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Since the individual articles on political parties in the UK are a bit inconsistent - some lengthy and good - others short and just slagging off the party, I felt it was high time to have a summary of them. I'll be fiddling with this for a while, and adding the five(?) northern irish parties tonight... and i'll add a new main section for parties who aren't represented in parliament, the european parliament or any local assembly. That way, parties like the Liberal Party and stuff can go in at the bottom, in a section for parties who are only on councils. It ISN'T very snarky at the moment, it's just a nice plain overview of the parties. We can add that over time, but my main reason for this article was that some of the political party pages are a bit more snark than substance. Hope you like! DalekEXTERMINATE 20:44, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I don't see why we should have substance at all. We're not an encyclopedia. I propose we make this into a fork page and add suitable commentary/snark/hatchet jobs to the individual articles. Totnesmartin (talk) 22:42, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
"I don't see why we should have substance at all." Oh, come on. Admittedly, a list of political parties in a country with their respective policies, failings and notable people is not directly on mission. However, it is certainly of general interest to anybody who's reading about British politics; and I think that's a significant enough proportion of our target audience to be worth creating content for. In the context of authoritarianism, fundamentalist, pro-science, anti-science, socialist, conservative, liberal, etc, etc... very little will offer a better view of the political landscape than seeing who the main players are, and what they stand for. I don't see the benefit of this becoming a fork page at all... it has the navbox at the bottom, which can be used once someone is on a party's page anyway. Snark can be added, and this is mostly snark + commentary, it is in no way encyclopaedic. I think it's a good resource, or at least the outline for a good resource. DalekEXTERMINATE 23:55, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Is there any reason the Northern Irish parties were never actually added? Just asking before I do anything myself. --Danfly (talk) 12:23, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
I think we were all leaving it for someone else to do. Real first name and last initialTalk, talk, talk skim my contributions 12:34, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
There you go. Now to put in one last little tidbit about the Alliance Party I think. --Danfly (talk) 13:19, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
I think its appropriate for NI to come after Wales, since that is the usual order. Simply replace my text with what you have for SF and the DUP and it should work out nicely. I'm not going to edit in case the same thing happens again--Danfly (talk) 14:01, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
Okay, it's been half an hour now. Guess it's up to me after all. --Danfly (talk) 14:51, 28 June 2011 (UTC)


The summary for BNP says they have one Euro MP, but the content says they have two. Two were elected, but has one been expelled, or should it be two? Jgharston (talk) 22:33, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

Additional references[edit]

should be made to the Monster Raving Loonies and Bill Boaks. (talk) 18:04, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

I'm constantly looking for ways to work Bill Boaks references into RW. The trouble is he doesn't really fit the mission. There needs to be InterestingWiki for stuff like that. SophieWilderModerator 23:56, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

'Category of persons of non-standard, offbeat and eccentric political views' - and who occasionally are involved in useful things (as BB was). To be distinguished from those who think CP is for sissies, all persons not of their persuasion are doomed and others who fall under Poe's Law. (talk) 18:16, 13 November 2013 (UTC)


Rolled back the edits making UKIP the third largest party. The only way that is true is based on the popular vote, which doesn't really count for anything under the current system. Going by MPs, the SNP are by far the third largest party. — Unsigned, by: Worm / talk / contribs (signed by bot) 12:49, 09 May 2015 (UTC)

Brexit Party coverage needed[edit]

Can some UKoGB&NI-ite add Brexit Party coverage? This is outside the scope of my expertise but seems quite necessary now they have MEPs and most former UKIP support has gone their way. CogitoNotStirred (via telepathy) (talk) 14:49, 16 September 2019 (UTC)

Change UK[edit]

Are they really a "major" party with only 5 MPs? (talk) 17:31, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

Yeah it can probably be moved down to the 'Minor Parties' section. But what of the Brexit Party? They have 0 MPs but 29 MEPs. --RWRW (talk) 18:10, 2 October 2019 (UTC)
I'm going to go ahead and move the Brexit Party and Change UK down to the 'minor parties' section. Given that UKIP now have 0 MPs and MEPs, a handful of councillors and infamously got less votes than the Monster Raving Loony Party at the last by election, I think there's justification to move them down to the 'really minor parties' section. --RWRW (talk) 15:07, 6 October 2019 (UTC)