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What is a Political Party?

A political party is a group of people who come together with the aim of winning power. 

The level of involvement from people can be as voters, supporters, members and candidates who if successful become elected representatives for their chosen political party.

Successful candidates belonging to a political party win a range of powerful positions on behalf of their parties. For example, to be a councilor for their local area, be a Mayor, become a Member of the UK Parliament or European Parliament.

Ultimately a political party is a group of people who want to win governmental power.

Most political parties have natural supporters through their history and policies. For a party to win governmental power they also need to but this is not enough to win.

Parties typically put their aims across in a written document called a manifesto and ask people eligible to vote on a local, national or European level to share their aims and vote for the candidates they put up at elections 

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