The Ideological Difference in the UK’s Political Parties

The two parties which make up the UK’s two party system, the Conservative and Labour parties, could be described as having similar ideological beliefs. This is because, during the 2015 general election, the Conservative and Labour party had reached an ideological convergence. Both parties, to differing degrees, agreed that the UK needed to reduce the UK deficit, increase spending on the NHS and renegotiate deals with the EU regarding immigration.

Additionally, the result of the 2015 general election displayed how the two parties had an almost equal share of the vote with the Conservatives winning 36.9% to Labour’s 30.4%. The fact that the two parties had an almost equal spilt of votes proved that the party’s manifestos were too similar. Moreover, in a speech by Ed Miliband, the Labour leader stated that the UK needed to become “One nation”.

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This suggests that the Labour and Conservative parties are alike due to the fact that the idea of “one nation” was suggested by Benjamin Disraeli, a former Conservative prime minister in the 1800s. Tory members still refer to Disraeli’s idea of One Nation with David Cameron referencing it in his first speech as prime minister, “we will govern as a party of one nation”.Moreover, the idea of one nation conservatism was complimented by Tony Blair’s creation of “New Labour” in 1997. As the Conservatives moved towards the centre-right in an attempt to gain the votes of the working class, New Labour moved towards the centre-left in an attempt to gain the votes of the middle class and so there was little difference between the two ideologies. Further still, the current leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May, has expressed herself as a one-nation Tory and therefore is in agreement with the former Labour leader, Ed Miliband. Moreover, May promised that under her leadership that “the Conservative party will put itself completely, absolutely, unequivocally at the service of .

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