United Party (Kenya)

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The United Party was a political party in Kenya.


The party was established in August 1959 by Llewellyn Briggs, bringing together his Independent Group and former members of the Federal Independence Party (FIP) who had formed the Progressive Local Government Party. [1] [2] [3] [4] The Independent Group had won eight of the fourteen European seats in the 1956 general elections, whilst the FIP had failed to gain representation. The formation of the United Party was primarily a response to the establishment of the New Kenya Party by liberal Europeans. [4]

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  1. Kenya from Mau Mau to Independence Michael Farquhar
  2. George Bennett & Carl Gustav Rosberg (1961) The Kenyatta Election: Kenya 1960-1961, Oxford University Press, p16
  3. Bethwell A. Ogot (2003) My Footprints on the Sands of Time: An Autobiography, Trafford Publishing, p160
  4. 1 2 3 Robert M. Maxon & Thomas P. Ofcansky (2014) Historical Dictionary of Kenya, Rowman & Littlefield, p339