Socialist Campaign Group

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The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs often known as The Campaign Group is a left-wing, democratic socialist grouping of Labour Party Members of Parliament in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. It was formed in December 1982 as an alternative Parliamentary left-wing group to the Tribune Group.[1] The Campaign Group, as it is commonly known, is often considered on the hard left of the Labour Party[2] and has been highly critical of New Labour.

Before 2017 the Campaign Group was only open to backbench MPs, this was reformed to allow all Member of Parliament to be members but restricted office holders to non-Cabinet/Shadow Cabinet members. It maintains close links with Momentum and other left wing campaign groups within and outside of the party.

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Founding members[edit]

Deceased[edit]

The following died while still serving in Parliament:

Left Parliament[edit]

These members left Parliament voluntarily, either to retire or for new opportunities elsewhere:

Constituencies abolished[edit]

These members left the Commons in 1983 following the abolition of their constituencies as a result of redrawing of boundaries:

Lost seat in general election[edit]

These members lost their seats in general elections:

Expelled[edit]

The following members were expelled from the Labour Party:

Deselected[edit]

The following members were deselected by their Constituency Labour Parties:

Defected[edit]

In 2005 Brian Sedgemore resigned the Labour Party whip and defected to the Liberal Democrats.

Resigned[edit]

The following members resigned their membership of the Campaign Group in 1985 in a show of support for Neil Kinnock's reforms:

The following members resigned their membership of the Campaign Group in 1988 in protest at Tony Benn's decision to challenge Neil Kinnock for the Labour leadership that year:

The following members resigned their membership of the Campaign Group at various points in time when they became front bench spokespersons or members of the government, which was seen as incompatible with membership of the Campaign Group until 2017:

The following members resigned their membership of the Campaign Group for other reasons:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patrick Seyd, The Rise and Fall of the Labour Left (1987). London: Macmillan.
  2. ^ McDonnell, John (23 July 2007). "Campaign Group's popular policies". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Patrick Seyd, The Rise and Fall of the Labour Left (1987), p. 222. London: Macmillan.