Leaders of political parties in the United Kingdom

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This article lists the leaders of political parties in the United Kingdom to provide insight into the politics of the United Kingdom. It contains details including which party the leader belongs to, the leader's seat, the number of seats that leader's party holds, and when each leader was chosen to lead.

Leaders in the House of Commons[edit]

National party leaders are usually members of parliament. Some minor parties (including Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish parties) designate a separate leader in the House of Commons, or their leader is absent from the House of Commons and holds membership of a devolved body.

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Boris Johnson
Leader of the Conservative Party
Jeremy Corbyn
Leader of the Labour Party
Leader Party Leader's Seat Number of Seats Leader since
Boris Johnson Conservative Party Uxbridge and South Ruislip 318 23 July 2019
Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party Islington North 262 12 September 2015[1]
Nicola Sturgeon[a] Scottish National Party Ross, Skye, and Lochaber 35 14 June 2017[2]
Jo Swinson Liberal Democrats East Dunbartonshire 12 22 July 2019[3]
Arlene Foster[a] Democratic Unionist Party Fermanagh and South Tyrone 10 7 May 2010[4]
N/A[b] Sinn Féin N/A 7 [b]
Liz Saville Roberts[a] Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales Dwyfor Meirionnydd 4 14 June 2017[5]
Caroline Lucas[c] Green Party of England and Wales Brighton Pavilion 1 2 September 2016[6]
^a Leads the party in the House of Commons; party leader is a member of another body.
^b In accordance with party policy, no elected Sinn Féin members of parliament have ever attended the House of Commons.
^c Jonathan Bartley is co-leader with Lucas, but is not an MP. He did not run in the 2017 general election.

Leaders in the House of Lords[edit]

Leader Party Members Leader since
Baroness Evans of Bowes Park Conservative Party 224 14 July 2016
Baroness Smith of Basildon Labour Party 211 27 May 2015
Lord Wallace of Tankerness Liberal Democrats 101 15 October 2013

Leaders in the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Leader Party Leader's Seat Number of Seats Leader since
Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party Glasgow Southside 63 14 November 2014
Ruth Davidson Scottish Conservative Party Edinburgh Central 31 4 November 2011
Richard Leonard Scottish Labour Party Central Scotland 23 18 November 2017
Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater Scottish Green Party Glasgow (Harvie) 6 2008 (Harvie) 1 August 2019 (Slater)
Willie Rennie Scottish Liberal Democrats North East Fife 5 17 May 2011

Leaders in the Welsh Assembly[edit]

Leader Party Leader's Seat Number of Seats Leader since
Carwyn Jones Welsh Labour Bridgend 29 1 December 2009
Paul Davies Welsh Conservative Party Preseli Pembrokeshire 12 6 September 2018
Adam Price Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 10 28 September 2018
Gareth Bennett UK Independence Party South Wales Central 5 10 August 2018
Kirsty Williams Welsh Liberal Democrats Brecon and Radnorshire 1 8 December 2008

Leaders in the Northern Ireland Assembly[edit]

Leader Party Leader's Seat Number of Seats Leader since
Arlene Foster Democratic Unionist Party Fermanagh & South Tyrone 28 December 2015
Michelle O'Neill Sinn Féin Foyle 27 23 January 2017
Colum Eastwood Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 12 15 November 2015
Robin Swann Ulster Unionist Party North Antrim 10 8 April 2017
Naomi Long Alliance Party of Northern Ireland Belfast East 8 October 2016
Clare Bailey Green Party of Northern Ireland Belfast South 2 October 2018
Jim Allister Traditional Unionist Voice North Antrim 1 2007

Leaders in the European Parliament[edit]

Leader Party Leader's Seat Number of Seats Leader since
Nigel Farage UK Independence Party South East England 22 1999
Richard Corbett Labour Party Yorkshire and the Humber 20 25 October 2017
Ashley Fox Conservative Party South West England and Gibraltar 20 25 November 2014
None The Green Party of England and Wales N/A 3 N/A
Ian Hudghton Scottish National Party Scotland 2 1998
Catherine Bearder Liberal Democrats South East England 1 2015
Jillian Evans Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales Wales 1 2009
Martina Anderson Sinn Féin Northern Ireland 1 2014
Diane Dodds Democratic Unionist Party Northern Ireland 1 2009
Jim Nicholson Ulster Unionist Party Northern Ireland 1 1998

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mason, Rowena (12 September 2015). "Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn elected with huge mandate". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Ian Blackford MP elected SNP Westminster leader". BBC News. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Vince Cable is new Lib Dem leader". BBC News. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  4. ^ Booth, Robert (11 June 2017). "Who's who in the DUP: party members poised to prop up the Tories". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Liz Saville Roberts new Plaid Cymru leader in Commons". BBC News. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Profile: Green Party co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley". BBC News. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.