Scottish Socialist Party (1987)


Scottish Socialist Party (1987)

The Scottish Socialist Party was a small political party operating in Scotland. It was primarily a left-wing breakaway from the Scottish National Party (SNP) although it succeeded in recruiting a number of Labour Party members, including the former Labour Group leader in Edinburgh council, Alex Wood. The party was established in 1987, shortly after the general election held that year.

It favoured the establishment of a Scottish socialist republic, independent of the United Kingdom.

The party contested only one parliamentary seat, Glasgow Central at the by-election there in 1989, when it polled only a few votes before folding the following year. Many of its members subsequently returned to the SNP, including the candidate in the Glasgow Central by-election, Bill Kidd.

The party published a regular magazine, "Socialist Scotland" and had links with the Welsh socialist party, Cymru Goch.

This party is in no way related to the Scottish Socialist Party established in 1998.


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