Standing for Change


Elected political parties always seem to be at their best when they are centrist in their policies. Unfortunately, when they shift to the left or right, their centrist members are left in a vacuum. The Centrist Party overcomes this with a consistent methodology for decision making.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about becoming a member or a candidate in local and national elections.

Party leader David Barker believes he can't ask others to stand if he is not willing to do so himself.

Therefore, in March 2017 he stood as a councillor in the City of London, Portsoken Ward. Then in June he stood as a Centrist Independent MP in Poplar and Limehouse, Tower Hamlets – where the child poverty rate is the third highest in the UK.

These were some of his pledges:

Child Poverty

Child Poverty in Tower Hamlets is the 3rd highest in the UK and yet the child poverty unit was abolished in 2016 by the government!

My Pledge

I will work hard to re-establish the Child Poverty Unit, ensure it is properly funded so we can work on truly eradicating child poverty in our communities.


Schools are suffering budget cuts with teachers being made redundant or being asked to teach subjects not core to their training.

My Pledge

I will work hard to ensure we have a correctly funded education system that truly increases the life chances of our children.


As a child, my parents needed child benefit and government support to survive – just like many families in Poplar & Limehouse and across the UK.

My Pledge

I will work hard to end the freeze on Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit and reinstate link between annual increases in benefit levels and inflation.


Anti-social behaviour has increased rapidly across Tower Hamlets in the last 12 months. In the same period, 24 youth centres have closed down in Poplar & Limehouse – Leaving just 8!

My Pledge

I will work hard to secure the facilities, programmes and funding needed to empower our youth to be active members of their community and contributing to society.


Brexit has divided our nation, and after speaking with residents on the doorstep many are unsure about who to vote for whilst others are making protest votes.

My Pledge

With the major parties moving to the left and right, I am standing as a centrist independent MP candidate who will ensure a voice of effective opposition when required, and able to support and develop good ideas too. I will work hard to represent the needs of Poplar & Limehouse in Parliament.

Working Together

I will work hard to represent your interests. As part of this I will hold weekly surgeries so we can meet and work together for a better Poplar & Limehouse for all!

About the
Centrist Party

David Barker is the current party leader with his wife Sofia Barker the Nominations Officer. We look forward to welcoming new members to the party as well as supporting candidates who wish to stand for local and national elections.

David was one of the UK’s first internet entrepreneurs in 1994.
In 2004 he exited to focus on projects that benefit society, including:

Project Director for Placer

Helping every student in education receive quality work experience.
Trustee of Livery Schools Link

Helping to prepare young people in schools for the world of work.
Board member of Aldgate Community Events

Producing a diverse range of arts and cultural events, programmes and activities in and around Aldgate.

Sofia currently works as a secondary school science teacher with a passion to see children set free to prosper.


David’s book ‘#eSociety: In the Digital Age, No One Should Be Left Behind’, part-autobiography and part-manifesto, serialises his journey and has already received 19 Amazon reader reviews for how people have responded to his story.

“I met David recently. I was immediately impressed by his steely determination to tackle the injustices he sees in society and willingness to make the world a better place.”

– Darryl Howes

“The passion for development, justice and young people seen in his story is amazing and can serve as a hope for many of us.”

– Amal Shakeel

Contact Us

Thank you for taking the time to view our website. Please do get in touch if you would like to know more about The Centrist Party and how you can get involved.