IT is a party he started from scratch more than 40 years ago.

Now Jim Duggan is spreading the word of the Peace Party on the streets of Eastleigh.

Jim, 72, founded the party back in 1972 alongside his late wife Consuelo, after becoming disillusioned with the troubles in Belfast.


Born in Dublin, Jim moved to London in 1961, where he worked in pirate radio.

When his station was shut down, he became interested with the politics behind the decision and eventually formed his own party.

The party recently won its first seat on a local council, when Imdad Hussain won a seat in Bradford.

Jim says the focus is on spreading awareness of the party’s anti-war, green policies, which also promote fully-funded public health care and maintaining free local travel for everyone.

Jim told the Daily Echo: “We expect a moderate vote, but of course we would love a miracle.”