Communist Party of Britain (Marxist–Leninist)

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Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist)
Leader Unknown
Founded 1968
Headquarters London
Ideology Communism
International affiliation None
Politics of Britain
Typical front cover of The Worker from the 1970s

The Communist Party of Britain (Marxist–Leninist) (CPB(M-L)) is a British communist political party. The small party was formed in 1968 by Reg Birch as a split from the Communist Party of Great Britain, siding with the Communist Party of China. Originally planned as the "British Marxist Leninist Organisation", the party published The Worker from 1969 until 2000, when it became Workers. In 1976, the Communist Workers' Movement split from the CPB(M-L), later joining its main British rival, the Revolutionary Communist League of Britain.

The CPB(M-L) sided with Enver Hoxha in the Sino-Albanian split, and came to support the Soviet Union for a period in the 1980s, before dropping this line over Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms.

More recently, the CPB(M-L) has developed a national line for Britain. The party is strongly opposed to the European Union.[1] Like the New Communist Party of Britain, the CPB(M-L) encouraged its supporters to vote Labour in elections to bring about the removal of the Margaret Thatcher government. After she was ousted, it reverted to its line of 'Don't vote, organise'.

CPB(M-L) members focus on work in the labour movement.

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  1. ^ "Congress 2012". Communist Party of Britain (Marxist–Leninist). Retrieved 30 April 2014.

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