Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, better known as Posie Parker, has faced another setback in her political endeavours as the UK Electoral Commission rejected her second attempt to register the Party of Women.
The decision, announced on 6 November, cited the application as “incomplete,” mirroring the response to her initial attempt in September.
The Electoral Commission, an independent entity overseeing UK elections and political finance, found shortcomings in Parker’s submission. In a video shared on social media, Parker voiced her frustrations, claiming meticulous adherence to the Commission’s guidelines and suggesting the rejection was influenced by personal biases against her and her cause.
Speaking with PinkNews, Parker reiterated her belief that the refusal was based on minor points, vowing to submit a third application, and expressed concerns over what she perceives as increased scrutiny due to her identity and speculated about the presence of what she labels as “victims of the cult” within the Commission.
A spokesperson for the Electoral Commission clarified that the refusal was grounded in legal compliance issues, stating, “The Party of Women’s application was not consistent with its financial scheme, and the financial scheme was not properly adopted.” They emphasised that decisions are strictly based on legal criteria outlined in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA), devoid of personal or political influences.
Parker, who first announced her political ambitions in May, had called for supporters to join her in contesting various UK constituencies and council seats. Following the September rejection, a Commission spokesperson detailed the non-compliance of the party’s constitution and financial scheme with legal requirements.
Despite this latest setback, Parker declared she would not abandon her efforts to establish the Party of Women and would continue to voice controversial views, particularly against the trans community.