Standing on EU issue

Memory Lane 2
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This picture shows Major John Prendergast Gouriet, a British Army officer, company director and political activist, on the campaign trail to become Matlock’s MP in 1997.

John Gouriet was best known as a founder of the National Association for Freedom.

During his three years as the Association’s director he became known for pioneering the use of legal action to oppose actions of trade unions and campaigning groups which he believed interfered with personal liberty,

He was the Referendum Party’s candidate for the old constituency of West Derbyshire in the 1997 General Election.

The Referendum Party stood for election on a single issue; that there should be a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

John Gouriet, pictured here with his eye-catching election battle bus, came fourth in the polls with 2,499 votes, which was 4.4 per cent of the vote. He died in September 2010, aged 75.