[Marxism] Further on Scotland

Ratbag Media ratbagradio at gmail.com
Sat Sep 27 21:44:31 MDT 2014

I was trying to locate some information on Respect which tried to
colonise Scotland under a No! to independence banner.  En route I came
upon this very useful study:

'Membership of UK political parties '

-- which is a parliamentary briefing paper with up to date figures,
well referenced. It is well worth ploughing through as it logs some
significant trends, both right and left and compared to the rest of


About Respect it writes:

"Founded in 2004 by George Monbiot and Salma Yaqoob, the Respect Party
won its first Parliamentary seat at the 2005 General Election.11
Membership numbers are only available from the Electoral Commission
following the party's split from the Socialist Workers Party in 2007.
In 2008, the first year in which Respect's submissions to the
Electoral Commission included membership data, the party claimed 500
members. Peaking at 1,900 members in 2012, in 2013 Respect disclosed
that it membership had fallen to 200 members."

dave riley

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