Which Party Will be the Kingmaker after the May 7th UK Elections?

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Which Party Will be the one that benefits most from its position to make or break a coalition after the May 7th UK Elections?

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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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PetersSmith says2015-04-20T14:06:25.4755692-05:00
British National Party
CyberConor says2015-04-20T17:02:03.1582863-05:00
'Murica.

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