarity and solidarity.
It is not the intention of Resurgence to govern. Our purpose is to hold Government to account.
Our long term aims are to work with other Christian parties in the United Kingdom. Resurgence is already associated with other Catholic parties across the European Union and took part in the foundation of Euro-Solidarity.