Workers Party of Britain


The Workers Party of Britain (WPB) is a minor political party formed in December 2019. Following its establishment in 2019 by its General Members Council, and its leader George Galloway and deputy leader Joti Brar, it campaigned in two elections in Wales, and Scotland, without gaining any seats. George Galloway is to stand as the party's candidate for the 2021 Batley and Spen by-election.[1]

Workers Party of Britain
LeaderGeorge Galloway
Deputy LeaderJoti Brar (vice-chair of the CPGB-ML)
FounderGeorge Galloway
FoundedDecember 2019; 1 year ago (2019-12)
Regional affiliationAll for Unity (Scotland)
Website
workerspartybritain.org

Political positions


The party describes itself as "economically radical with an independent foreign policy" and "unequivocally committed to class politics".[2][3]

The party has defended Chris Williamson, who was suspended from Labour for his comments about antisemitism, and Ken Livingstone, who left the party following allegations of antisemitism.[4] In May 2021 Galloway described the party as "the working-class patriotic alternative to fake woke anti-British 'Labour.'"[5]

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.[6] Brar is an outspoken critic of identity politics as well as transgender rights from a Marxist materialist perspective.[7] The WPB recognises the support the CPGB-ML offered to Galloway concering his position towards Brexit.[8]

History


The Workers Party of Britain was founded in response to the Labour Party's defeat in the 2019 United Kingdom general election and the ousting of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Labour. The WPB labels itself as an opposition to Labour, arguing that the latter no longer represented the British working class.[9]

The party gained its first town councillor in 2021, the former independent James Ball who sits on Rhyl town council. 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.[10] Burrows gained 22 votes (0.9%).[11]

In the 2021 United Kingdom local elections, the party stood more than 40 candidates for local elections in England, in addition to standing candidates for the 2021 Senedd election and the 2021 Scottish Parliament election as a part of the All for Unity alliance. No seats were won by the party.

Election results


Senedd elections

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

Holyrood elections

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

UK Parliament elections

Year Votes % Seats Misc.
2021 TBC TBC 1 By-election in Batley and Spen

References


  1. Quinn, Ben (27 May 2021). "Ex-Labour MP George Galloway joins Batley and Spen byelection race". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  2. Macnamara, Felicity (16 December 2019). "Former Bradford MP George Galloway launches new 'Workers Party'". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  3. "Introducing the Workers Party". Workers Party of Britain. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  4. 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. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  5. Young, Chris (12 May 2021). "Former Bradford West MP George Galloway announces that his party will stand in Batley and Spen by-election". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  6. "The Brexit election and the birth of the Workers party". The Communists. 29 December 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  7. "Joti Brar" via open.spotify.com.
  8. "Frequently Asked Questions: 10. What is your relationship to The Communists?". Workers Party of Britain. 6 June 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  9. "Frequently Asked Questions". Workers Party of Britain. 6 June 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  10. Borland, Craig (15 February 2021). "It's a six-way battle in Helensburgh and Lomond South by-election". Helensburgh Advertiser. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  11. "Argyll & Bute Council Election Results Ward 11 -Helensburgh and Lomond South" (PDF). Argyll and Bute Council. 19 March 2021.