Growth of newly registered parties shows apathy with the mainstream

Polling Station

33 new parties have been registered in Great Britain so far this year. Apathy towards the mainstream is growing.

Data from the Electoral Commission shows that thirty-three new parties have registered this year so far, with seven having registered in August alone.

While the growth of the internet has no doubt made it easier to connect like-minded people and set-up political parties, the growth in alternative movements suggests a growing resentment towards mainstream politics.

The last three years have seen the highest number of new parties registered in Great Britain. No less than 46 registered in 2015, and 39 registered in 2016. 33 have registered so far in 2017, and that number looks set to rise.

To put this into perspective, 23 registered in 2014, 16 in 2013, 17 in 2012 and 12 in 2011.

Just six registered in 2008, eight in 2004 and nine in 2002.

That said, 29 registered in 1999, followed by 12 in 2000 and 20 in 2001.

Since the turn of the century, the number of new parties in Great Britain has steadily risen, hitting a high of 46 in 2015.

Currently, 2017 is not on track to beat 2015’s record of new parties, but it could end up being close.

Some of the parties registered in 2017 are the “UKremainEU” party, the “Federalist Party of the United Kingdom”, the “Newport Independents Party” and “The People’s Revolution Party”.

Can any of these give Corbyn's Labour and May's Conservatives a run for their money?