PARTY LEADERDavid Cameron
LEADER SINCE6 December 2005
HEADQUARTERS: Conservative Campaign HQ
4 Matthew Parker Street
IDEOLOGY: Conservatism,Euroscepticism,British Unionism,Economic Liberalism
POSITION: Centre Right
A centre-right political party which is generally divided into three categories: Eurosceptice 'Thatcherites ' (also known as Conservative Way Forward), socially conservative but more europhile 'One Nation Conservatives', and deeply Eurosceptic 'Cornerstone Group'. Source: Wikipedia
Founded 181 years ago from the Tory Party (hence the name), the Conservative Party sits at the centre-right of the political spectrum, with their primary philosophies of British unionism, Euroscepticism, Conservatism and Economic Liberalism.
With 303 members of parliament, it makes them the largest single political party in the House of Commons, in which they govern in coalition with the Liberal Democrats. They are also the third largest British party in the European Parliament where they have 19 MEPs.
The party's origins can be traced back to the Whig Party in the 18th century, a group that formed around the then Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger between 1783-1801. The generally accepted founder of the newly-named 'Conservative' party was Sir Robert Peel around 1834.
It is estimated that the party has a membership of 150,000 paid supporters (September 2014 figures).
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