I like Webster
's decision to call the Conservative Party
' rather than 'British Politics
The Conservative party is the mainstream right-wing party of British politics. They ran the country for eighteen years, from 1979 to 1997, under Margaret Thatcher
and John Major
. The current leader (May 2001) is William Hague
, but he may not retain the position if he suffers a crushing defeat in the forthcoming election. The Conservatives are traditionally a pro-capitalist party, garnering support from big business and successful executives.
They are sometimes alluded to as the Tory
party, which was an earlier movement from which they grew.