Can you be a member of two political parties at once?

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Mittalmar
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Hey I want join a new party. Just wondering whether it was illegal to be a member of two parties at once?
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It's not illegal but it's quite possible you'll be expelled from one or both parties if they find out. Probably against their rules.
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Don't see why not - but why would you want to? Which parties?
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Not without annoying a whole bunch of people.
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It's not illegal and you can donate to two parties if you wish, however, if one or both find out you will most likely be expelled from the party.
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Where its probably not illegal in its self, it could lead to illegal activities depending on the positions and intentions within each party. However, not all political parties have a platform or intention to form a government and not all parties are active in all areas of the UK e.g Green Peace or Shinn Fein. If we have a look at Green Peace there policies might be very similar to that of say Liberal Democrates. So for example people who are members of Green Peace will perhaps vote Green in local elections, but in general elections vote for a member of another party because either they dont have a candidate running to be MP or they have concern over which party will form the government. So in summery I think it depends who and why.
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That well know political party Green Peace ...
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My brother got handed a form to sign up for Labour party membership when he was at the House of Commons talk about FDI.On the form there was a tick-box saying that you promise that you are not a member/ affiliated with any other political party in the UK. I'd imagine other parties have similar things.
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not technically
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It's not illegal (explicitly) but it is certainly frowned upon and might constitute a breach of contract.
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Its not illegal but most parties don't approve (particularly if you're active for another party) and they've expel you.
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So the answer is for a group of 5 friends to each join a different party and exchange notes.
I also find it a bit disconcerting that there may be secrets within a particular party, but I guess that's the nature of politics and why there are so many scandals and embarrassing leaks!
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(Original post by peejay69)
So the answer is for a group of 5 friends to each join a different party and exchange notes.
I also find it a bit disconcerting that there may be secrets within a particular party, but I guess that's the nature of politics and why there are so many scandals and embarrassing leaks!
It's more the principle of joining more than one party. They want you to be motivated and interested in their party, not others too. Also, joining a different party may come across as you not being dedicated or just there for other intentions.

I've joined a party, and i'm sure if I joined another and the local office found out they wouldn't be very happy, particularly since I've been doing a lot of campaigning.
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Yes I get that, but personally I am more interested in what they say behind closed doors than the rhetoric they come out with for the general public. As I am not aligned with one particular party, I would like to find out more about all the parties and the only way to do that is from within. I'm sure they wouldn't like that as I believe they all come out with things to members of their particular political affiliation that they would not say in public. Being in a closed circle, only discussing things with like minded people in no way expands thinking, this may well be why even cabinet ministers come out with complete rubbish, which they can't justify in the real world on programs like the Today Program on Radio 4 whilst talking to the likes of John Humphfrys. I was getting the emails from one well known party during the election campaign which was clearly directed to like minded / converted people if you like, it was this made me interested in what the others had to say.
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(Original post by peejay69)
Yes I get that, but personally I am more interested in what they say behind closed doors than the rhetoric they come out with for the general public. As I am not aligned with one particular party, I would like to find out more about all the parties and the only way to do that is from within. I'm sure they wouldn't like that as I believe they all come out with things to members of their particular political affiliation that they would not say in public. Being in a closed circle, only discussing things with like minded people in no way expands thinking, this may well be why even cabinet ministers come out with complete rubbish, which they can't justify in the real world on programs like the Today Program on Radio 4 whilst talking to the likes of John Humphfrys. I was getting the emails from one well known party during the election campaign which was clearly directed to like minded / converted people if you like, it was this made me interested in what the others had to say.

To be honest, if you were to join a party the most you would hear "behind closed doors" is the bickering about other members / councillors hating on other council members of the same party etc.
The real discussions happen at a higher level within the party, which would be difficult to get to unless you are really involved and well known.

Why don't you join the Facebook group's of the various parties? That would give you an idea of what goes on (what party members discuss).

I've joined the FB group of the party I've joined, and you'll find that actually party members are aware of the strengths of the other party and what they've done successfully, they obviously just don't admit it in public. Frequently you will hear "Despite the fact (insert party) has managed to achieve this which is brilliant and something we should have done earlier, we can argue against it by saying..."
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Usually parties don't like it, but there are exceptions. Ed Balls for example is a member of both Labour and the Cooperative Party, which work closely together and field joint candidates in elections.
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Ah yes, Principles in politics! We have had a lot of that recently.I’m a socialist by inclination but because I’m In Northern Ireland Labour refuse to recognise me. Puts me in mind of Groucho Marks when he said he wouldn’t join a club that would have him as a member.I think political parties should welcome members rather exclude them. That way we can debate more constructively and hopefully move forward.
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I agree with SOME policies from all the political parties.

It's a sad state of affairs that politics has to be so tribalised.

Maybe, the UK needs a parliament for every issue, with elected single-issue MPs?
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Perhaps look at the Green Parties proposals for Citizens Assemblies which would put power back into local hands rather than corporate and business affiliations of big business councilors and MPs. Sounds like a much fairer system to me ....
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