Robert Griffiths (politician)

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Robert Griffiths (politician)
Robert Griffiths, Britain Needs Socialism, 2011.jpg
Robert Griffiths in 2011
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain
Assumed office
1 January 1998
Preceded by Mike Hicks
Welsh Socialist Republican Movement
In office
Preceded by New position
Succeeded by Position Ended
Personal details
Born Robert David Griffiths
(1952-04-21) April 21, 1952 (age 63)[1]
Cardiff, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Communist Party
Other political
Plaid Cymru (1974-78)
WSRM (1979-1982)
Communist Party of Great Britain (until 1988)
Religion None

Robert David Griffiths (born 1952) is the general secretary of the Communist Party of Britain (CPB). He was elected by the CPB's Executive Committee in January 1998, in place of Mike Hicks.[2][3]

Griffiths was born in Cardiff where he attended Bryn Hafod primary school and Cardiff High School.[4] Employed as Plaid Cymru research officer from 1974 until 1979, he published Socialism for the Welsh People with Gareth Miles in July 1979.[5][6][7] In January 1980 he was involved in founding the Welsh Socialist Republican Movement[7] and wrote for the movement's magazine 'the Arrow' (Welsh: Y Saeth).[8] He has also previously served as Welsh president of the AUEW-TASS union.[9]

Griffiths was a speaker at the first Communist University in Wales, and he speaks regularly at national Communist Party events. He has also taken part in debates at the Oxford Union,[10][11][12] Cambridge Union Society[13][14] and Manchester Debating Union.[15] In February 2013, Griffiths was among those who gave their support to the People's Assembly in a letter published by The Guardian newspaper.[16] He continues to be an active supporter of the People's Assembly nationally and is also active in his local People's Assembly in Cardiff.


Elections contested[edit]

European Parliament

In the 1994 election, he stood on behalf of the Communist Party in the single-member South Wales Central constituency, winning 1,073 votes or 0.6% of the total. Later on, in the 2009 and 2014 elections, he stood as part of the No2EU electoral list in the multi-member Wales constituency.[17][18]

UK Parliament elections

All these elections were contested on behalf of the Communist Party.

Election Constituency Votes %
1997 Pontypridd 178[19] 0.4
2001 Newport East[9] 173[20] 0.6
2005 Pontypridd 233[21] 0.6
2010 Cardiff South and Penarth 196[22] 0.4
2012 Cardiff South and Penarth[23] 213[24] 1.1
2015 Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

Local elections

In 2008, he stood for the Splott parish council, winning 127 votes, or 3.4% of the total.[25]


  1. ^ "Robert David Griffiths". YourNextMP. 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Political Situation in Britain". New Worker. New Communist Party of Britain. April 1988. Archived from the original on 13 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Clement, Barrie (22 February 1988). "'Star' strike marks Marx anniversary". the Independent. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "For a people's MP". Election Leaflets. Cardiff. 17 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Madyn. "Sosialaeth i'r Cymry". Gweriniaeth y Gweithiwr (in Welsh). Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Mann, Steve (April 1980). "Review of Gareth Miles and Robert Griffiths' Socialism for the Welsh People". Socialist Challenge. Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Ellis, Peter (1985). the Celtic revolution: a study in anti-imperialism. Talybont: Y Lolfa. pp. 93–95. ISBN 9780862430962. OL 1812565W. 
  8. ^ Tim Richards WSRM / Cymru Goch (video). 24 September 2014. 3 minutes in. 
  9. ^ a b Dominic, MacAskill. "the Communist Party Election Site". Welsh Communist Party. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. 
  10. ^ Don't dream the American Dream (video). Oxford Union. 1 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Oxford Union debate rejects the American Dream". 21centurymanifesto. 24 January 2013. Archived from the original on 24 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Socialism does work (video). Oxford Union. 28 November 2013. 
  13. ^ This House Believes Capitalism Has Failed (video). Cambridge Union Society. 4 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Cambridge Union debate". Cambridge Communists. 9 October 2012. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Taylor, Millia (11 October 2013). "Never take financial advice from someone who has less money than you". the Tab Manchester. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "People's Assembly Against Austerity opening letter". the Guardian. 5 February 2013. p. 33. 
  17. ^ Parry-Jones, Bryn (7 June 2009). "Election for the European Parliament electoral region of Wales" (PDF). Pembrokeshire County Council. 
  18. ^ Parry-Jones, Bryn (25 May 2014). "Election for the European Parliament electoral region of Wales" (PDF). Pembrokeshire County Council. 
  19. ^ Kimber, Richard (22 October 2012). "Pontypridd". General Election result, May 1997. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. 
  20. ^ Kimber, Richard (22 October 2012). "Newport East". General Election result, June 2001. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Results for Pontypridd". the Electoral Commission. 
  22. ^ "Results for Cardiff South and Penarth". the Electoral Commission. 
  23. ^ "Communists to contest Cardiff South and Penarth by-election". Welsh Communist Party. 23 July 2012. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. 
  24. ^ Keane, Kristofer. "Cardiff South and Penarth, 2012". 
  25. ^ Teale, Andrew. "Y Sblot". Local Elections 2008. Local Elections Archive Project. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. 

Party political offices
Preceded by
Mike Hicks
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain Succeeded by
Preceded by
New position
Leader of the WSRM Succeeded by
Position ended