Sites about the Conservative Party. The dominating political force in the 20th century in the United Kingdom. Since 1912 its official name was the Conservative and Unionist Party, which is still one of their registered party descriptions. Until the Blair Government reformed its composition in 1999, the Conservatives had a majority in the House of Lords, though Conservative governments were also regularly defeated in the upper chamber. Though there were often deep ideological differences within the party, no major group split from the party in the 20th century while the Liberal Unionist Party merged with the party in 1912 and the Liberal National Party merged into the Conservative Party in 1947. In 1997 the party suffered its worst defeat in the century. The Conservative Party has only had an elected leader since 1922. The leader emerged from highly informal discussions, and there was only one candidate at the formal election. Proper elections were introduced in 1965. Until 1997 all leaders of the party became Prime Ministers. Leaders of the party after 1997:
- William Hague (1997-2001)
- Iain Duncan Smith (2001-2003)
- Michael Howard (2003-2005)
- David Cameron (2005-)
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The Conservative Party
Britain's largest centre-right party sets out its policies and provides information on its campaigns, groups and representatives. Allows one to join up online, subscribe to email briefings, and locate a local branch. Led by David Cameron.
Wikipedia - Conservative Party (UK)
Encyclopaedia entry includes the history of the party, its politicians and associated groups.