The Right Honourable
Lokan in 2020
|Co-Leader of Progressive Workers Party|
|Assumed office |
30 January 2021
Serving with Model-Eddy
|Secretary of State for Business and Economic Development|
5 November 2020 – 5 December 2020
|Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Pensions and Welfare|
13 October 2020 – 5 November 2020
|Member of Parliament|
for London (List)
6 October 2020 – 5 December 2020
15 May 1992
Pudsey, West Yorkshire
|Political party||Labour |
(October 2020-December 2020)
|Alma mater||University of Hull|
KalvinLokan (born 15 May 1992), commonly known simply as Lokan, is a British Progressive politician serving as one of the party's co-leaders, and who previously has served as the Secretary of State for Business and Economic Development from 5 November 2020 until 5 December 2020, beginning with the formation of Phoenix Coalition. He had previously served as the Shadow Employment, Pensions and Welfare Secretary (13 October 2020 - 5 November 2020) during Labour's stint in opposition. He was formerly the Member of Parliament (MP) for London (List) from 6 October 2020 until 5 December 2020, having replaced the then departing MP sunlightatnight.
He would stand as the Alliance Party candidate for Londonderry in the December 2020 Northern Ireland Assembly election however resigned from the Labour Party on 5 December 2020 before the results were declared and then later on the 6 December established a new political party, the Syndicalist and Allied Trade Unions Party, also known as SATUP which would eventually merge into the Progressive Workers Party.
Lokan is an avowed Syndicalist, having declared as such during in an article made in response to the claim that he had described himself as "not a socialist." He has also espoused a degree of protectionism in trade policy, believing in "focusing" on military equipment being produced in the UK rather than imported from abroad or purchased. Despite these beliefs however, he has claimed he is more a pragmatist than much else, and moderates his views to work together for a compromise rather than taking a hard line ideological stance on many issues.
Lokan participated in the 2020 Welsh Justice Devolution Referendum on the side of the Justice for Wales Campaign. He visited several locations in Wales such as Fishguard and Swansea during the campaigning and making several speeches arguing in favour of devolving the powers to Wales in the aim of delivering a "Union of Equals."
Donations to School Controversy
On the 6 November 2020, questions were raised from a visit Lokan made to his hometown of Pudsey, specifically regarding his donation of £45,000 to the local schools in the area which he claimed to make from his wages. Questions were raised as to how he had the money from several MPs in the Conservative and Libertarian Party though Lokan maintained that the majority came from savings he had made as a result of working since he was 16 despite claims from MPs that he had received donations from external sources.
Remembrance Sunday Controversy
On the 8 November 2020, Lokan drew the ire of several politicians in both the Conservative and Coalition! Party as a result of comments he made regarding Remembrance Sunday. In an article, he stated his belief in the need for the pursuit of peace, and labelled the First World War a pointless one that had seen "wasted lives." This drew ire from several members of other political parties who labelled his views as "Historically Naïve" or even "Insulting" to those who had given their lives in the First World War.
Build them Here Controversy
On 9 November 2020, Lokan released a poster for the Labour Party titled "Build them Here," indicating a belief that military hardware used by the UK Armed Forces should be designed and manufactured inside the United Kingdom. This drew the attention of several Conservative and LPUK MPs who raised questions during MQs to the Defence Secretary scubaguy149 who stated that "Mr Lokan's views are his own and not of my department."
On 22 November 2020, in an article, the modelUK Defence Journal accused Lokan of having broken CCR with his comments along with having released the poster which they suggested went against the views of the Defence Secretary scubaguy149, regarding the procurement and manufacture of weapons, vehicles and equipment for the British Army. With the claim to have broken CCR a serious one, a statement was issued by Lokan on the 23 November 2020 which refuted the accusations and claimed it had been a misunderstanding along with providing conversation had between himself and the Defence Secretary scubaguy194 that cleared up the matter.