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The Scottish National Party has the second largest party membership,  but a smaller number of MPs as it only fields candidates for constituencies in Scotland.
The modern day Conservative Party was founded in and is an outgrowth of the Tory movement or party, which began in The modern Liberal Party had been founded in as an outgrowth of the Whig movement or party which began at the same time as the Tory Party and was its historical rival as well as the Radical and Peelite tendencies.
The Liberal Party was one of the two dominant parties along with the Conservatives from its founding until the s, when it rapidly declined in popularity, and was supplanted on the left by the Labour Party, which was founded in and formed its first minority government in Since that time, the Labour and Conservative parties have been dominant, with the Liberals later Liberal Democrats being the third-largest party until , when they lost 49 of their 57 seats, they now hold 11 seats.
They lost 10 seats in the general election. Currently the Scottish National Party is the third largest party and have been since the General Election when they gained 56 seats.
Founded in , the SNP advocates Scottish independence and has had continuous representation in Parliament since At the most recent general election in , the Conservatives, gained a majority after 2 years of being a minority government.
The Conservative Party won the largest number of seats at the general election, returning MPs, enough for an overall majority, and went on to form the first Conservative majority government since the general election.
The Conservatives won only seats at the general election, but went on to form a confidence and supply deal with the DUP Democratic Unionist Party who got 10 seats in the House of Commons, allowing the Conservative Party to remain in government.
The Conservatives won seats at the general election and had a majority, forming the first majority government since The Court Party soon became known as the Tories , a name that has stuck despite the official name being 'Conservative'.
The term "Tory" originates from the Exclusion Bill crisis of - the Whigs were those who supported the exclusion of the Roman Catholic Duke of York from the thrones of England, Ireland and Scotland, and the Tories were those who opposed it.
The Rochdale Radicals were a group of more extreme reformists who were also heavily involved in the cooperative movement.
They sought to bring about a more equal society, and are considered by modern standards to be left-wing. After becoming associated with repression of popular discontent in the years after , the Tories underwent a fundamental transformation under the influence of Robert Peel , himself an industrialist rather than a landowner, who in his " Tamworth Manifesto " outlined a new "Conservative" philosophy of reforming ills while conserving the good.
Though Peel's supporters subsequently split from their colleagues over the issue of free trade in , ultimately joining the Whigs and the Radicals to form what would become the Liberal Party , Peel's version of the party's underlying outlook was retained by the remaining Tories, who adopted his label of Conservative as the official name of their party.
The Conservatives were in government for eighteen years between —, under the leadership of the first-ever female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher , and former Chancellor of the Exchequer John Major — Their landslide defeat at the general election saw the Conservative Party lose over half their seats gained in , and saw the party re-align with public perceptions of them.
The Conservatives lost all their seats in both Scotland and Wales, and was their worst defeat since The Conservative Party is the only party in the history of the United Kingdom to have been governed by a female Prime Minister.
At one point during his party had a parliamentary minority for a short period after he ejected a large number of party members, of which some were subsequently allowed to return for the General Election.
After the election the Tories returned with a majority government under Johnson. This resulted in the merger between the Conservatives and Joseph Chamberlain's Liberal Unionist Party , composed of former Liberals who opposed Irish home rule.
The unionist tendency is still in evidence today, manifesting sometimes as a scepticism or opposition to devolution, firm support for the continued existence of the United Kingdom in the face of movements advocating independence from the UK, and a historic link with the cultural unionism of Northern Ireland.
The Labour Party won the second-largest number of seats in the House of Commons at the general election, with seats overall, 60 seats less than The history of the Labour Party goes back to , when a Labour Representation Committee was established and changed its name to "The Labour Party" in After the First World War , this led to the demise of the Liberal Party as the main reformist force in British politics.
The existence of the Labour Party on the left-wing of British politics led to a slow waning of energy from the Liberal Party, which has consequently assumed third place in national politics.
After performing poorly at the general elections of , and , the Liberal Party was superseded by the Labour Party as being the party of the left.
Following two brief spells in minority governments in and —, the Labour Party won a landslide victory after World War II at the " khaki election "; winning a majority for the first time ever.
Throughout the rest of the twentieth century, Labour governments alternated with Conservative governments. The Labour Party suffered the "wilderness years" of — three consecutive general election defeats and — four consecutive general election defeats.
During this second period, Margaret Thatcher , who became Leader of the Conservative Party in , made a fundamental change to Conservative policies, turning the Conservative Party into an economically liberal party.
At the general election , she defeated James Callaghan 's Labour government following the Winter of Discontent. For all of the s and most of the s, Conservative governments under Thatcher and her successor John Major pursued policies of privatisation , anti- trade-unionism , and, for a time, monetarism , now known collectively as Thatcherism.
The Labour Party elected left-winger Michael Foot as their leader in , and he responded to dissatisfaction within the Labour Party by pursuing a number of radical policies developed by its grassroots members.
In , several centrist and right-leaning Labour MPs formed a breakaway group called the Social Democratic Party SDP , a move which split Labour and is widely believed to have made the Labour Party unelectable for a decade.
The SDP formed an alliance with the Liberal Party which contested the and general elections as a pro-European, centrist alternative to Labour and the Conservatives.
After some initial success, the SDP did not prosper partly due to its unfavourable distribution of votes by the First-Past-The-Post electoral system , and was accused by some of splitting the Labour vote.
Support for the new party has increased since then, and the Liberal Democrats often referred to as Lib Dems gained an increased number of seats in the House of Commons at both the , and general elections but has lost lots of MPs after.
The Labour Party was defeated in a landslide at the general election , and Michael Foot was replaced shortly thereafter by Neil Kinnock as party leader.
Kinnock progressively expelled members of Militant , a far left group which practised entryism , and moderated many of the party's policies.
Despite these changes, as well as electoral gains and also due to Kinnock's negative media image, Labour was defeated at the and general elections, and he was succeeded by Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer , John Smith.
He continued to move the Labour Party towards the "centre" by loosening links with the unions and continuing many of Margaret Thatcher's neoliberal policies.
This coupled with the professionalising of the party machine's approach to the media, helped Labour win a historic landslide at the general election , after eighteen consecutive years of Conservative rule.
Some observers say the Labour Party had by then morphed from a democratic socialist party to a social democratic party, a process which delivered three general election victories but alienated some of its core base; leading to the formation of the Socialist Labour Party UK.
At the general election , 26 were elected. This was an increase of 50 MPs on the result achieved in The SNP has enjoyed parliamentary representation continuously since After the Scottish parliamentary election, the SNP won enough seats to form a majority government, the first time this had ever happened since devolution was established in Members of the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru work together as a single parliamentary group  following a formal pact signed in This group currently has 51 MPs.
The Liberal Democrats won the fourth largest number of seats at the general election, returning 11 MPs.
The Liberal Democrats were founded in by an amalgamation of the Liberal Party with the Social Democratic Party, but can trace their origin back to the Whigs and the Rochdale Radicals who evolved into the Liberal Party.
The term ' Liberal Party ' was first used officially in , though it had been in use colloquially for decades beforehand.
The Liberal Party formed a government in and then alternated with the Conservative Party as the party of government throughout the late-nineteenth century and early-twentieth century.
The Liberal Democrats are a party with policies on constitutional and political reforms, including changing the voting system for general elections United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum , abolishing the House of Lords and replacing it with a member elected Senate, introducing fixed five-year Parliaments, and introducing a National Register of Lobbyists.
They also support what they see as greater fairness and social mobility. In the coalition government, the party promoted legislation introducing a pupil premium - funding for schools directed at the poorest students to give them an equal chance in life.
Founded in by Ian Paisley , it has grown to become the larger of the two main unionist political parties in Northern Ireland. Plaid Cymru has enjoyed parliamentary representation continuously since and had 4 MPs elected at the general election, though one was suspended.
Following the Welsh Assembly elections, they joined Labour as the junior partner in a coalition government, but have fallen down to the third-largest party in the Assembly after the Assembly elections, and have become an opposition party.
It also has two seats on the London Assembly and over local councillors as of November They campaign mainly on issues such as reducing immigration and EU withdrawal.
As of they have no MPs. The Respect party, a left-wing group that came out of the anti-war movement had a single MP, George Galloway from —, and again between — There are usually a small number of Independent politicians in parliament with no party allegiance.
In modern times, this has usually occurred when a sitting member leaves their party, and some such MPs have been re-elected as independents. There are currently 3 MPs sitting as Independents.
Since , only two new members have been elected as independents without having ever stood for a major party:. Other UK political parties exist, but generally threaten, rather than succeed in returning regular MPs to Parliament.
In May the party lost its last elected representative a local councillor. The Libertarian Party was founded in and has contested several local elections and parliamentary constituencies.
It has no elected representatives at any level of governance. The English Democrats was founded in and advocates England having its own parliament.
The party's candidate was elected mayor of Doncaster in , before resigning from the party in February The Pirate Party UK existed from to Several local parties contest only within a specific area, a single county, borough or district.
The most notable local party is Health Concern , which controlled a single seat in the UK Parliament from to The Jury Team , launched in March and described as a "non-party party", is an umbrella organisation seeking to increase the number of independent MPs.
The OMRLP are distinguished by having a deliberately bizarre manifesto , which contains things that seem to be impossible or too absurd to implement — usually to highlight what they see as real-life absurdities.
It is effectively regarded as a satirical political party. After winning the largest number of seats and votes in the general election, the Conservatives under David Cameron, remained ahead of the Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn since September The SNP maintained its position in Scotland, the party was just short of an overall majority at the Scottish parliamentary elections in May However, a turbulent referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union, called for by David Cameron, led to his resignation, the appointment of a new prime minister Theresa May, and divided opinion on Europe amongst the party.
In addition, the EU referendum campaign plunged the Labour Party into crisis and resulted in a motion of no confidence in the party leader Jeremy Corbyn being passed by the party's MPs in a vote,  which followed a significant number of resignations from the Shadow Cabinet.
This was won by Jeremy Corbyn with an increased majority. Following the vote to leave the European Union, Nigel Farage offered his own resignation as leader, something he had campaigned for since A leadership contest also took place in the Green Party, which led to the joint election on 2 September of Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas as co-leaders, who took over the role in a job-share arrangement.
Strategic cross-party alliances have been initiated, including a " progressive alliance " and a "Patriotic Alliance",   as proposed by UKIP donor Aaron Banks.
In , the prime minister, Theresa May, called a general election. She hoped to increase the conservative majority to diffuse party opposition to her deal to leave the EU.
In the election, the conservatives lost seats and the Labour party, under Jeremy Corbyn, gained 30 seats.
This led to a minority conservative government supported by the DUP. In July , Boris Johnson won the leadership of the conservative party following the resignation of May.
He became the prime minister by default. The government stated that it was nothing to do with Brexit and that there would still be "ample time" for debate before Brexit happens.
Others argued that it facilitated the Brexit negotiations by forcing the EU to modify the current proposed deal. The move is unprecented in UK politics and caused debate in the media, an attempt to stop it in the Scottish Court of Session , an attempt by ex-prime minister John Major and others to stop it in the English High Court and in the High Court in Northern Ireland.
The case was appealed to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. On 24 September, it ruled unanimously that the prorogation was both justiciable and unlawful.
The prorogation was quashed and deemed "null and of no [legal] effect". Parliament resumed the next day.
On the return of parliament the government lost its majority when Conservative MP Phillip Lee crossed the floor of the house to join the Liberal Democrats.
The government of Boris Johnson then lost a vote, to , giving control of the agenda of the house to the MPs, removing the control the government had over the introduction of new laws.
This included long-standing members of the party. In the December general election , the Conservative Party , led by Boris Johnson , won a large overall majority.
Jeremy Corbyn resigned as leader of the Labour Party. Jo Swinson resigned as Lib Dem leader after losing her own seat. On 20 December , the Brexit withdrawal agreement was passed.
GMT and entered a transition period, set to finish on 31 December In January , the Labour Party began the process of electing a new leader.
According to The Washington Post :. All political parties have membership schemes that allow members of the public to actively influence the policy and direction of the party to varying degrees, though particularly at a local level.
The table below details the membership numbers of political parties that have more than 5, members. The UK is divided into a variety of different types of Local Authorities , with different functions and responsibilities.
England has a mix of two-tier and single-tier councils in different parts of the country. In Greater London , a unique two-tier system exists, with power shared between the London borough councils, and the Greater London Authority which is headed by an elected mayor.
The UK's membership in the Union has been a major topic of debate over the years and has been objected to over questions of sovereignty,  and in recent years there have been divisions in both major parties over whether the UK should form greater ties within the EU, or reduce the EU's supranational powers.
Opponents of greater European integration are known as " Eurosceptics ", while supporters are known as "Europhiles".
Division over Europe is prevalent in both major parties, although the Conservative Party is seen as most divided over the issue, both whilst in Government up to and after , and between those dates as the opposition.
However, the Labour Party is also divided, with conflicting views over UK adoption of the euro whilst in Government — British nationalists have long campaigned against European integration.
In March , Parliament decided to not hold a referendum on the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon , signed in December After the referendum, it was debated as to how and when the UK should leave the EU.
On 11 July , the Cabinet Office Minister, John Penrose failed to deliver a final answer on whether it would be at the disposal of the Prime Minister and one of the Secretaries of State , through the royal prerogative , or of Parliament , through primary legislation.
In October the Conservative Prime Minister , Theresa May , announced that Article 50 would be invoked by "the first quarter of ".
Consequently, the European Union Notification of Withdrawal Act empowering the prime minister to invoke Article 50 was passed and enacted by royal assent in March This led to a change of prime minister who promised to leave the EU on this date either with a revised deal or with no-deal.
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