Friday, May 28, 1999 Published at 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Pro-Euro Conservative Party
The Pro-Euro Conservative Party was formally launched in February 1999 by Conservative MEPs John Stevens and Brendan Donnelly. The two had already been in effect deselected as Tory candidates for the next Euro-elections.
The party's main aim is to get the UK to join the single currency as soon as possible, and to apply pro-European pressure on the Conservative Party in the same way Eurosceptics did to John Major's government.
It hopes to achieve this by running rival candidates that will split the Tory vote. With the elections being held under proportional representation, the party has more of a chance of having an impact than under the First Past The Post system.
Although the Pro-Euro Conservative Party's predominant issue is the euro, it also calls for the Conservative Party to reform itself and return to more moderate Tory values.
The Labour government is also criticised because it "wants to join the euro but dare not say so".
Manifesto: "Time to decide."
"Our party wants early British membership of the European single currency. We shall be pushing the government to move faster to achieve it . . We believe that Euroscepticism may destroy the traditional Conservative Party."
"We are a party based on traditional Conservative values, which rejects the radical Euroscepticism now permeating every aspect of official Conservative policy . . .
"We foresee no improvement in the electoral fortunes of the Conservative Party until it reverts to its traditional positive view of Europe and European policy . . . Every vote cast for us will be a powerful signal to the Conservative leadership that it is destroying the Conservative Party."
According to the party's manifesto, the UK has historically suffered from an inability to commit itself to being a European nation while failing to discover a better alternative.
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