Establishing and resourcing a new parliamentary party
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At the time of its creation, Change UK was a parliamentary party with no real national party organisation. Lacking the resources and structures of the more established parties provided a challenge to both its national and its parliamentary organisation. Drawing on the expansion of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 2015, this chapter highlights the challenges facing small parties as they balance the demands of multiple policy portfolios with the lack of party funding. It demonstrates the tensions developing within Change UK around the speed at which the party’s infrastructure was created and how the decisions made would be crucial for the party’s performance at the European parliamentary elections.

The end of the small party?

Change UK and the challenges of parliamentary politics

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