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The Greens were a single issue party once, some would argue that UKIP are still. It's a very good idea for vapers to influence their candidates - please do, I know I will be trying to.
After going on five vaping demos now, and seeing countless petitions wither, I think we just have to realise that just because there's 2.1M vapers doesn't mean that there's 2.1M people bothered enough to do something about it.
Vapers In Power is an attempt to get a few people counting for a lot - it might not work, but its not a big ask, and its worth a chance!
Yeah, its tricky. We can't try to represent vapers if we then come out with general policies that half of all vapers will disagree with. Basically we're a pressure group - our main purpose is that when the TPD bans advertising, we'll still be allowed to big up ecigs. Standing for election will give us a chance to establish our media presence though.
As a vaper I have found myself screaming into the void about the misrepresentation of vaping, as I am sure most of you have too. I have a chance to make our unified voice louder, a chance to make people listen to us.
We have long suffered the media pontificating over the subject and forcing the "evils" of vaping down the throat of everyone, we have the EU and our own government trying to impose a flawed TPD upon us, as is already happening to the people of Denmark.
Standing for election as an MP for Vapers In Power will give me the unique opportunity to have our say in the media across the country. It will allow us to distribute leaflets to 39 000 homes. It will give us the chance to tell our side of things.
Vapers In Power can't do this alone, we need you to help - for the cost of a bottle of juice you can help me spread our message. For a little time you can be part of something big and that with you involved will only become bigger and stronger.
This is just the start, this is the first stepping stone to create a network of voices across the UK.
Agree completely sarin, but despite your clear sanity, there are two (at present) employers that we've learnt of that actually do this! I won't spill the beans now, because we're going to try and get their reaction to our approach.
"Might your boss be breaking the law when they send you to vape in the smoking shed?"
Do you know a company that insists on exiling vapers to the Smoking Shed?
If so please could you send us the details, because we would like to send a copy of the Press Release direct to companies with this policy. We know you might not want them to know who sent it so all details will be treated in the strictest confidence. Leave a note below, or contact us on Facebook, Twitter or via our website.
DEADLINE for this is 10th February 2015
Ideally we would like to follow this up with a hard copy through the post. However we have limited funds available to do so. If you would like to DONATE something to make this happen please donate though the website via paypal marking your donation "Smoking Shed". It wouldn't take much to get this off the ground: £3.10 buys 100 envelopes and £6.20 gets us 10 stamps. If we collect more than we need the excess will go into the fund to present candidates for the General Election in May .
Vapers In Power.co.uk A registered Political Party
Nice decorations AAEC! *cheer*Anyway, last year on the 11th Jan was the BBC Vapemeets, which I know was well supported by the Bristolian/West Country AAECers, so I thought you'd like to know about one that will be happening on its anniversary. It will be at Cribbs Causeway, starting at noon (not sure exactly where yet) and its in support of a French campaign which will be happening, I think, in 30 (ATM) cities in France (and Belgium) at the same time.
The flashmob bit will be to take and post a picture of the attendees vaping and then lying down (probably easier to organise than a dance routine!).
Some of you may remember UKVIP from a few months ago – well its now called Vapers In Power and is an actual, official, registered political party!
The website can be found at www.vapersinpower.co.uk where you will find bios of myself (Liam Bryan – Bristol candidate), our Party Leader (Matthew James), our Chair (Jessica Harding), our Strategy Adviser (Peter Gill), our Treasurer (Garry Dibley) and our Barnsley candidate (Russell VR Ord).
We have gone through the hoops of registering so that we will exist as a body which can talk about vapourisers in the media (and directly to the electorate) if the worst of the TPD comes to pass.
We're not thinking we can get elected – personally I think the political system is broken, and anyway I'm not even sure a single-issue party should get elected – we exist to take advantage of the freedom of expression afforded to political parties.
We've got this far thanks to donations from Vapers but we're not asking for donations now, in fact we messed up last time people donated because we hadn't thought it through properly and hadn't set up a proper bank account. We've learnt our lesson though and this time we're trying to do things properly – hence we're also registered with the public register of data controllers (reg no A8004359).
You can “Stay Informed” via the button on our website, and we'll keep you up-to-date.
Our plans are to field candidates in the May elections and use the opportunity that provides to promote vaping. There have been some very positive moves recently but the future of vaping is still very much up for grabs.
Thanks for reading, if you have any questions, well, you know what to do!