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The Conservative Party has grounds to claim they are the oldest political party in Europe with roots dating back to the Tories in the late 17th century. The Tories merged with the Liberal Unionist Party in 1912 to create the current day party. The Conservative’s currently sit centre-right on the British political spectrum, meaning they support liberal conservatism. This includes economic liberalism and elements of social liberalism. For example, they favour a free-market economy and try to balance privatisation with protectionism of state assets like the NHS, rail, mail and utilities services, all the while legalising same-sex marriage and endorsing renewable energy usage. The party is also British Unionist and therefore opposes Scottish and Welsh independence or Irish reunification. The Conservative Party won a majority in the 2019 General Election, with their manifesto and Prime Minister Boris Johnson guaranteeing:

  • Extra funding for the NHS, with 50,000 more nurses and 50 million more GP surgery appointments a year

  • 20,000 more police and tougher sentencing for criminals

  • An Australian-style points-based system to control immigration

  • Reaching Net Zero by 2050 with investment in clean energy solutions and green infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions and pollution

Party Stats 

  • Current Leader: Boris Johnson (pictured)

  • 43.6% vote share in 2019 General Election

  • 365 Members of Parliament

  • 259 Peers in the House of Lords

  • 31 Members of Scottish Parliament

  • 11 Members of Welsh Parliament

Leader: Boris Johnson (pictured)

The Conservative & Unionist Party: News
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