Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller launches political party ‘True and Fair’ to an almost empty room
Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller launches new political party ‘True and Fair’ to an almost empty room as she vows to ‘bring long overdue change to British politics’ in front of an audience of just THIRTEEN people
Gina Miller’s new True and Fair party was unveiled to an almost empty room
Just 13 journalists turned up for the launch of the businesswoman’s party
Accused the government of ‘lining their own pockets and those of their chums’
True and Fair Party will rival Labour and Conservatives at next general election
An activist who took the Government to court over Brexit today launched her own political party – but just 13 people showed up.
Businesswoman Gina Miller’s new True and Fair party was unveiled to an almost empty room as she vowed ‘long overdue changes to British politics’.
Ms Miller, who is the daughter of the former Attorney General of Guyana, made headlines in 2016 when she launched a constitutional challenge against the Government’s triggering of Article 50 during Brexit.
The new group will face off against the Conservatives and Labour in future political elections.
During the launch, Ms Miller accused the government of ‘lining their own pockets and those of their chums’.
She added: ‘Where are the consequences? In our outdated naive political system where trust and honour are supposed to be enough safeguards, a system we can all see blatantly does not work, we look to the Opposition to oppose and to put into words our fury. But their silence is often deafening.’
Gift bags filled with mugs and hats with the party’s logo on it were left on empty chairs in the small conference room.
The campaigner previously said: ‘This Government needs to be held to account. Voters deserve better than the current politics of incompetence and self-interest.’
Businesswoman Gina Miller’s new True and Fair party was unveiled to an almost empty room as she vowed ‘long overdue changes to British politics’
Ms Miller is planning to lead the True and Fair party in elections against the Conservatives and Labour Party
The True and Fair Party will ‘bring long overdue change to British politics’ and act as a home for the ‘politically homeless’, Ms Miller said today.
During her speech Ms Miller slammed the Conservatives and Labour, accusing the parties of ‘turning in on themselves’.
She added: ‘Ours is a country that is crying out for change. In need of a party that is focused on right and wrong, Not just right and left.
‘That understands the need for a government that works for everyone. Not one rule for them … another for the rest of us.’
Britons took to social media to mock the new party leader, claiming she had taken social distancing too far.
One said: ‘Gina Miller showing party leaders how to truly distance socially from the public and indeed anyone… Gina no mates.’
Another added: ‘Who could have predicted this?? ChangeUK totally flopped and that had 9 sitting MPs from Tories and Labour who joined it. It was the height of Brexit negotiations and a slight if not expected chance Brexit wouldn’t happen. Gina Miller is deluded.’
The campaigner said: ‘This Government needs to be held to account. Voters deserve better than the current politics of incompetence and self-interest’. Pictured: The party’s current logo
During the launch, Ms Miller accused the government of ‘lining their own pockets and those of their chums’
Britons took to social media to mock the new party leader, claiming she had taken social distancing too far
Who is the anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller?
Her battles over Brexit made her ‘the most hated woman in Britain’.
But businesswoman Gina Miller has for many become a household name over her involvement in two high-profile court cases on the biggest national question in decades.
Mother-of-three Mrs Miller was born in Guyana to a land-owning family with a mother as the attorney general, but grew up in Britain.
She studied law at the Polytechnic of East London but was unable to finish because her parents wanted her back home. She eventually obtained a degree in marketing and in 2017 an honorary law degree.
Married for the first time at 20, she had disabled daughter Lucy-Ann. Her second husband, she claims, was a drinker who beat her badly (he denies this), forcing her to flee with her daughter. For a time they lived like vagrants, sleeping in her ‘little blue car’ in multistorey car parks in Wiltshire.
She went on to become a successful City investment manager and also set up the No.1 Ladies’ Investment Club for women in business.
Describing herself as a ‘passionate person with a feisty tone of voice’, Mrs Miller says she first took an interest in challenging the Brexit process after discussing with a lawyer her belief that the Prime Minister was not allowed under constitutional law to remove citizens’ rights without parliamentary consent.
In 2016, she challenged the government over its power to trigger article 50 without parliamentary approval. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and eventually forced then-PM Theresa May to hold a Commons vote.
After court ruling in her favour in January 2017, she became a hate figure for many Brexiteers, subject to intense vitriol.
The Metropolitan police revealed it had issued eight ‘cease and desist’ notices to people who had sent Miller threatening messages.
Two years afterwards, Gina and her family were still living under security. ‘I was the most hated woman in Britain,’ she said in 2019.
And it was also in 2019 when Mrs Miller returned to the highest court in the land, this time over Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament in an attempt to pass his Brexit bill.
While her initial challenge was dismissed the case was granted an appeal. Following a hearing in Scotland a few days later the case returned to the Supreme Court, where the prorogation was found to be unlawful.
Mrs Miller has stated in various interviews that she was only pressing on with the legal action as a matter of democracy and parliamentary supremacy.
She now has two young children with her third husband and live in a £7million townhouse in Chelsea, West London.
One said: ‘No danger of Gina Miller’s new party breaking any Covid-19 regulations in the future with this handful of people turning up for the launch.’
Another wrote: ‘Gina Miller learning that Gina Miller is not quite as popular as Gina Miller thought.’
Another added: ‘Gina Miller’s new party has the hallmarks of Change UK. How long do we reckon it’ll last? 6 months? A year? There’s bound to be some rich guy stupid enough to let her drag it out for a while, she’s an excellent grifter.’
The party later tweeted: ‘We made the decision not to invite supporters to our launch today to observe Covid guidelines.
‘Hundreds of people were bitterly disappointed not to be able to attend in person If the Prime Minister made his own common sense decisions then maybe he wouldn’t be facing this crisis.’
A note on the party’s website, written by Ms Miller, reads: ‘We were told we don’t care. We are told the system is the system, and can’t change. We are treated as fools.
‘As someone who has faced many challenges, but never lost my principles, courage or passion for standing up against those who seek to exploit, bully and gain from dishonesty, I am launching the True & Fair Party to get Britain back on track.’
She wrote that she did not want to ‘sit on the sidelines or be silent while are freedoms, democracy and voices are being shut down’.
It added: ‘I believe we can unlock so much more of Britain’s potential, regain our moral compass and international reputation, and achieve a brighter future for our children.
‘But only if we clean up our politics, radically modernise our machinery of government, and have a multi-dimensional approach to policymaking.
‘It is time to hold those in power to account, and ensure our taxes are being spent wisely and efficiently.’
Ms Miller rose to fame in 2016 with a legal case against the government’s implementation of Brexit that reached the Supreme Court.
The case forced Theresa May to put her decision to invoke Article 50 – officially leaving the EU – before Parliament.
Critics accused the 56-year-old campaigner of attempting to stop Brexit, but she said that she was standing up for Parliamentary democracy.
Ms Miller led a second successful legal Supreme Court case in 2019 which found Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament to be unlawful.
Ardently pro-EU, it is not known whether Ms Miller’s new party could campaign to rejoin the European Union.
The True and Fair party takes the same name as a campaign she established in 2012 which calls for an end to financial misconduct in the investment and pension industries. The two are however separate entities.
Ms Miller has twice taken the government to court over Brexit. On the second case, which reached the Supreme Court, it was found that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament to push through Brexit was unlawful