The Socialist Labour Party was launched by leading trades unionists and campaign activists at its first congress on May Day 1996. The congress was called a year after Tony Blair's 'New' Labour abandoned any commitment to progressive change for socialism in Britain.
However, the SLP is far more than a reaction to developments in the Labour Party. Socialist Labour aims to build on the heritage of all the movements of resistance to the free-market offensive in Britain over the past two decades. In particular, it is the political heir of the year-long miner's strike of 1984-5 and of the tremendous movement of solidarity it inspired in all sections of British society.
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Photo: the SLP out in force at the Durham Miners Gala
Unlike the 'mainstream' parties Socialist Labour does not have powerful multi millionaire backers but relies on donations from it's members and ordinary working people who support the party's policies and aims. We need funds to continue and develop the campaign for a socialist Britain. We are grateful for all contributions. If you are able to donate to our fighting fund you can send a cheque or postal order to: the General Secretary, Socialist Labour Party, PO Box 193 Liverpool L38 0WX. Cheques should be made payable to "Socialist Labour Party".