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The Communist Party of Britain was formed after a split in the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) in 1988.

An Aberdeen branch has been active since 2017.

Related entries: Aberdeen Communist Party.

References: website.

Sources: unknown

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There was an anarchist group in Aberdeen in the 1890s but there does not appear to have been a formal group again until the late 1960s. The Aberdeen Anarchist Group was active by 1966, and by 1968 there were 2 groups (Aberdeen Anarchists and Aberdeen Anarchist Federation (a branch of the national group, The Syndicalists Workers’ Federation), as well as a student group at Aberdeen University. Local anarchists were involved in other campaigns as well such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (Youth), Committee of 100, the anti-Vietnam war movement and tenants’ rights groups. Also of note is that the Scottish Anarchist Conference was held in Aberdeen in March 1969 and the Anarchist Federation of Scotland branch Scottish Secretary was based in Montrose.

The Aberdeen groups appear to have dissolved by 1970. From the late 1960s as well, local anarchists were now forming new groups, and calling themselves libertarian socialists: Solidarity (Aberdeen Group) (1967 – 1972), Aberdeen Libertarian Socialist Group (c.1973 – c.1982) and Social Revolution/Solidarity (c.1975 – c.1982). These groups were very active for many years, locally and nationally, and the Social Revolution group of the late 1970s was part of the Scottish Libertarian Federation.

There was an active anarchist group by the late 1980s and they issued a news-sheet titled ‘Titanic: Aberdeen Anarchist Monthly’. There have been numerous groupings active since then (such as Aberdeen Anarchist Resistance in the early 2000s), yet groups have often been short-lived and prone to lapse (the latest incarnation of a group was set up in 2016). There are strong connections with other groups such as Aberdeen Against Austerity and the Aberdeen Anti-Fascist Alliance.

Related entries: Aberdeen Against Austerity, Aberdeen Anti-Fascist Alliance, Aberdeen Libertarian Socialist Group, Aberdeen University Anarchist Group, Social Revolution/Solidarity and Solidarity (Aberdeen Group).

References: Aberdeen Press and Journal and Freedom newspaper sourced online.

Sources: some printed material (a copy of ‘Titanic: Aberdeen Anarchist Monthly’, c.1988, is held at the Scottish Radical Library/ACE archive in Edinburgh).

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A branch of the national organisation which had been founded in 1950 (as the Socialist Review Group), which became the International Socialists in 1962 and finally the Socialist Workers Party in 1977. Members are very active in campaigns in the city and selling the Socialist Worker newspaper.

Related entries: Aberdeen University Socialist Worker Student Society.

References: adverts in International Socialism newspaper.

Sources: national archive is held at Warwick University, Modern Records Centre.

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After many years of organising, the Aberdeen Social Centre, based in the offices of the Aberdeen Trades Union Council in the Adelphi, opened its doors in September 2018. The Centre aims to be a valuable resource for the city where local campaign groups can hold meetings, disseminate information, hold social events and be part of a wider network of support.

References: website.

Sources: unknown.

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The Socialist Party (with organisations in both Scotland and in England/Wales) is a Trotsykist organisation previously known as Militant Labour (which was active in the 1970s and 1980s). The Party are part of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), a socialist international that organises in over forty countries across the world. The Party also plays a leading role in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

There is also a student wing called Aberdeen University Socialist Students Society.

Related entries: Aberdeen University Socialist Students Society.

References: national group website.

Sources: unknown.

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The Women’s Equality Party is a national political party founded in 2015 by author and journalist Catherine Mayer and broadcaster and author Sandi Toksvig. The party takes inspiration from the suffragettes and this is reflected in the party logo colours of green, purple and white. The mission of the party is to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men and aims for equal representation in politics, business, industry and throughout working life. The party has already ran candidates in local, mayoral elections and in the 2017 General Election.

There are branches in Scotland, including a Grampian branch, based in Keith in Moray.

References: website.

Sources: unknown.

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2018 – a year of anniversaries

”It is impossible to over-estimate what the world owes to its day-dreamers: those men and women who have, what may almost be called the gift of second sight, who can raise up within their own minds the fabrics of an institution which oftimes is brought into existence amid opposition and calumny” (quote from Book of the Bazaar: Aberdeen United Trades’ Council, 1896).

2018 is a year of notable anniversaries!

2018 is the 150th anniversary of the Aberdeen Trades Union Council. There will be commemorative events held across the year I hear, including receptions with the Lord Provosts of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire and special events planned around the traditional May Day and St Andrew’s Day marches and rallies.

2018 is also the 50th anniversary of the actions of 1968, the 100th anniversary of the first Labour Party MP elected in Aberdeen, the 150th anniversary of the British Trades’ Union Congress and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx.

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