Scottish Socialist Party (1987-1990)
The Scottish Socialist Party
were a small political party
operating in Scotland
. They were primarily a left-wing breakaway from the Scottish National Party
(SNP) although they succeeded in recruiting a number of Labour Party
members also, including the Labour Group leader in Edinburgh
council, Andrew Wood. The party was established in 1987
, shortly after the general election held that year
They favoured the establishment of a Scottish socialist republic, independent of the United Kingdom.
They contested only one parliamentary seat, Glasgow Central at the by-election there in 1989 where they polled only a few votes before folding the following year. Many of their members subsequently returned to the SNP.
They published a regular magazine, Socialist Scotland.
This party was in no way related to the Scottish Socialist Party established in 1998, although there are remarkable similarities between their policy programmes.