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Spotlight on the UK Conservative Party 

The Conservative Party has 331 Members of Parliament. It is the largest party in Parliament with a long history of shaping British politics. 

In the 2015 General Election a Conservative Majority was returned for the first time in twenty-two years. This was an unexpected outcome as it was largely anticipated that a further coalition government would be created following the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government after the 2010 General Election.

Following the resignation of David Cameron after the shock Brexit result from the European Union a leadership contest was held for the Leader of the Conservative Party and next PM. Under the rules of the 1922 Committee, Theresa May was selected as Leader of the Conservative Party and on 13th July became Her Majesty the Queen's 13th British Prime Minister. Mrs May becomes only the second female Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher.

Read here about the 2016 Conservative Party Leadership Election which selected Mrs May..

Watch: Theresa May's Leader's Speech - Conservative Party Conference 2017

Watch: Theresa May Leader's Speech - Conservative Party Conference 5th October 2016

Watch: Conservative Party Conference 2016 - opening speech

Watch: Theresa May's First Prime Minister's Questions (20 July 2016)

Watch: Theresa May's first speech as Prime Minister outside No.10

Key People  

  • Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party – Rt. Hon Theresa May MP
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer – Rt. Hon Phillip Hammond MP
  • Foreign Secretary – Boris Johnson MP
  • Home Secretary – Amber Rudd MP 

Archive Resources

Watch: David Cameron's last speech as Prime Minister

Watch: David Cameron resigns as Leader of the Conservative Party

Conservative Party Manifesto  

The Conservative party manifesto will act as their guide in government.

Track how well they are doing by taking a look at the 2015 Conservative Party Manifesto highlights

The Budget 2016 - Osborne delivers a 2016 budget for the ‘next generation’

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivered his eighth budget to the nation, but his first as a Conservative Chancellor in a majority government. This meant no restrictions but also under scrutiny, no-one else to blame.

The budget, Mr. Osborne said reflected uncertainty in the world economy and as such growth forecasts for the UK economy were revised down from 2.4% in the Autumn Statement to 2%. Although the Chancellor did still predict a surplus by 2019/2020 and that the UK would still grow faster than any western economy.

Catchy announcements were the new sugar tax, full academy school status, lifetime ISAs, further cuts in public spending, debt targets missed, £115 million to tackle homelessness, extension of elected Mayors, 3% reduction in corporation tax, fuel duty frozen and a raise in those lifted out of paying tax.

Read the main points here

Conservative Party Conference 2015

  • Read a summary of the Chancellor's 2015 Conference Speech here.
  • Read our analysis of Home Secretary, Theresa May's speech to conference which focussed on asylum and immigration. Click here

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