Political parties
in British politics today
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Political parties are central to the business of democratic government, which could not realistically be carried out without them. This chapter presents the history of party government in Britain, and details the history, organization, leadership and other issues of the Conservative Party, Labour Party, the Social and Liberal Democrats, and nationalist parties. It also discusses the funding of political parties and looks at the future of the parties in Britain. The Conservative Party was held to represent the interests of the traditional ruling classes as well as those of property owners and the 'wealthy' in general. The Labour Party was set up by the trade unions, with the enthusiastic help of various socialist societies, to create a 'political wing' to their activities. However, voters are less interested in seeking action through parties but tend to seek it instead from single-issue pressure groups.

British politics today

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