The League of Polish Families (Liga Polskich Rodzin, LPR)

The party was founded shortly before the 2001 election and emerged as the sixth party in the Sejm having gained 7.9% of the vote. Although the grouping represented itself as a regular political party, the League was registered only four months prior to the election as a formation of various national, right-populist and ultra-catholic groups: Catholic-National Movement, Polish Agreement and National Party. The formation was led by Maciej and Roman Gietrych. Thanks to cooperation with the ultra-national broadcaster Radio Maryja, the League was able to successfully reach out and speak to a radical nationalist, religious rightwing electorate that recruited from the previous right-national Solidarity formations. On foreign policy issues the party rejected Poland's membership of the EU. Due to this being a non-achievable goal, the party evolved this demand into the need for renegotiating the conditions of Polish membership of the EU. Naturally, the party opposed the adopting of the Lisbon Treaty. The League also has a very negative attitude towards Germany and Russia.  The EU is understood as an effective German tool in its effort to exert control over Poland. The party was also opposed to the negotiations on the possible location of the American rocket defence system.

  2006 2009 2010 2014
Election gains
Votes 4.74 % 1.1 % 0 % 0.28 %
Seats 11 0 0 0

Election manifesto 2005

The manifesto strongly emphasizes Polish national interests and the need to protect national identity and state sovereignty. This national focus is evident across all policy dimensions. The issues of identity are supplemented by an emphasis on the Catholic Church and its role in society. The basis of the party's economic policy is the call for self-sufficiency – in agriculture, industrial and human sources, the natural conditions of the country and the politically self-sufficient and Europe-independent policy direction. The important dimension of national identity is the morality of the society. Moral grounds are based on Christian principles – the traditional value principle. This emphasis should bring about a strong and independent nation. The support for the national culture positively affects the moral and ethical development of Poland. This must be the basic step in reclaiming the traditional morality and prosperity of the Polish nation. All activities of the bureaucracy should bring benefits to the Polish state. This premise must be also used in foreign policy. Thanks to this emphasis the Polish nation can avoid the negative influence of globalization and the liberalized free market. The transformation of the Polish economy was too liberal and the stated offered to transnational companies the possibility to “steal Poland”. The EU is a negative example of international cooperation; therefore Poland must leave the EU. If this is not possible, the government must renegotiate the membership conditions under the equality principle. The League puts emphasis on cooperation with Polish citizens living abroad, including in the EU. Anti-globalization tendencies are an important part of the manifesto. Transnational companies ought to pay higher taxes and must be faced with more strict conditions on their business.

Election manifesto 2007

The 2007 early election was a negative moment for the party because of the deep loss of votes and the threat of marginalization. During the government period, the ideology of the party had developed in a more pragmatic fashion, though fundamentally it had remained unchanged. The strong emphasis on nation and national identity is fulfilled by the accent on family values, regional development and agriculture and general dissatisfaction with the fragmentation of society. The party is the only party to promote a pure national policy with respect to the Catholic Church. The European policy is based on rejecting the Lisbon Treaty, the common Euro currency and strengthening the position of the Polish language. The manifesto contains just four political points and is no longer than one page.The success of the League of the Polish families is caused by using a sophisticated policy which has a mixed focus on national identity and (miss-)using the Catholic Church. Although the policies of the party are very heterogeneous and internal cohesion is low, the national and religious goal is very strong.