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UK Independence Party

The UK Independence Party, commonly known as UKIP, is a right wing political party in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1993 by members of the Anti-Federalist League with the primary objective of securing the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the...  European Union. The party describes itself as a "patriotic" and "democratic, libertarian party" and is widely regarded as Eurosceptic and right-wing populist.The party is led by Nigel Farage, with deputy leader Paul Nuttall. UKIP has two Members of Parliament, three representatives in the House of Lords and twenty-four Members of the European Parliament, making it the largest UK party in the European Parliament. In October 2014, UKIP reported a membership of over 40,000.The party made its first significant breakthroughs in the 2013 local elections, when it came fourth in the number of council seats won and third in nationwide vote share, and in the 2014 European elections when UKIP received the most votes, the first time for over a century that a party other than Labour or the Conservatives has won a United Kingdom wide election   more
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Conservative Party

The Conservative Party, colloquially referred to as the Tory Party or the Tories, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom. It espouses the philosophies of conservatism and British unionism. After merging with the Liberal Unionist Par... ty in 1912, it changed its official name to the Conservative and Unionist Party, which is now only used for legal purposes, using Conservatives as their everyday name. As of 2013 it is the largest single party in the House of Commons with 303 MPs, governing in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, with David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, as Prime Minister. It is the largest party in local government with 8,296 councillors.The Conservative Party was founded in 1834, and was one of two dominant parties in the 19th century, along with the Liberal Party.In the 1920s, the Liberal vote greatly diminished and the Labour Party became the Conservatives' main rivals. Conservative prime ministers led governments for 57 years of the 20th century, including Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher   more
4 votes

Labour Party

The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom. It grew out of the trade union movement and socialist political parties of the nineteenth century and has been described as a broad church; the party contains a diversity of id... eological trends from strongly socialist, to more moderately social democratic.Founded in 1900, the Labour Party overtook the Liberal Party in general elections during the early 1920s and formed minority governments under Ramsay MacDonald in 1924 and 1929–31. The party was in a wartime coalition from 1940 to 1945, after which it formed a majority government under Clement Attlee. Labour was also in government from 1964 to 1970 under Harold Wilson and from 1974 to 1979, first under Wilson and then James Callaghan.The Labour Party was last in national government between 1997 and 2010 under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, beginning with a landslide majority of 179, reduced to 167 in 2001 and 66 in 2005. Having won 258 seats in the 2010 general election, the party currently forms the Official Opposition in the Parliament of the United Kingdom   more
2 votes

Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats, formerly The Social and Liberal Democrats and The Democrats, are a social-liberal political party in the United Kingdom. Its leader Nick Clegg claims the party is of the radical centre, though its membership is on the centre l... eft. It is the third-largest party in the UK in both number of seats in the House of Commons and number of councillors.The party was formed in 1988 by a merger of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party. The two parties had formed the electoral SDP–Liberal Alliance for seven years prior. The Liberals had been in existence for 129 years and in power under leaders such as Gladstone, Asquith and Lloyd George. During these times in government, the Liberals are credited with the Liberal Reforms, which saw the creation of the welfare state. In the 1920s, the Labour Party replaced the Liberals as the largest opponent of the Conservative Party.Nick Clegg was elected leader in 2007. At the 2010 general election, the Liberal Democrats won 57 seats with 23% of the vote, making them the third-largest party in the House of Commons behind the Conservatives with 307 and Labour with 258   more
1 vote

Green Party of England and Wales

The Green Party of England and Wales is a political party in England and Wales. It is the largest Green party in the United Kingdom and contains various regional divisions, including the semi-autonomous Wales Green Party. The party has one Member of...  Parliament in the House of Commons, Caroline Lucas, who represents the constituency of Brighton Pavilion. Lucas was the party's first leader, serving from 2008 until 2012, when she was succeeded by Natalie Bennett. The Green Party also has one life peer, three MEPs in the European Parliament, two members of the London Assembly, and a small number of councillors in various local councils in England and Wales.The Green Party of England and Wales was created in 1990 when the former Green Party split into separate parties for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England and Wales. The party is affiliated to the Global Greens and the European Green Party. While associated mainly with environmentalist policies, it has a history of support for communitarian economic policies, including well-funded, locally controlled public services within the confines of a steady-state economy and is supportive of proportional representation   more
1 vote

Scottish Green Party

The Scottish Green Party is a green party in Scotland. It has two MSPs in the devolved Scottish Parliament: Alison Johnstone, representing Lothian; and Patrick Harvie, representing Glasgow, alongside fourteen councillors.It is the only party other t... han the Scottish National Party to both support Scottish independence and have representation in Scottish Parliament. Party membership increased dramatically following the Scottish Independence Referendum. The Scottish Green Party has now become the fourth biggest party in Scotland pushing the Scottish Lib Dems into fifth position. On the 11th October 2014, the independent MSP John Finnie representing the Highlands and Islands joined the party, although stated that he would continue to sit as an independent in the Scottish Parliament for the remainder of the session   more
0 votes

British National Party

The British National Party is a far-right political party in the United Kingdom. The party was formed by John Tyndall in 1982 from the merging of several political parties, and from 1999 to 2014 was led by Nick Griffin. It advocates "voluntary reset... tlement whereby immigrants and their descendants are afforded the opportunity to return to their lands of ethnic origin." In July 2014, Griffin stepped down as chairman and was replaced with an acting chairman, Adam Walker, a BNP activist from Spennymoor, England, and a former teacher who was banned from the profession for life.As well as anti-immigration policies, the party advocates the reintroduction of capital punishment and opposes same-sex marriage, multiculturalism and what it perceives as the Islamification of the UK.The party's ideology has been described as fascist or neo-fascist by political scientists and commentators, though the party denies this. High-profile groups and people including The Royal British Legion and David Cameron have criticised the BNP, and BNP membership is prohibited for people of certain occupations   more
0 votes

Scottish National Party

The Scottish National Party is a Scottish nationalist and social-democratic political party in Scotland. The SNP supports and campaigns for Scottish independence. It is the third largest political party by membership in the United Kingdom, behind th... e Conservative Party and the Labour Party.The SNP was founded in 1934, with the merger of the National Party of Scotland and the Scottish Party. The party has had continuous parliamentary representation since Winnie Ewing won the 1967 Hamilton by-election.As of 2014, the SNP is the largest political party in Scotland in terms of membership, MSPs and local councillors, with over 92,000 members, 65 MSPs and 424 councillors, comprising in total 1.6% of the Scottish gross population. The SNP also currently holds 6 of 59 Scottish seats in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. The party has 2 MEPs in the European Parliament, who sit in The Greens/European Free Alliance group. The SNP is a member of the European Free Alliance.With the creation of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, the SNP became the second largest party, serving two terms as the opposition   more
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Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru is a political party in Wales advocating an independent Wales within the European Union.Plaid Cymru was formed in 1925 and won its first seat in 1966. Plaid Cymru by 2012 had 1 of 4 Welsh seats in the European Parliament, 3 of 40 Welsh s... eats in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, 11 of 60 seats in the National Assembly for Wales, and 206 of 1,264 principal local authority councillors. Plaid is a member of the European Free Alliance   more
0 votes

Democratic Unionist Party

The Democratic Unionist Party is the larger of the two main unionist political parties in Northern Ireland. Founded by Ian Paisley and now led by Peter Robinson, it is the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly and the fourth-largest party i... n the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.The DUP has strong links to Protestant churches, particularly the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, the church Paisley founded. However, this influence has reduced under the Robinson leadership in an attempt to reach out to non-Protestants.Following on from the St Andrews Agreement in October 2006, the DUP agreed with the Irish republican party Sinn Féin to enter into power-sharing devolved government in Northern Ireland. In the aftermath of the agreement there were reports of divisions within the DUP. Many of its leading members, including Members of Parliament Nigel Dodds, David Simpson and Gregory Campbell, were claimed to be in opposition to Paisley. All the party's MPs fully signed up to the manifesto for the 2007 Assembly elections, supporting power-sharing in principle   more
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Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin is an Irish republican political party active in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The name is Irish for "ourselves" or "we ourselves", although it is frequently mistranslated as "ourselves alone". Originating in the Sinn ... Féin organisation founded in 1905 by Arthur Griffith, it took its current form in 1970 after a split within the party, and has been associated with the Provisional Irish Republican Army. Gerry Adams has been party president since 1983.Sinn Féin is currently the second-largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly, where it has four ministerial posts in the power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive, and the fourth-largest party in the Oireachtas, the parliament of the Republic. Sinn Féin also received a plurality of Northern Ireland votes in the 2010 United Kingdom general election, although the Democratic Unionist Party won more seats   more
0 votes

Respect Party

The Respect Party is a left-wing political party in the United Kingdom founded in 2004. A socialist party, its name is a contrived acronym standing for Respect, Equality, Socialism, Peace, Environmentalism, Community, and Trade Unionism. The Respect...  Party was established in London in January 2004; it grew out of the Stop the War Coalition, opposing the Iraq War.The Respect Party's highest profile figure and leader is George Galloway, MP for Bradford West, while its National Secretary is Chris Chilvers   more
0 votes

Social Democratic and Labour Party

The Social Democratic and Labour Party is a social-democratic political party in Northern Ireland.The SDLP has fraternal links with other European social-democratic parties, including the Irish Labour Party and British Labour Party, and is affiliate... d to the Socialist International and Party of European Socialists. The SDLP is also an Irish nationalist party. Its basic party platform advocates Irish unification, and the further devolution of powers while Northern Ireland remains part of the United Kingdom. During the Troubles, the SDLP was the most popular Irish nationalist party in Northern Ireland, but since the Provisional IRA ceasefire in 1994 it has lost ground to the left-wing republican party Sinn Féin, which in 2001 became the more popular of the two parties for the first time. Established during the Troubles, a significant difference between the two parties was the SDLP's rejection of violence, in contrast to Sinn Féin's support for the Provisional IRA and physical force republicanism.The SDLP currently has three MPs in the House of Commons, and 14 MLAs in the Northern Ireland Assembly   more
0 votes

Scottish Socialist Party

The Scottish Socialist Party is a left-wing political party campaigning for the establishment of an independent socialist Scotland. It operates through a local branch structure and publishes Scotland's longest-running socialist newspaper, the Scotti... sh Socialist Voice. It is the largest and most successful socialist party in modern Scotland; at the height of its electoral success, the party had six Members of the Scottish Parliament and two councillors.The party was founded in 1998 and has been heavily involved in campaigns for Scottish independence, against cuts to public services and welfare, and for democratic public ownership of the economy. In recent years, it has fought the austerity programme of the UK government, and called for immediate action to mitigate fuel poverty caused by soaring fuel prices.The Scottish Socialist Party was one of three parties in Yes Scotland, the cross-party campaign for Scottish independence in the 2014 referendum, and the party's national co-spokesperson Colin Fox sat on the campaign's Advisory Board   more
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Ulster Unionist Party

The Ulster Unionist Party – sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or, in a historic sense, simply the Unionist Party – is the older of the two main unionist political parties in Northern Ireland. Before the split in unionism in the la... te 1960s, when the former Protestant Unionist Party began to attract more hardline support away from the UUP, it governed Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972 as the sole major unionist party. It continued to be supported by most unionist voters throughout the period known as the Troubles.The UUP has lost support among Northern Ireland's unionist and Protestant community to the Democratic Unionist Party in successive elections at all levels of government since 1999. The party is currently led by Mike Nesbitt.In 2009 the party agreed to an electoral alliance with the Conservative Party and the two parties fielded joint candidates for elections to the House of Commons and the European Parliament under the banner of "Ulster Conservatives and Unionists – New Force". Literature and the website for the 2009 European Parliament election used "Conservatives and Unionists" as the short name   more
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Heraclitus says2015-04-08T14:00:16.9688963-05:00
@WillRiley- You may have been confused about Sinn Fein. It says republican but that means it wants the Northern Ireland to join the Irish republics. So you may have thought it would be a respectable right wing party but actually they are very left wing. The DUP are there right wing unionist oppostition. Good choice with UKIP though
Heraclitus says2015-04-08T14:01:19.4612945-05:00
They are also associated with terrorists so I wouldn't go with them!
SwizzardWizard says2015-04-08T14:16:11.4624741-05:00
'Glad UKIP are in debates instead of Greens. We no longer need a party trying to save the world, we need one to make us glad that it's ending'- Frankie Boyle
Heraclitus says2015-04-08T14:33:57.9880298-05:00
The world will stop ending when we leave the Nazi EU.
Heraclitus says2015-04-08T14:34:49.9197971-05:00
Greens are just lunatics who want no immigration control and the evil philosphy of socialism
SwizzardWizard says2015-04-08T14:38:12.0447440-05:00
EU is like the opposite of Nazi's. Greens will have immigration control but not on the extremes like UKIP, BNP and North Korea. Evil socialism, sounds like Nazi's.
SwizzardWizard says2015-04-08T14:38:58.7705847-05:00
The world will probably end sooner if we leave the EU. Especially under UKIP's control.
CannedBread says2015-04-08T16:33:09.8734158-05:00
Remember when they were the most powerful country in the world.
Heraclitus says2015-04-08T17:12:35.0825401-05:00
I am sorry but the EU is proof that Hitler and the Germans won WWII. This was his goal and really only Germany benefits of the EU under that witch of a chancellor. Greens do want no immigration control. Learn about the party you support. Under the EU we cannot control our. Learn your facts about immigration and you will realise that UKIP is the only party fit to control immigration. By the way I am definitely not in support of the BNP. They are foolish racists. UKIP want to control immigration because of economic advantages not because they are racists like the Nazi BNP. Believe in Britain.
SwizzardWizard says2015-04-09T12:14:51.3632088-05:00
Hitler wanted to take over Europe, the EU works together. The main reason I want to be part of the EU is because then I can travel freely around Europe.
SwizzardWizard says2015-04-09T12:15:37.4648906-05:00
Thousands of people will also lose their jobs and we will lose trade with European countries.
Heraclitus says2015-04-09T12:26:17.5796114-05:00
No the EU takes away people's jobs by over regulating the economy. In the EU only Germany benefits. We are basically being to,d what to do by a bunch of bureaucrats from across the sea. We are basically a co,ony in an empire. Hitler's very dream.
SwizzardWizard says2015-04-09T13:25:57.1479729-05:00
I'd like to be able to travel freely around Europe. Will I be able to under UKIP's control? I know Norway aren't part of the EU and they can still travel freely.

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