British Politics

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 363–385 | Cite as

English national parties in post-devolution UK

  • Colin Copus
Original Article


The introduction of devolved political institutions to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales created a two-fold asymmetrical constitutional system across the United Kingdom, a system from which England was excluded. But, has this exclusion, along with the SNP victory in the 2007 Scottish parliament elections, the Brown premiership and the reluctance among the main UK-wide parties to be seen to promote Englishness and England, or to support the creation of an English Parliament, provided fertile ground for the growth of English national party politics? Given these conditions, an examination of the current state of English national parties and whether a single party has been able to rise to prominence, in a fairly crowded field, tells much about the nature of smaller party politics in the United Kingdom. This article reports the results of recent research exploring the politics, policies and organisation of English nationalist parties, and examines the nature of their nationalism to assess the contribution made to party politics in England. The research from which this article is drawn is funded by the Leverhulme Trust under grant numberF/094/AP.


English national party English nationalism English parliament devolution 



I acknowledge the research contribution to this article made by Karin Bottom, from INLOGOV at Birmingham University, and thank her for the research she carried out for the wider Leverhulme project on small parties and independent politics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin Copus
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  1. 1.Department of Public PolicyLocal Governance Research Unit, De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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