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30 May 2017

Britain's prosperity and security depend on factors we cannot control alone.  As such, foreign policy must be a priority in any decision on Britain's future.

UNA-UK is shining a spotlight on global issues in the run-up to the General Election by extracting passages from parties' manifestos on the subject of international cooperation, as well as on the key areas of foreign policy identified by our report 'Keeping Britain Global'.

View the results

This initiative is part of a set of General Election resources released by UNA-UK to stimulate informed debate on international cooperation and the UN.

Read UNA-UK's own manifesto

Understanding the results

When reviewing the results, please remember the following:

  • The text included comprises verbatim extracts from political parties
  • Parties have been ordered by number of MPs returned to Westminster during the 2015-2017 parliament (where numbers were tied, results of the 2010-2015 parliament was used)
  • The Co-operative Party has been listed last given that its MPs are also jointly Labour MPs and as such there were no exclusively Co-operative Party MPs
  • Different parties approach manifestos differently; some will be more detailed and discursive, others prefer to keep it simple
  • Manifestos are not the only policy expression by political parties - the absence of information on a particular issue could be caused by a number of reasons and may not indicate the absence of a policy on this issue
  • UNA-UK has also obtained exclusive statements from parties regarding their approaches to the United Nations
  • Given that responsibility for British foreign policy lies with the Westminster government, some parties based in devolved nations may choose not to include commitments on foreign policy
  • We are including the main manifestos of the 12 political parties that returned MPs to Westminster during the 2015-2017 parliament (at the time of writing, not all manifestos had been released)
  • While we aim to be as thorough as possible, we may have missed something so please do not take this as a definitive round-up of policies
  • For definitive information, please read the manifestos directly (see links below)
  • UNA-UK is a UK registered charity and is not affiliated with any political party. Read our statement on the Lobbying Act

Links to manifestos*

The Conservative Party

The Co-operative Party

The Democratic Unionist Party

Plaid Cymru

Green Party

The Labour Party

The Liberal Democrats

The Scottish National Party

Sinn Féin

Social Democratic and Labour Party

UK Independence Party

*UNA-UK has included all manifestos of those parties which returned MPs to Westminster during the most recent (2015-2017) parliament.  Please note, at the time of writing, not all manifestos had been released.