Could any of you U.K. people explain to me the major political parties in your government? What party has the majority of power as of now?
The three principle parties are Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrats, Broadly speaking,
1) Labour is officially a democratic socialist party but I'd say moderate left-of-centre economically and moderately populist on social issues
2) Conservatives are right of centre in respect of both economic and social issues - I'd say they are the less moderate of the two main parties
3) Liberal Democrats are ambivalent. It's hard to define them left or right economically, but socially they are left of centre
The UK has other parties - but only nationalists (the SNP [Scotland], Plaid Cymru [Wales], SinnFein and SDLP [Northern Ireland) and unionists (the OUP and DUP [Northern Ireland]) hold seats in Parliament
Labour is currently the party in government, who should be re-elected - though I suspect with a reduced parliamentary party. The General Election is widely expected to by on 5 May to coincide with local elections - though Blair can hold back until 2006 if he so wishes