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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Theresa May
Leader of the Conservative Party
Jeremy Corbyn
Leader of the Labour Party
Leader Party Leader's Seat Number of Seats Leader since
Theresa May Conservative Party Maidenhead 318 13 July 2016
Jeremy Corbyn Labour Islington North 262 12 September 2015
Ian Blackford [3] Scottish National Party Ross, Skye, and Lochaber 35 14 June 2017 [1]
Nigel Dodds [3] Democratic Unionist Party Belfast North 10 7 May 2010
Vince Cable Liberal Democrats Twickenham 12 20 July 2017 [2]
N/A[1] Sinn Féin N/A 7 (abstentionist) 13 November 1983
N/A[1] Plaid Cymru N/A 4
Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley [2] Green Party of England and Wales Brighton Pavilion (Lucas) 1 2 September 2016
  1. ^ Party leader is not a member of the House of Commons and the party has no official group leader in the House of Commons.
  2. ^ Jonathan Bartley is not a member of the House of Commons.
  3. ^ Leads the party in the House of Commons, actual party leader is a member of another body

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 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
Alex Rowley (Acting) Scottish Labour Party Mid Scotland and Fife 23 29 August 2017
Patrick Harvey and Maggie Chapman Scottish Green Party Glasgow 6
Willie Rennie Scottish Liberal Democrats Mid Scotland and Fife 5 May 5, 2011

Leaders in the Welsh Assembly[edit]

Leader Party Leader's Seat Number of Seats Leader since
Carwyn Jones Welsh Labour Bridgend 30 1 December 2009
Andrew R. T. Davies Welsh Conservatives South Wales Central 14 14 July 2011
Leanne Wood Plaid Cymru South Wales Central 11 16 March 2012
Kirsty Williams Welsh Liberal Democrats Brecon and Radnorshire 5 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 April 2017
Naomi Long Alliance Party of Northern Ireland Belfast East 8 October 2016
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
Glenis Willmott Labour Party East Midlands 20 18 January 2009
Ashley Fox Conservative Party South West England and Gibraltar 20 25 November 2014
None 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 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. ^ "Ian Blackford MP elected SNP Westminster leader". BBC News. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Vince Cable is new Lib Dem leader". BBC News. 2017-07-20. Retrieved 2017-07-20.