“Smaller parties have a surprisingly big impact on British politics”

” … Small parties are the backbone of our democracy. They force the mainstream to do more and to do it better, whether that’s a green new deal, shared parental rights or the chance to remain in Europe.

One of the most damaging effects of Brexit would be to remove the only England-wide election that uses proportional voting to give space to new ideas. That will make it easier for the two main parties to dominate, even as their popularity plummets. Wherever small parties don’t run, we all lose. …”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/22/smaller-parties-big-impact-uk-politics-womens-equality-party