UK trade union and political party membership over 10 years

UK politics: The main parties have lost thousands of members

UK politics: The main parties have lost thousands of members between 2003 and 2013

UK politics is like a horror show at the moment scary for some, exciting for others. Conventional wisdom says that’s because people have lost faith in politics.

But, after crunching some figures from the House of Commons Library and the Certification Officer, I have uncovered a more nuanced story.

Yes, the main political parties are hemorrhaging members, but other organisations are growing.

In the wake of the Scottish independence referendum and ahead of the 2015 General Election next May, I think this info-graphic will spark interest (see Appendix 1 for full data).

The end of the party? Membership between 2003 and 2013

The end of the party? Membership (2003 – 2013)

Appendix 1

Total trade union
2003: 7.7m
2013: 6.5m
15.5% decrease
RMT Union2003: 67,476
2013:  80,10515.7% increase

Conservative Party

2003: 248,000
2013: 134,000

45.9% decrease

Labour Party

2003: 215,000
2013: 190,000

11.6% decrease

Liberal Democrats

2003: 71,000
2010: 43,000

39.4% decrease

Ukip

2003: 16,000
2013:  32,400

50.6% increase
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