Friday, July 29, 2011

Political parties in the United Kingdom

The Parliament of the United Kingdom consists of the Sovereign and the House of Lords, and the House of Commons. Both Houses meet in the Palace of Westminster.

The House of Commons is a democratically elected body comprised of 650 members (since 2010.) These 650 seats are filled by the following political parties:

1. Conservative and Unionist Party (referred to simply as the Conservative Party): 306 seats
2. labour Party: 258 seats
3. Liberal Democrats: 57 seats
4. Democratic Unionist Party: 8 seats
5. Scottish National Party: 6 seats
6. Sinn Fein: 4 seats (unseated, as they choose not to swear allegiance to the crown)
7. Plaid Cymru: 3 seats
8. Social Democratic and Labour Party: 3 seats
9. Alliance Party of Northern Ireland: 1 seat
10. Green Party of England and Wales: 1 seat

There are six other major organized parties which currently hold no seats. There are many other registered parties. The number changes often.

The above information comes from Wikipedia. The totals come out to only 647, but that's what they show.

There are a total of 419 registered parties in the UK as of 10 June, 2011.

This info only pertains to the parliament of the UK. Individual countries also have a parliament or an assembly, often with additional parties than those shown above.

Organized chaos? Not really. Not organized at all.

[Next: what these parties stand for, or say they stand for.]


  1. But we understand our chaos, so that's all that matters. Or maybe I should rephrase that to say, we understand our system as well as the citizens of any country understand their own.

  2. I find that hard to believe. You'd better just hope you are not called upon to explain it. :)

  3. At least we don't have a 'Tea Party.'
    er, hold on, I've just thought of our prime minister....



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