The Militant Tendency and entrism in the Labour Party:

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This chapter explores the tactic of entrism within the British Labour Party pursued by the Revolutionary Socialist League and the Militant Tendency between 1955 and 1991. It also explores Labour’s response to such tactics by assessing the impact of the party’s internal investigations into Militant in the 1970s and 1980s, particularly the expulsion of the Militant Editorial Board in 1983, and the Inquiry into the Militant Tendency in Liverpool in 1985-6. Through an examination of the Militant newspaper, the group’s penetration of Labour’s youth wing, and its activities in Liverpool, this study analyses the extent of Militant’s infiltration of the Labour Party.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWaiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956
EditorsEvan Smith, Matthew Worley
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages0
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5261-1368-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-5261-1365-8, 978-1-5261-1366-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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