Britain's Road to Socialism

Britain's Road to Socialism

The cover of the 8th edition
Author Communist Party of Britain
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Politics
Publication date
31 October 2011
Pages 36
ISBN 978-1908315052

Britain's Road to Socialism is the programme of the Communist Party of Britain, and is adhered to by the Young Communist League and the editors of the Morning Star newspaper.

It proposes that socialism can be achieved in Britain by the working class leading the other classes in a popular democratic anti-monopoly alliance[1] against monopoly capital, and implementing a left-wing programme of socialist construction. Part of this strategy involves winning the labour movement with a left-wing position, through struggle in the existing democratic bodies of the working class, such as trades unions, trades union councils and tenant's associations.


The publication of Communist Party programmes in Britain began in the 1920s with the release of Class against Class, the General Election Programme of the Communist Party of Great Britain. This was published in 1929 by the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), the precursor to the Communist Party of Britain, for the general election of that year in which the party fielded 25 candidates.[2] The subsequent programme, titled For Soviet Britain, was published for the party's 13th Congress in 1935.[3] An unnamed draft programme was issued in 1939 but the Second World War and its aftermath delayed the publication of an updated programme until the 1950s.[2]

For Soviet Britain was finally superseded in February 1951 when The British Road to Socialism was published, the original incarnation of today's Britain's Road to Socialism. The first edition of the document received the personal approval of Joseph Stalin prior to publication.[4] Under its original name, it underwent revisions in 1952, 1958, 1968 and 1977.

When the CPGB's leadership abandoned The British Road to Socialism in 1985, elements in the party that remained loyal to the programme, including the then editorial board of The Morning Star, split to form the Communist Party of Britain in 1988. The party published the 6th edition of the The British Road to Socialism in 1989. Two subsequent editions have been produced with further revisions and a change of name to Britain's Road to Socialism. The 7th edition was published in 2001 and the 8th edition in 2011.


  1. Little, Gawain. "Britain's Road to Socialism: Part 6 - The final piece". Morning Star. London. Retrieved 16 March 2013. Ultimately it will be for the working class and the popular antimonopoly alliance it has constructed to lead in both building and defending socialism in Britain.
  2. 1 2 "The revolutionary programmes of British Communism". Lalkar. January 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  3. For Soviet Britain. Communist Party of Great Britain. 2 February 1935. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  4. Singh, Vijay (September 2007). "The British Road to Socialism of 1951: A Programme of People's Democracy". Revolutionary Democracy. New Delhi. XIII (2). Retrieved 25 April 2013. the contribution of Stalin in the writing of the British Road to Socialism was the object of controversy

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