The smallest parties in the United Kingdom join the electoral struggle | News


Glasgow, United Kingdom – As the ruling conservatives and their Labor rivals struggle to form the next British government, with the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Liberal Democrats currently in third and fourth place, the smallest political parties in the United Kingdom are also looking to give a knock .

This week marks the last full week of the campaign before the anticipated general elections of December 12 of the country, in which millions of Britons will go to the polls for their third Westminster vote in four years.


And while the current conservative prime minister, Boris Johnson, hopes to remain in office and get most of the seats to boost his Brexit agreement to leave the European Union following the UK's decision to leave the block three and a half years ago – Electoral candidates of the minor lights of Great Britain are looking upset and down in this island state of four nations.

Plaid Cymru, the Welsh match

"Voters like what we have to say," said Carrie Harper, future parliamentary candidate of Plaid Cymru to Wrexham, a city in northeastern Wales, told Al Jazeera. "But obviously it takes time to go from not having much (party) organization locally to get to the stage where we are now."

This will be Harper's third chance at this seat in a general election of the United Kingdom for the Welsh nationalist party, whose leader Adam Price is an advocate for Wales to become an independent nation and remain in the EU. Plaid currently has four parliamentarians in Westminster and today works in opposition to the Welsh Assembly.

Wrexham is traditionally a safe working territory, but the party was forced to reject an energetic conservative challenge in 2015 and in the general election two years ago. Harper, however, said his team was "carrying out a very strong social media campaign … that it is getting a lot of traction,quot; and is confident of leaving its mark this time.

"I go for it, there is no half effort, and I am 100 percent committed," added the Plaid Cymru County Councilor.

The Greens

In neighboring England, Nick Hartley is making his first election raid as a Westminster candidate in Newcastle upon Tyne East.

The Green Party candidate, a clinical psychologist, is also disputing a safe job.

"I am aware that many people in this election are voting for their worst option," Hartley told Al Jazeera. "People are voting to keep conservatives out or to keep (Labor leader Jeremy) Corbyn. In Newcastle, and because there are three safe (job) seats throughout the city, there is a great opportunity to vote for what you believe here. "

Hartley's message refers to the dangers of climate change, the promotion of electoral reform and the desire to remain in the EU, all of which the only deputy of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas, has been discussing for a long time in Parliament .

"He is letting people know that when voting for Green there is a message that is sent: that a shared vote will be registered on the day of the vote," he said.

Brexit party

In Scotland, the British constituency of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross is the scene of an attempt by the SNP to recover a seat that won sensationally from the Liberal Democrats in 2015, but lost to the game two years later.

But Sandra Skinner of the Brexit Party, a newly established group founded by the fierce Eurosceptic populist Nigel Farage, hopes to give a good show with her pro-Brexit message, even though Scotland voted 62-38 percent to remain in the EU in 2016 EU entry / exit referendum.

However, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, the northernmost constituency of the British mainland, saw 51.3 percent support for Brexit three years ago, a small majority that Skinner is trying to exploit.

"We are hearing that this is a two-horse race between the SNP and the Liberal Democrats, but that is to remain or remain," Skinner said, referring to the overwhelmingly pro-EU positions of both sides.

The oil and gas manufacturing engineer, who argues that the EU exit agreement from the Conservative Party does not amount to a "strong Brexit," added: "There are many licensed voters (in this constituency), so my argument is that if the voters leave they really want to leave, then this is their last chance to leave that on the ballot. "

They can be distant shots, but Harper, Hartley and Skinner are in this for the fight.

The complete list of candidates found in the constituencies named in this report is as follows: Wrexham – Sarah Atherton (Conservative Party), Ian Berkeley-Hurst (Brexit Party), Carrie Harper (Plaid Cymru), Duncan Rees (Green Party), Tim Sly (Liberal Democrats), Mary Wimbury (Labor Cooperative); Newcastle upon Tyne East – Nick Brown (Labor), Robin Gwynn (Conservative Party), Nick Hartley (Green Party), Wendy Taylor (Liberal Democrats); Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross – Cheryl McDonald (Labor), Karl Rosie (SNP), Andrew Sinclair (Conservative Party), Sandra Skinner (Brexit Party), Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrats).