Who will you vote for in the UK general elections?

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UK Independence Party

The UK Independence Party is a Eurosceptic right-wing populist political party in the United Kingdom, founded in 1993. The party describes itself in its constitution as a "democratic, libertarian party" and, as of May 2014, is reported to have a mem... bership of over 38,000.In September 2013, UKIP held 9 of the UK's 73 seats in the European Parliament, had three members in the House of Lords and held one seat in the Northern Ireland Assembly, though it has never won a seat in the House of Commons. The UKIP performance in the 2013 local elections was the "biggest surge for a fourth party" in British politics since the Second World War, coming fourth in the number of council seats won and third in nationwide vote share.Nigel Farage is the leader of UKIP after being re-elected on 5 November 2010, having previously been leader from 2006 to 2009. Farage is a founding member of the party and has been a UKIP Member of the European Parliament since 1999   more
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Conservative Party

The Conservative Party, officially the Conservative and Unionist Party and colloquially referred to as the Tory Party or the Tories, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom that states that it espouses the philosophies of conservatis... m and British unionism. 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 8,534 councillors.The Conservative Party was founded in 1834, and was one of two dominant parties in the 19th century, along with the Liberal Party. It changed its name to the Conservative and Unionist Party in 1912 after merging with the Liberal Unionist Party, although that name is rarely used and it is generally referred to as simply the Conservative 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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Green Party

The Green Party is a political party in Sweden based upon green politics. The party was founded in 1981, emerging out of a sense of discontent with the existing parties' environmental policies, and sparked by the anti-nuclear power movement followin... g the 1980 nuclear power referendum. The party's breakthrough would come in the 1988 general election when they won seats in the Swedish Riksdag for the first time, capturing 5.5 percent of the vote, and becoming the first new party to enter parliament in seventy years. Three years later, they dropped back below the 4 percent threshold, but returned to parliament again in 1994, and since have retained representation there. In the most recent parliamentary election in 2010, the Greens received 7.34 percent of the vote, making the party the third largest in parliament.The party is represented nationally by two spokespeople, always one man and one woman. These roles are currently held by Gustav Fridolin and Åsa Romson   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; containing a diversity of ideologica... l 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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Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats are a social-liberal political party in the United Kingdom.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 y... ears 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. No party having an overall majority, the Liberal Democrats joined a coalition government with the Conservatives, with Clegg becoming Deputy Prime Minister and other Liberal Democrats taking up ministerial positions   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 ... seats 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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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 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 organi... sation 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 IRA. 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 of Ireland. In the 2009 European Parliament election the Sinn Féin candidate in Northern Ireland, Bairbre de Brún, topped the poll, a first for the party in any Northern Ireland election. 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. It is the third biggest political party on the island of Ireland when both the 2011 general election in the Republic of Ireland and the 2011 Assembly election in Northern Ireland are taken into account, with a popular vote of 398,915   more
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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
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Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland is a political party in Northern Ireland. It is Northern Ireland's fifth-largest party overall, with eight seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly and one in the House of Commons.Founded in 1970 from the New Uls... ter Movement, the Alliance Party originally represented moderate and non-sectarian Unionism. However, over time, particularly in the 1990s, it moved towards neutrality on the Union, and has come to represent wider liberal and non-sectarian concerns. It opposes consociational power sharing as deepening the sectarian divide, and, in the Northern Ireland Assembly, it is designated as neither unionist nor nationalist, but 'Other'.In May 2010 the Alliance Party won their first Westminster seat in a General Election, in Belfast East, unseating Peter Robinson, leader of the DUP and First Minister of Northern Ireland. Naomi Long, the successful candidate, is the first MP from the Alliance Party since Stratton Mills who had joined the party from the Ulster Unionist Party in 1973   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 within it 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 after winning her seat in the 2010 general election. 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, two MEPs in the European Parliament, two members of the London Assembly, and 140 councillors in various local councils across England and Wales.The Green Party of England and Wales was created in 1990 when the former UK Green Party devolved into separate parties for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England and Wales. It has friendly relations with its Scottish and Northern Irish counterparts, and is affiliated with the Global Greens and the European Green Party   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. The party held its European seat but lost all its Westminster seats when their sole MP left the party in protest at the alliance and ran as an Independent   more
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British National Party

The British National Party was a far right political party that operated in the United Kingdom from 1960 to 1967. Led by John Bean the group, which was subject to internal divisions during its brief history, established some areas of local support b... efore helping to form the National Front in 1967   more
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Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee)

The Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee) is a political group which publishes the Weekly Worker newspaper. The party favours the creation of a unified "Communist Party of the European Union". In addition it is in favour o... f the unification of the existing Marxist left in the United Kingdom, to be achieved through a political struggle against what it claims are its present deficiencies. It is not to be confused with the now-defunct Communist Party of Great Britain or the Communist Party of Britain   more
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Socialist Workers Party

The Socialist Workers Party is a far-left party in Britain. Founded as the Socialist Review Group by supporters of Tony Cliff in 1950, it became the International Socialists in 1962 and the SWP in 1977. The party considers itself to be Trotskyist, a... nd Cliff and his followers criticized the former USSR, and its satellites, calling them "state capitalist", rather than socialist countries.Over the decades, the SWP has used a number of 'fronts', such as the Anti-Nazi League in the late 1970s and from 2001, the Stop the War Coalition. It also formed an alliance with George Galloway and Respect; this alignment's eventual dissolution in 2007 caused an internal crisis in the SWP, as did rape allegations against a leading member of the party which emerged publicly at the beginning of 2013.On the international level, the SWP is part of the International Socialist Tendency   more
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Traditional Unionist Voice

Traditional Unionist Voice is a unionist political party in Northern Ireland founded on 7 December 2007, as an anti-St Andrews Agreement splinter group from the Democratic Unionist Party. Its first and current leader is Jim Allister who, until 2009,...  sat as an independent Member of the European Parliament, having been elected for the DUP in 2004. In the 2009 European elections Allister lost his seat when he stood as a TUV candidate. In June 2008, it was announced that former Ulster Unionist Party MP William Ross had been made party president.The founding principles of the TUV were:retention of the Union between Northern Ireland and Great Britaincommitment to a form of devolution that rejects mandatory coalitionthat the rule of law must prevail in every part of Northern Ireland and be administered without fear or favoursupport for socially conservative value   more
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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   more
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laurie1 says2014-05-29T07:02:45.1773832-05:00
By the way, the auto description said that the green party is based in Sweden. This must be referring to another party, but the green party here is the one that stands in the UK general elections.
Zylorarchy says2014-05-29T07:06:48.2998833-05:00
Discomfiting: Agreed.

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