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Parties and Factions
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Parties and Factions
Credit to Andy for original compilation of this.

Your character belongs to a party and to a faction. Here you can find out more about the parties and factions so you can choose the appropriate one for your character. 

The parties are listed from largest to smallest within Parliament. The factions in each party are listed from most influence to least. MP numbers are as of the start of the round.

Labour Party 329 MPs - Currently Open

The Labour Party are Britain's main left-wing party. As of the start of the round, Labour are in Government. Lead by Neil Kinnock, they won the 1992 general election to return to power after 13 years in opposition.

Faction: Tribune 171 MPs
Tribune represents the “soft left”. These are the members that were most supportive of the policies put forward by Neil Kinnock (and thus the 1987 and 1992 manifestos). Tribune, as a whole, supports the broad concepts of Clause IV of the Labour Constitution, though there may be some disagreement about how to get there. The group functionally promotes democratic socialism from the right of the Socialist Campaign Group to the left of Progress.

Faction: Progress 67 MPs
Progress is made up of those holding the centre ground in Labour politics that may be more social democratic than democratic socialist. They rallied around Tony Blair, a rising force in the Labour Party, and his support for a more "modern" Labour (modern meaning with less involvement from the unions). Members of this group are more likely to support fiscally more conservative policies and do not necessarily fear private industry. Peter Mandelson summarised it as a group that would let the rich get richer, provided that they paid their taxes.

Faction: Manifesto Group 61 MPs
A force to the right of the Tribune Group, the Old Left remain rooted in the consensus politics of previous Labour governments and seek to remain close to the unions. They are likely to differ from the Tribunites on matters of security (no endorsement of unilateral disarmament) and endorse broad principles of social democracy. They've been described as "an alliance of the cautious, the constitutionalists, the follow-my-leader, and the modern social democrat".

Faction: Socialist Campaign Group 30 MPs
The SCG are the “hard left” of Labour. They tend to hark back to the more recent Labour governments (in the 70s) and are also likely to think that Michael Foot did not write the "longest suicide note in history". While things have been made more quiet as of late, these members are pushing to move the party much further to the left.

Conservative Party 272 MPs - Currently Open

The Conservative Party are Britain's main right-wing party. As of the start of the round, the Tories are in Opposition. They are led by John Major (who is set to resign after losing the 1992 election). At this point in time (especially considering Major's loss) the Tories are very much divided over Europe and a question of whether to be "wet" (modernisers) or "dry" (Thatcherites).

Faction: Tory Reform Group 106 MPs
The Tory Reform Group are the "wets" of the debate between Thatcherism and one-nation conservatism. While broadly supportive of freer markets, the Tory Reform Group take the position of a social responsibility for the upper classes to look after those less fortunate. Their interest is a government that is "in the interest of all", not primarily supportive of the business class. This is the group that dominated the Conservative Party since John Major in real life.

Faction: Conservative Way Forward 111 MPs
Conservative Way Forward is the group most associated with Thatcherism and is quite alive an kicking in 1992. In fact, given the results of the 1992 election in our universe, Conservative Way Forward is (barely) the largest force in the Conservative Party as wets lost some seats. This group is based in rugged individualism and their nine principles that promote free market economics above all, personal responsibility, and security.

Faction: Cornerstone Group 46 MPs
The Cornerstone motto is “Faith, Flag, and Family”. They believe in a religious moral conviction (preferably Anglican Christian, but Catholicism will do), the strength of the British central government (no devolution nor increasing involvement in the EC), and repairing societal problems through a focus on the traditional family. On economic issues, however, there is a great deal of diversity in Cornerstone and they can fall on either the "wet" or "dry" side. While socially conservative and unlikely to support liberalisation of social policies, there is not a great deal of support for rolling back freedoms in this group.

Faction: Monday Club 9 MPs - tentatively capped at 1 member, contact Party Advisor to join
The Monday Club represent the "hard right" of the Conservative Party and likely have some ties (real or simply ideological) to the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland (particularly in terms of social positions, such as eliminating abortion). While they are largely irrelevant now, they were not entirely irrelevant in 1992 (though certainly in their twilight).

Liberal Democrats 25 MPs - Currently Open to Applications

The Liberal Democrats are a centrist, liberal (in the British meaning of that word) party. 1992 was the first election fought as a party following the merger of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party (formerly the Liberal-SDP Alliance). While still gaining its footing, it largely can be divided into two camps based (not shockingly) on which of the two parties the members were in previously.

Faction: Social Democrats 13 MPs
The Social Democrats are the left of the Liberal Democrats and often were members of the Labour Party (pre-1981) and the Social Democratic Party (post-1981). The Social Democrats are more open to state solutions to public problems and may even align a bit with some of the ideas put forward by New Labour. Indeed, Lord Sainsbury, who would become the financial backer of Progress, was quite supportive of the Social Democrats.

Faction: Liberals 12 MPs
The other half of the Liberal Democrats. Historically smaller (until the election of Nick Clegg as leader), the liberals in the party were more likely to support using the free market to remedy social ills, but were not unwillingly to consider state intervention. This wing of the party is the most likely to base their policy on the editorial comments of the The Economist, valuing both social and economic liberalism (in its classical, British form).
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