Green Party

Green Party. Technically the UK does not have one Green Party, but three (with separate Green Parties in Northern Ireland and Scotland). Nonetheless the three cooperate quite closely. The only party with seats in the European Parliament is the English and Welsh Greens however. The Greens are fairly weak in the UK due to Britain’s […]

Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems technically only date from 1988, but are the representative of one of Britain’s oldest traditions. For much of its history the Liberals, who predated the Lib Dems, were the predominant opposition to the Conservatives. The Liberals were surpassed by Labour in the early 1920s and then slowly collapsed as they […]

Labour Party

Labour Party. The Labour Party is Britain’s dominant centre-left political force. Founded in 1900 out of the trade union movement, to which it has a formal link to this day. The party is responsible for building much of the British welfare state and especially Britain’s universal healthcare system, the NHS. The party has traditionally relied […]

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). UKIP have long been a presence in British politics, but have recently begun to make much more serious inroads. The party was originally founded in 1993 by anti-Maastricht Treaty activists headed by the LSE Economist Alan Sked. The party was initially a single issue party with one desire: to get […]

Conservative Party

Conservative Party. The Conservative Party is the oldest political party in the world, being founded in 1834, though it can date its history back even further to the ‘Tories’ who formed one of the factions in parliament prior to the arising of organised political parties. The party originates in the royalist aristocracy but eventually became […]

Lunchtime list for June 17th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Commons needs to be more ‘box office’, says Sir George – Sir George Young has given a speech on how to make the role of Parliament better-known and increase coverage of Parliamentary debates. L’Europe attend les architectes – Jacques Delors (of Up […]

Lunchtime list for June 10th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Balls’ EU immigration claims don’t stand up – Sarah Mulley at Left Foot Forward takes a look at the immigration stance of Labour leader candidate Ed Balls. Balls is conflating immigration with intra-EU migration, which has been pointed out elsewhere. She accuses […]

Lunchtime list for May 31st

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Peak State and The Valley of Nobody Knows – Adil Abrar from Sidekick Studios has joined the blogging team at The Big Society, and his first post is an interesting meditation on the similarities between energy policy and Big Society: both have […]

Lunchtime list for May 24th

Here are some thoughts on lunchtime reading for today: In the loop: Twitter’s transformation of British politics – The Independent’s John Rentoul writes about how his work of covering UK politics has been transformed by Twitter. Europe’s debt crisis and Keynes’ green cheese solution – Well-timed for today’s UK spending cuts announcement, Thomas Palley writes […]