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Updated Following on from the story of the LibDems owning and pulling the site named after Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru, here is a rundown of other party sites owned by people other than themselves. We'll update it as more turn up.

Incidentally, the parties' real sites can be found using the .org.uk endings.

Labour

Newlabour.co.uk redirects randomly to the main three parties.
Newlabour.com is owned by Anthony Stewart but has nothing on it
Newlabourparty.co.uk is owned by Jack Nicholson apparently and points to the Tonbridge and District Angling and Fish Preservation Society
Scottish-labour.org.uk is owned by Russell Horn and points to an SNP site

Conservative

Tory-party.co.uk is owned by the Socialist Workers
Toryparty.co.uk is owned by Nick Tolson and is a spoof site
WilliamHague.com is owned WebFusion and features a staff member as "naturist" William Hague
Conservitives.com is owned by Paul Walters and used to have anti-Tory propaganda but now just points to Zombo.com
Conservativemanifesto.co.uk is owned by Timothy Dewhurst and is quite a funny spoof, especially the asylum bit
MargaretThatcher.com is owned by Iain Dale and calls itself the Ministry of Silly Regulations

Plaid Cymru

Plaid-cymru.co.uk is owned by John Dixon, a LibDem councillor. He was made to pull his anti-Plaid Cymru messages
Plaid.co.uk is owned by Magmom and has some weird app on it that we can't work out
Plaidcymru.com is owned by the Imperial Tories

LibDems

Lib-dems.com is owned by James Tattersall and was a negative site but now points to Lib-dem.org.uk
LiberalDemocrat.co.uk is owned by serial cybersquatter John Pepin (nothing on it)
LiberalDemocrat.org.uk is also owned by serial cybersquatter John Pepin (nothing on it)

Things are getting a bit more obscure now, but it would seem the Conservatives' lesbian, gay and bi-sexual campaign arm, Torche is cybersquatting on the LibDems LesBiGay arm Delga. Delga.org points to Torche.gb.org.

And then there was one reader determined to cybersquat on a political-based domain but left empty handed after trying SaveThePound.com, Bandwagon.com, TwoJags.com and TwoJabs.com as well as StealthTax.com.

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