Workers Party of Britain

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Workers Party of Britain
LeaderGeorge Galloway
Deputy LeaderJoti Brar
FounderGeorge Galloway
FoundedDecember 2019; 2 years ago (2019-12)
Headquarters274 Moseley Rd,
Birmingham B12 0BS
House of Commons
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House of Lords
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Senedd
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Scottish Parliament
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Local government
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Website
workerspartybritain.org

The Workers Party of Britain (WPB) is a minor political party in Britain, formed in December 2019 and led by George Galloway. It holds no elected representation at any level of government.

History[edit]

The Workers Party of Britain was founded in response to the Labour Party's landslide defeat at the 2019 United Kingdom general election and the resignation of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party. It was formed with a commitment to "defend the achievements of the USSR, China, Cuba etc."[1] The WPB labels itself as an opposition to Labour, arguing that the latter no longer represents the British working class.[2] The party has defended Chris Williamson, who was suspended from the Labour Party for his comments about antisemitism allegations in the Labour Party, and Ken Livingstone, who left the party following allegations of antisemitism.[3]

The party has strong links with the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist–Leninist) (CPGB-ML), which welcomed the foundation of the WPB. Joti Brar, vice-chair of the CPGB-ML, was elected as deputy leader of the WPB.[4][5] According to The National's George Kerevan, Brar is a Maoist.[6] The WPB recognises the support the CPGB-ML offered to Galloway concerning his support for Brexit.[7]

In March 2021, the party stood its first candidate for elected office, Paul Burrows, in the by-election for Helensburgh and Lomond South ward on Argyll and Bute Council.[8] Burrows came last out of six, gaining 22 votes (0.9%).[9]

In the 2021 United Kingdom local elections, the party stood more than 40 candidates for local elections in England, none of whom were elected.[citation needed] Its two candidates in Wakefield District Council received 80 and 43 votes.[3][10] In the ward of Chopwell and Rowlands Gill, Andrew Metcalf gained 200 votes, coming in fourth.[11]

The WPB contested its first parliamentary seat at the 2021 Batley and Spen by-election, with Galloway as its candidate.[1] Galloway gained 8,264 votes (21.9%) and came in third, behind the winning Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater and second placed Conservative candidate Ryan Stephenson. The Lib Dems came in fourth place, as they did in the previous election.[12] Galloway concentrated on the issues of the Palestinian territories, the Kashmir conflict, criticism of Labour leader Keir Starmer, the suspension of a teacher for showing a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad at Batley Grammar School, and the reopening of a police station in Batley.[13][14][15] The campaign received considerable media attention due to incidents of harassment during its final days.[16][17][18][19] The Jewish Labour Movement called the result a "triumph for hope and decency" over Galloway's "toxic politics".[20] Galloway vowed to challenge the result on the basis of an alleged "false statement" made about him by Leadbeater and Starmer, which he said tipped the result of the by-election.[21][22]

The party contested the Almond ward of Edinburgh council in the 2022 Scottish local elections, but came last with 61 first preference votes (0.4%).[23]

The party did not stand in the 2022 Wakefield by-election or the 2022 Tiverton and Honiton by-election.

Platform[edit]

The party describes itself as "economically radical with an independent foreign policy" and "unequivocally committed to class politics".[24][25]

In May 2021, Galloway described the party as "the working-class patriotic alternative to fake woke anti-British 'Labour'".[26]

Election results[edit]

Senedd elections[edit]

Year Votes % Seats Misc.
2021 411 0.04% 0/60 Contested South Wales Central (0.2%)

Scottish Parliament elections[edit]

Year Votes % Seats Misc.
2021 23,299 0.9% 0/129 As part of All for Unity, contested all regional ballots

UK Parliamentary by-elections[edit]

Year Votes Candidate % Seat
2021 8,264 George Galloway 21.9% Batley and Spen

Notable members[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b Spereall, David (26 April 2021). "Wakefield local elections 2021: George Galloway's Workers Party of Britain stands in the district for the first time". Wakefield Express. Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
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  9. ^ "Argyll & Bute Council Election Results Ward 11 -Helensburgh and Lomond South" (PDF). Argyll and Bute Council. 19 March 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 May 2021. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  10. ^ "District Council election Results 2021". Wakefield Council. 7 September 2021. Archived from the original on 7 September 2021. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
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  16. ^ Sullivan, Rory (26 June 2021). "Jo Cox's sister, Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater, heckled and chased on campaign trail". The Independent. Archived from the original on 26 June 2021. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
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  20. ^ Hoffman, Noa (2 July 2021). "Galloway defeat in Batley and Spen hailed as 'triumph' over 'toxic politics'". The Jewish Chronicle. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  21. ^ Stone, Jon (2 July 2021). "Batley and Spen: George Galloway says he will take legal action to challenge by-election defeat". The Independent. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  22. ^ Geddes, Jonathan (2 July 2021). "Would-be Rutherglen MP George Galloway told to honour his promises". Daily Record. Archived from the original on 21 July 2021. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  23. ^ "First Preference Report: Ward 1 - Almond". City of Edinburgh Council. 6 May 2022. Archived from the original on 30 May 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
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