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Party membership figures[edit]

Most political party pages have a section in the info box giving an approximation of the membership size long with an green/red arrow showing if it's increased/decreased.

However there's no timeline on the changes and different parties release figures at different moments, with sporadic frequencies.

Would it be better to simply to list the membership figure as = XX,XXX (Oct 2018) with no arrow, and to update this as often as possible and to create a section in the main article of each party showing the historic membership levels which will show the change?


Date Membership Source +/1
2012 8,000 2012 Leadership electionCite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page).

2014 8,500 House of Commons EstimateCite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page).

Increase 500
2018 8,050 2018 Leadership electionCite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page).


I notice a discussion regarding whether Plaid Cymru's membership had increase/decreased recently, I can find several reliable sources over the last decade all of which put them between 8,000 and 8,500 yet we know Labour, Lib Dem, SNP and UKIP for example have all fluctuated massively over the last decade.

Just a thought. Paulharding150 (talk) 14:30, 4 October 2018 (UTC)

I would get rid of the up/down arrows; never really understood the point of them. Number 57 14:37, 4 October 2018 (UTC)

There isn't a lot of point including the membership figures at all. The Conservatives don't officially release theirs anyway, and Labour include people who are part of some affiliated Unions but not others. Certainly there's no point to the arrows without a consistent reporting basis, and the data simply isn't there to support such a thing Espatie (talk) 18:38, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Article soon to be highly visible: Peterborough (UK Parliament constituency)[edit]

It seems highly possible that due to the current MPs ongoing Court Case there may be a by-election in Peterborough (UK Parliament constituency). As such, the Constituency Article is likely to become highly visible. Is there anything that should be done to improve it before it becomes a more important resource? Please comment in the Article Talk Page Espatie (talk) 18:42, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Proposed new sidebox for UK-EU relations[edit]

I have been redesigning this sidebar, which is featured on many brexit pages as well as other EU-UK pages. The new draft is here. Comments or changes are more than welcome, please post them here. Heb the best (talk) 23:57, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

This template is now the subject of an RfC, editors may vote at Template talk:United Kingdom in the European Union#RfC: Removal of the second vote section. --The Vintage Feminist (talk) 09:56, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

Contempt of Parliament[edit]

I know we have a general article about Contempt of Parliament but I'm wondering if it's worth creating one about the vote this evening in which the UK Government was found to be in contempt of Parliament, the first time such a thing has happened in the UK. I'm pretty certain the topic would be notable enough to do this, but I have a few questions? What would we call such an article? How would it be structured? Would it overlap significantly with anything that currently exists? Is it too early to consider an article of this nature? Should we wait for any possible consequences? Would any possible consequences (the fall of the government, for example) negate the need for an article on the government's contempt of Parliament? Any thoughts? This is Paul (talk) 22:58, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

I would begin with a subsection in the existing article. If there's enough material over the next few days (or longer), then creating a new article can be discussed. But let's start within the existing structure. Bondegezou (talk) 23:00, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

Theresa May no confidence vote[edit]

I'm concerned about the description of the no confidence vote as a leadership spill (such as here) as surely that is something different, and is not a term we use in the UK anyway. This is Paul (talk) 19:55, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

It's the term in Australia but I think pretty much confined to Australian politics. Sam Blacketer (talk) 23:44, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
Agreed, and it seems to be an election, which this wasn't. This is Paul (talk) 21:49, 14 December 2018 (UTC)