Whither the two-party system?
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Although the UK is a predominantly two-party system, small parties have maintained a presence in the parliamentary landscape over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Recent years have seen the emergence of new political parties in parliamentary institutions at the national, sub-national and supranational level and this was illustrated well by the 2019 European parliamentary elections. The failure of Change UK to establish itself firmly within the political landscape was a result of the nature of its creation (as a parliamentary party without a political party infrastructure), its trajectory from loose independent grouping to fully fledged political party and the resolution of the Brexit impasse which had underpinned its initial political momentum and cohesion. This chapter evaluates Change UK’s ten months in the Commons and discusses the implications of its collapse for multi-party politics.

The end of the small party?

Change UK and the challenges of parliamentary politics


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