A political party is a group of like-minded people which aims to achieve goals through political power.
It’s impossible for all members of a political party to have exactly the same opinions and completely agree on all issues. However, they do tend to agree in more general terms about how a country should be run.
Most politicians stand for election as a representative of a political party.
Voters should be able to gain a basic understanding of a politician’s values and beliefs just by seeing what party he or she represents.
The main parties in UK politics are the Conservatives, who are also sometimes referred to as the Tories, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip), the Green Party, the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Plaid Cymru.