UNION PROGRESO AND DEMOCRACIA
MARTIN DE LA HERRAN
MARCH 2015 ELECTION RESULT - 2% = 0 SEATS
Formed in 2007, the UPYD is a social liberal party that rejects nationalism in all forms and wants to adopt a system of symmetric federalism with political centralization as a territorial model. The ‘Union' in their name represents the union of Spain, the ‘progressive' is their view of individual freedom, and the ‘Democracy' is their belief in radical democracy. The party's roots lie in the Basque Country and anti-ETA civic associations. Prominent members include Rosa Diez former PSOE MEP. In the 2011 general elections the new party won 4.7% of the vote and five seats, making it the fourth party at national level. The party is not defined as left or right, with active members on both ends of the spectrum.
UPYD has been actively denouncing in court the Junta de Andalucia and the UGT union for corruption since 2013. Like the other opposition parties, not only has it spoken out on the subject, but made it most central to the campaign with stunts such as getting passers-by to clean public buildings with purple cloths or dressing up a doctors and handing out ‘prescriptions' and vaccinations against the corruption.
Martin de La Herran, 49, a lawyer from Jerez de la Frontera, is the presidential candidate. Herran joined the party in 2007 and was the candidate in the 2011 municipal elections. He was also a presidential candidate in the 2012 elections. Curiously the only candidate in 2015 to have these credentials. In 2012 he came fourth with 3.35% of the vote, only 3000 votes short of a seat in Malaga.
Link to election program (manifesto)
Election Slogan Levanta Andaucia