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Example UK Politics Essay: are the UK’s political parties ideologically distinct?

Ruth Tarrant

3rd June 2016

A political party is a group of people who share similar views on how a country should be governed. The UK is usually described as having a two-party system (Conservatives and Labour), although there are some sizeable third parties (e.g. SNP, Liberal Democrats) and many other smaller parties. Political parties have a number of roles, including:

  • The creation of policies (via a manifesto)
  • Encourage participation in politics and wider society
  • Representing the views of large groups of people in society
  • Educate the general public on important issues by encouraging debate and raising awareness

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been an enthusiastic Head of Economics and Politics for many years, having taught in a variety of schools and at university level. She is also a Senior Examiner. Ruth is passionate about boosting the quality of teaching and learning across all subjects in schools and colleges.


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