Communist Party of Great Britain

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Communist Party of Great Britain

Plaid Gomiwnyddol Prydain Fawr
General SecretaryAlbert Inkpin (first)
Nina Temple (last)
Founded31 July 1920
Dissolved23 November 1991
Membership (1945)60,000
Political orientationMarxism-Leninism
Revisionism (later)
Eurocommunism (later)

The Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) was a communist party in the United Kingdom from 1920 to 1991.

History[edit | edit source]

The Communist Party of Great Britain was founded in 1920 and participated in the 1926 general strike. It organized a mass movement against the British Union of Fascists and sent over a thousand volunteers to fight in the Spanish Civil War.[1] In 1945, it won two seats in the House of Commons.[2]

After the Second World War, the CPGB campaigned against British membership in NATO. It organized miners' strikes in the 1970s and '80s. In 1988, a group of communists who had been expelled by the revisionist party leadership founded the Communist Party of Britain.[1] Former members would also found and join the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist–Leninist).[3][4] The CPGB was dissolved in 1991.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The communist party". Communist Party of Britain. Archived from the original on 2022-05-05. Retrieved 2022-06-19.
  2. "1945 General election results summary". UK Political Info. Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  3. "Jack Shapiro lives forever in our hearts!" (2009-12-01). Proletarian.
  4. "Remembering departed comrades" (2008-12-01). Proletarian.