Making their voice heard
in The end of the small party?
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The MPs of Change UK found themselves thrown into an unfamiliar parliamentary and political position in early 2017, but they had actively considered the strategies used by other political parties to make an impact in the Commons. This chapter showcases examples of small parties circumventing the procedural and parliamentary constraints which are often placed upon them. We see how Caroline Lucas of the Green Party successfully raises green issues and how the SNP’s clever use of interventions maximises its airtime in the Commons chamber. It demonstrates how Change UK began to mirror some of these strategies but stresses the need for informal agreements and cross-party dialogue to provide a consistent platform for small parties in parliament.

The end of the small party?

Change UK and the challenges of parliamentary politics

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