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General election 2015: are the upstart parties here to stay?

The 2010-2015 parliament has belonged to insurgent parties. Is this the new normal?

By Peter Kellner   May 2015

Nicola Sturgeon's SNP and other upstarts have experienced huge swells in popular support during this parliament. © Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In years to come we shall be able to tell whether the 2010-15 parliament was an aberration or the new normal. For decades, key elements of the story remained much the same. A new government would enjoy a brief honeymoon, then succumb to deep mid-term blues while…

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