Influencing / challenging parties from the right/left

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I'm interested in how political parties to the right/ left of the Tory/ Labour Party can either replace them or force them to their political direction.

I think the best way to do this is to selectively target safe seats of your chosen party which have a problematic MP and mount s challenge there.

Fir example if I was the leader of a Socialist Party wishing to push labour to the left I would look at targetting a Labour Safe Seat with a right leaning MP rather than attacking Tory seats or labour marginals.

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I’d become leader of the Labour Party just to abolish it.
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It already happens. Labour has to appeal to green/TUSC voters so to not split the left/centre-left vote and similarly the Tories have to appeal to Brexit/UKIP voters for the same reason.

Immigration was raised by both parties in 2015, and I doubt this would’ve happened as prominently if UKIP weren’t polling 10-20%.

It’s the reason that we had the EU Referendum, because Cameron had to appeal to the UKIP voters or risk a Labour government. So in this context, UKIP and other eurosceptics got what they wanted without getting any actual power.
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It’s difficult to do in a sustainable sense because of FPTP which limits support for those who want to change the idea and the electorate which in the U.K. enjoys complaining but takes a better the devil you know approach (so the likes of UKIP and Brx Party get dumped for the Tories once the issue of the day is done).

In essence to have any influence a rival needs to get a hot button issue but in the long run our system and electorate is not desperate enough for change. We are a constitutionally small c country.
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Mmm...

I've been on the fence about FPTP for a while now but I'm starting to starting to edge towards some sort of PR maybe an Additional Member System like in Scotland.
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