Dozens of political parties spring up to challenge big two | News

A record number of political parties have been created in the past year in an effort to break the two-party duopoly.

More than 50 new parties were registered with the Electoral Commission in 2017, more than double the year before. This year is set to be another bumper year, with 12 parties registered in January alone.

While many of the parties operate on the political fringes, some of the most credible are seeking to reclaim the centre ground, which their supporters feel has been deserted by Labour and the Conservatives.

Last year’s snap general election revealed how entrenched the two main parties are under the first-past-the-post system, however, with Conservatives and Labour together sweeping 82.4 per cent of the vote.

Renew, a pro-EU party, was…