The Conservative Party
(officially the Conservative and Unionist Party
) is one of the main political parties in Great Britain
. It is stronger in England
than in Wales
; its equivalent in Northern Ireland
is the Ulster Unionist Party
. It originated in 1834 out of the original Tory Party, which dated to 1678, and is still often referred to informally as the "Tory Party". From 2010 to 2015 it was in a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats
, but since 2015 it has formed a government by itself.
The Conservative Party has not generally been seen as favourable to LGBT rights, having for instance supported Section 28. However the Conservative-led coalition promoted a number of LGBT-friendly policies such as Equal marriage.
There is a Conservative LGBT group, LGBTory.