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  • AQA Component Political parties: policies of minor parties and their impact on political debates and political agenda

  • Edexcel Component 1, Section 2.3: Emerging and minor UK political parties

Background: what you need to know

This article analyses the reasons for the current decline in the fortunes of the once-dominant Scottish National Party. This goes further back than the recent downfall of first minister Humza Yousaf, forced from office after his ill-judged expulsion of his Green Party partners from government.

The article also refers to the SNP’s disappointing policy record, its internal divisions and the police investigation into the party’s finances. It underlines the critical importance of projecting an image of governing competence if it is to fend off the challenge of a reviving Labour party.

Click the link below to read the article and then answer the questions:

The unravelling of the Scottish National party

Question in the style of AQA Politics Paper 1

  • ‘Minor parties rarely play an influential role in UK politics.’ Analyse and evaluate this statement. [25 marks]

Question in the style of Edexcel Politics Paper 1

  • Evaluate the view that minor parties do not play an influential role in UK politics

    You must consider this view and the alternative to this view in a balanced way. [30 marks]

    TIP: Think of other minor parties to which you could refer in answering one of these questions. Reform UK is unlikely to win seats in the forthcoming general election but may damage the prospects of the Conservative party by attracting right-wing voters to its banner. See, for example, this article: How much of a threat is Reform UK to the Tories?

Graham Goodlad, Portsmouth High School

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