Small Parties

How MPs operate in the Commons

By Louise Thompson

Small Parties


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4558-1
  • Pages: 168
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £14.99
  • Published Date: June 2020
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 21st Century, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Society & social sciences / Political parties, Humanities / British & Irish history, Society & social sciences / Politics & government


At a time when British Politics seems increasingly fractured, with intra-party tensions cutting across both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party, small political groupings and independent MPs in the Commons have taken on a more significant position than ever before. Small Parties explores how the new breakaway Change UK/Independent Group operated in the House of Commons, within the wider context of the experiences of other small political groupings in Parliament.

This timely and deeply researched book takes us inside the struggles facing those who cross the floor of the chamber and the strategies they use to draw attention to their cause.


1. Three days in February
2. Finding their feet
3. Establishing a new group (political party)
4. In the real world: from MP to candidate?
5. How to be an MP without a party


Louise Thompson is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester

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