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The Conservative Party, officially the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a political party in the United Kingdom. It is currently the governing party, having won a majority of seats in the House of Commons after the 2015 general election. The party's leader Theresa May is currently serving as Prime Minister. It is the largest party in local government with 8,702 councillors.

Leader Theresa May
Chairman Patrick McLoughlin
1922 Committee Chairman Graham Brady
Lords Leader Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Founded 1834 (183 years ago) (1834)
Preceded by Tory Party, Liberal Unionist Party, National Liberal Party
Headquarters Conservative Campaign HQ
4 Matthew Parker Street, London, SW1H 9NP, England
Youth wing Conservative Future
Women's wing Conservative Women's Organisation
Overseas wing Conservatives Abroad
Membership  (2013) 149,800
Ideology Conservatism
Economic liberalism
British unionism
Euroscepticism
Traditionalist conservatism
Political position Centre-right
European affiliation Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe
International affiliation International Democrat Union
European Parliament group European Conservatives and Reformists
Colours      Blue
House of Commons
329 / 650
House of Lords
254 / 808
European Parliament
20 / 73
Scottish Parliament
31 / 129
Welsh Assembly
11 / 60
NI Assembly
0 / 108
London Assembly
8 / 25
Local government
8,702 / 20,690
Police and Crime Commissioners
20 / 40
Directly-elected Mayors
1 / 17
Website
conservatives.com
  • Politics of the United Kingdom
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The Conservative Party, officially the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a political party in the United Kingdom. It is currently the governing party, having won a majority of seats in the House of Commons after the 2015 general election. The party's leader Theresa May is currently serving as Prime Minister. It is the largest party in local government with 8,702 councillors.

The Conservative Party was founded in 1834 from the Tory Party—giving rise to the Conservatives' colloquial name of Tories—and was one of two dominant parties in the 19th century, along with the Liberal Party. In the 1920s, the Liberal vote greatly diminished and the Labour Party became the Conservatives' main rivals. Conservative Prime Ministers led governments for 57 years of the 20th century, including Winston Churchill (1940–45, 1951–55) and Margaret Thatcher (1979–90). Thatcher's tenure led to wide-ranging economic liberalisation. The Conservative Party's domination of British politics throughout the 20th century has led to them being referred to as one of the most successful political parties in the Western world.

The Conservatives are the joint-second largest British party in the European Parliament, with twenty MEPs, and sit with the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) parliamentary group. The party is a member of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) Europarty and the International Democrat Union (IDU).

The party is the second-largest in the Scottish Parliament and third-largest in the Welsh Assembly. The Conservatives were formerly allied to the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in Northern Ireland but there is now a separate Northern Ireland Conservative party similar to the Welsh and Scottish Conservative parties. The party is also organised in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.

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