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No one saw it coming. No pundit, no pollster and no political leader predicted David Cameron’s Conservative Party would win a majority of seats in Parliament and his three main opponents would resign as party leaders. The consequences of the coalition also became clear as the Liberal Democrats fell dramatically from grace, and lost their spot as Britain’s third party. And despite Scotland voting NO’ to independence in 2014, the election result also threatens the Union, with the Scottish National Party winning all but three of the country’s seats.
In this timely edition, Richard S. Grayson analyses Britain’s changing political landscape, and explores the role of the media, the European Union and the UK’s special relationship’ with the US. Thorough and incisive, British Politics: A Beginner’s Guide is the perfect introduction to the structure, parties and personalities of British Government today.
Richard S. Grayson is a professor of Twentieth Century History at Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K. Former Director of Policy for the Liberal Democrats, he was Charles Kennedy’s principal speechwriter. He lives in Hemel Hempstead, U.K.