The Parties In-Between

The British electoral voting system, First Past the Post, tends to privilege big parties campaigning in specific seats and distorts electoral outcomes. For instance, the Conservatives have gained a majority of seats, but they have not secured the majority of the overall vote.

This leaves smaller parties, those between the independent or novelty candidates and the big hitters, in an odd position. Why campaign when you know you’re unlikely to win?

Georgia Beech, Alex Booth and Lauretta Osufor interview the “inbetweener” parties campaigning in the Cheshire City constituency. They quizzed Liberal Democrat campaigners, as well as Andy Argyle, the Brexit Party candidate, and Nicholas Brown for the Greens about why they continue to campaign and what future they see for smaller parties.

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