Two former ICAEW rebels are giving accountancy activism a break to set up a
Bruce Lawson, former Ukip treasurer and anti-ICAEW merger campaigner, along
with Keymer Haslam’s Martin Haslam, who campaigned against current cost
accounting in the 1970s, have set up the United Kingdom First Party.
The party will take on Ukip’s Nigel Farage and EU whistleblower Marta
Andreasen by fielding candidates in next month’s European Parliament elections
in the South East England and East of England constituencies.
UKFP wants to cut public spending, scrap ID cards and seeks a transfer of the
2012 London Olympics to another country. ‘We need to cut up to £80bn from UK
public expenditure,’ said Lawson.
Former One Man and his Dog presenter Robin Page is also a member of
the newly formed party.
Lawson was a vocal figure against the ICAEW over its plans to merge with
CIPFA in 2004, with members narrowly voting against the proposal. Haslam and his
late business partner David Keymer fought against the introduction of an
accounting standard on current cost accounting in the late 1970s, with the
belatedly introduced standard canned in the late 1980s.