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  Socialist Party of England and Wales
CountryUnited Kingdom
Last EditedRalphie - March 28, 2008 10:31pm
DescriptionThe Socialist Party is a Trotskyist political party active in England and Wales. They publish a weekly newspaper entitled The Socialist and a monthly Socialism Today. As an organisation, it has evolved from the Militant Tendency, who were expelled from the Labour Party, for entryism, after opposing the social democratic line of the leadership.

There was a debate with the Militant Tendency as to whether or not to cease working within the Labour Party and the majority of the group decided to do so, although a minority around Ted Grant broke away to form Socialist Appeal. This debate ran alongside a parallel debate on the future of Scottish politics. The result was that the experiment of operating as an "open party" was first undertaken in Scotland under the name of Scottish Militant Labour. This initiative would eventually lead to the foundation of the Scottish Socialist Alliance. The majority of Scottish members then broke away to form the core of the Scottish Socialist Party.

For a while, the party was known as Militant Labour. After changing their name to the Socialist Party, they were one of the founders of the local Socialist Alliance groups, but they left in 1999.

Since ending their short tenure in the Socialist Alliance, the Socialist Party has run candidates in elections as Socialist Alternative. They have three councillors in Coventry and two in Lewisham, South London.

The Socialist Party is a smaller organisation than the Militant of the 1980s. Under the leadership of Peter Taaffe, their policies have remained close to the Trotskyist mainstream. Their demand for the nationalisation of the one hundred and fifty top British companies and their longstanding emphasis on running in elections has led some critics to label them as reformists though the party insists that their method is based on Trotsky's Transitional Programme.

The Socialist Party is affilliated to the Committee for a Workers International, and is indeed the largest of its forty members.

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05/04/2006 London Borough of Lewisham Council - Telegraph Hill Jessica Leech Lost 10.03% (-3.63%)
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