About the Event
Join Louise Thompson and Rob Ford in discussion about Louise’s new book, The end of the small party? Change UK and the challenges of parliamentary politics, the first book to uncover how small groups like Change UK/The Independent Group exert influence in the British Parliament, based on first-hand interviews with the MPs themselves.
Part of Manchester University Press' End of Summer Festival!
Louise Thompson’s account of the short life and fast times of Change UK helps explain why no new governing party has emerged in the UK for a hundred years.' Mark D'Arcy, BBC Parliamentary Correspondent
'A fascinating in-depth account of how small-parties, whether they be start-ups or established players, either sink or swim in an environment in which - given their relatively limited access to funding, air-time, and even space - the odds are all-too-often stacked against them.' Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London and Co-Director, Mile End Institute
About The end of the small party
For a brief moment in 2019, it looked like Britain’s political system was transforming. Just when it seemed that the divisions within and across British political parties over Brexit could not get any deeper, seven Labour and three Conservative MPs broke away to form The Independent Group (TIG) – later Change UK. This is the first book to explore the meteoric lifespan of that party within the wider context of the experiences of other small political groupings in the House of Commons. Ultimately, it shows why the party failed and disbanded after just a few months.
Timely and thoroughly researched, Louise Thompson’s book takes us deep inside the struggles facing MPs who leave behind the comforts of the large political parties. Drawing on interviews with current and former politicians, it explores the practicalities of being a small party MP in the Commons. What challenges do they face? Who can they turn to? And just how can they make an impact?
Crisply written for the non-specialist reader, this fascinating book opens a window onto the perilous world of parliamentary poli
About the Book
Publisher:Manchester University Press
Publication date:16 Sep 2020
The first book to uncover how small groups like Change UK/The Independent Group exert influence in the British Parliament, based on first-hand interviews with the MPs themselves. -- .