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The election of 1951 produces a hung parliament resulting in Churchill forming a coalition with Davies' Liberal party which eventually merges full with them to create the National Democratic Party. The NDP introduces STV in an attempt to democratise Britain further while also keeping Labour out as Labour benefits from low populated industrial areas, such as Wales and the North East, having high representation. Grimond's Race Relations Act of 1968 causes Enoch Powell to lead a far right rebellion founding his own party. In 1974 there was a hung parliament but the NDP was unwilling to enter a coalition with the BPP because of their staunch hard eurosceptic views, instead the Queen requested Heath and Wilson to form the Fifth National Government between the New Democrats and Labour, this was popular at first (especially after the defeat of Labour's referendum to leave the EEC) but after a failed trade union reform, James Callaghan replaced Harold Wilson as Labour leader but caved to the New Democrat leadership in accepting a trade union reform bill. This led to Michael Foot and other left wing polticians quitting the Labour party and reforging the Independent Labour Party (ILP). However the National Government would continue until 1995 when the British People's Party (BPP) led by William Hague gained a majority of seats and Labour lost so many votes to the ILP that the NDP (now led by Kenneth Clarke from the party centre) to attempt a grand coalition to exclude the BPP in order to stay in Europe. However when this attempt failed, Clarke resigned NDP leadership being replaced by prominent conservative, Michael Portillo. Portillo formed a government as a junior party to Hague's BPP. Hague succeeded in pushing a referendum on Maaschtrict and used that to withdraw from the common market entirely. However by 2000 Labour was reunited and the BPP-NDP government was deeply unpopular, in fact a group of anti extremist new democrats had split off founding the Progressive Party led by Charles Kennedy, and Neil Kinnock won the first Labour majority for 30 years.

Kinnock had a successful 8 years as prime minister with record low levels of NHS waiting lists, establishment of a National Care Service while chastising US-led interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq however the financial crash in 2008 sent the UK into turmoil with Neil Kinnock being ousted by his long time deputy, Tony Blair. Despite Blair's success in dispatching Kinnock he had alienated the majority of Labour with his actions, and so Michael Meacher, the home secretary under Kinnock, succeeded him instead. Meacher would lose the 2010 general election to David Cameron's NDP in a coalition with Nigel Farage's BPP but this alliance would be short lived after a clash on gay marriage resulted in the climax of coalition tensions which led to fresh elections by 2013. In 2013 David Miliband from Labour formed a coalition with Tim Farron's Progressive Party, implementing some of the most progressive social and climate policies in Europe as well as succeeding in a referendum to rejoin the European Union. Although in 2017 they lost their majority and David Miliband found himself forced to form a coalition with Clegg's New Democrats as both had a strong desire to avoid another NDP-BPP coalition. However, this centrist government was not as popular as the one in the 80s, and by 2023 the NDP fell to becoming the smallest party in the Commons. In 2023 the coalition lost its majority with left wing voters preferring the Greens to Labour and centrists preferring the Progressives so a new government was formed lead by Labour under Miliband for a third term. This government was coalition with Labour, the Progressive Party led by Jo Swinson and the Green Party led by Caroline Lucas. In a fury against Robinson's takeover of the BPP, Nigel Farage, allegedly Robinson's Islamophobia, formed the Reform Party which was based around tax cuts and stopping illegal immigration while taking a soft Eurosceptic lens on the EU.

After the election where the BPP fell to under 200 seats, Anne Marie Waters would then oust Robinson from BPP leadership, believing that his extremism made them unelectable while also accusing his leadership style of being arrogant, elitist and "positively Stalinist" although Robinson would not go quietly and launched a splinter party called the Alternative for Britain (AfB) which remained in the same European, far right, party. After the AfD met with extremists and neo nazis in early 2024 the BPP joined with Le Pen's National Rally in denouncing the AfD's plans while the Nationals supported it for Britain.

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