A SUSSEX academic has resigned as leader of a political party calling for independence for the north of England.
Philip Proudfoot, a Brighton resident and a lecturer at the University of Sussex, founded the Northern Independence Party in 2020 but cited “professional commitments” for his decision to step down as party leader.
In a statement, Mr Proudfoot said: “It is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision.
“I remain a member of the party and firmly believe in our cause. I have confidence in our membership and structures and I am confident that a new leader will be able to fill that role and lead the party through future challenges.
“Though I can no longer serve as leader, I will not leave. Together with other party members, I will continue to work to build a free, fairer north for all.”
A brief statement from our founder and outgoing director, Philip Proudfoot. Solidarity Philip ✊
The nomination period for our new leader or his co-leaders is expected to begin on August 1st. Members can expect to hear more on Monday. pic.twitter.com/7vR630uO8A
— Northern Independence Party 🟨🟥 (@FreeNorthNow) July 22, 2022
Mr Proudfoot, who was born in County Durham, has called for the north of England to break away from the rest of the UK to form an independent state called ‘Northumbria’.
He founded the party in response to Keir Starmer becoming leader of the Labor Party and the North-South divide in England.
The Northern Independence Party will now join the Conservatives in the search for a new leader, with nominations due to start on August 1st.
The party has yet to win elected representation at the local or national level, with the party receiving just 84 votes in the recent Wakefield by-election. In contrast, the Yorkshire Party, which is calling for a decentralized assembly for the region, received 1,182 votes.
Alongside independence, the Northern Independence Party is calling for an increase in the national minimum wage to £9.50 an hour, a 15 per cent wage increase for NHS workers and
Earlier this year, former EastEnders actress Tracy-Ann Oberman agreed to pay “significant damages” after she accused Mr Proudfoot of having “a Jewish blacklist”.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20303256.sussex-lecturer-quits-role-northern-independence-party-leader/?ref=rss Sussex lecturer is stepping down from his role as leader of the Northern Independence Party