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Socialist Party
TSR SOCIALIST PARTY new torch logo 2
Commissar for External Affairs DMcGovern MP
Commissar for Internal Affairs cranbrook_aspie MP
Deputy Commissar Mactotaur
Founded November 2006
Membership Classified
Ideology Democratic socialism
Trotskyism
Marxism
Leninism
Eurocommunism
Political position Left-wing to Far-Left
Colours      Red
House of Commons
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Website
Socialist Party
Elections

"We want to achieve a new and better order of society. Not a handful of the rich, but all the working people must enjoy the fruits of their common labour. This new and better society is called a socialist society." - Vladimir Lenin

The Socialist Party formed towards the end of the Third Parliament in order to promote socialist ideals within the Model House of Commons. They are historically the most successful party outside of the "Big Three" (Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat), and have averaged approximately 6 seats an election since their foundation, never passing below 3 seats and with a peak of 11 in the Eighth Parliament.

Immediately after forming, they were strongly successful by third party standards. Having been created just as the original Green Party and Respect Party had disbanded, they picked up this now uncontested niche of the political market, and then took some support from Labour.

There was a great change in fortune following the shift by Labour towards the centre in the Eighth Parliament. The result was that instead of Labour and the Socialists dividing the left-wing vote and the Liberal Democrats having the unchallenged pick of the centre-left vote, Labour and the Liberal Democrats divided the centre-left vote and the Socialists took the left-wing vote essentially unchallenged. The Socialists picked up 11 seats, an all-time high for their party, and formed Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition - for the first time - against a minority Conservative government. This title was somewhat ironic given the Socialist policy of disestablishment of the monarchy (British Republicanism). In March 2009, Alasdair set up the party's own newspaper titled 'The Socialist'. Two more issues have been released since.

For the Ninth Parliament's General Election, Labour moved leftwards to reclaim their lost vote. Whilst the Socialists defeated Labour by a narrow margin, it was the Liberal Democrats who became the largest centre-left party. In the same Parliament, the Conservatives picked up 19 seats having benefited from from the popularity of the real-life Conservative Party and the fact that the right was divided to a far lesser extent than the left. Seeking to oppose this, the Liberal Democrats proposed a LibDem-Socialist-Labour coalition. This triggered the constitutional crisis that left the Ninth Parliament without government, as the Conservatives disputed the legitimacy of a three-party coalition offer.

Following the Ninth Parliament, the Socialist Party began to lose seats and saw defections to the Labour Party. By the Twelfth Parliament, the Socialists had recorded a fall to 4 seats. The Socialists began to recover, however, recording a gradual increase in seats through Parliaments Thirteen to Fifteen, and after Faland began to caucus with them in the Fifteenth Parliament they reached 8 seats, their second-highest.

This ascendancy was briefly halted when, in the Sixteenth Parliament, the Green Party re-formed, further dividing the furthest left end of the electorate. When the Socialists extended a coalition offer to the Labour Party at the start of the Sixteenth Parliament, the Labour Party, having moved leftwards in the previous term, accepted, and together they formed a Labour-Addzter-Socialist coalition. The Socialist Party followed this up with a one seat increase to six in the Seventeenth Parliament and formed the first ever coalition of opposition with the Green Party. However in the early election for the Eighteenth Parliament the Socialists performed less well, raking in only four seats and 7.71% vote share.

In the Nineteenth Parliament, the Socialists became members of a three-party coalition between themselves, Labour and Greens.

Socialist Party TSR logo

The Socialist Party logo in use up to the XXIVth Parliament

Fast forwarding to the Twenty-First and Twenty-Second Parliaments, the Socialists suffered their biggest defeats to date, winning only 3 seats, after a term of producing no legislation at all; this continued in the Twenty-Second Parliament with them winning only two seats.

However, these defeats woke up the party, and following a large influx of members around the time of the General Election, new recruits TheDefiniteArticle and DMcGovern formed the representation in the MHoC and finished the parliamentary term with one of the most productive Parliaments in terms of legislation, and holding senior roles in the MHoC: the MP DMcGovern becoming both Commissar for External Affairs and Chair of the somewhat controversial Crisis Committee. TheDefiniteArticle became Deputy Commissar shortly afterwards and new recruit Mactotaur became Commissar for Internal Affairs.

In the 23rd General Election, the Socialist Party bounced back by winning five seats in the MHoC, which in part led to the Labour Party's defeat by a single vote by the Conservatives, who formed the Conservative-Liberal coalition government. TheDefiniteArticle defected to Labour after senior Labour members cBay and cranbrook_aspie joined the Socialist Party, with the latter becoming CI and former becoming DC.

In the 24th General Election, the Socialist Party lost a seat but due to the Green Party forgetting to submit their manifesto and so not being able to stand, Labour won 17 seats and formed the Labour-Socialist government. The Socialist Party then voted for a new logo co-made by DMcGovern and cranbrook_aspie. cBay then resigned as DC and MP for the Socialist Party, leaving Mactotaur to take his place as DC and frankielogue elected to fill the MP seat.

Talk about unique leadership structure here.

Electoral performance

Election Votes Vote % Rank Seats Change in Seats Outcome of Election
June 2017 12 5.8% 5th
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Decrease 1  ?

Commissar for External Affairs (CE)

The position of First Commissar (Commissar of Recruitment and External Affairs) was established in August 2008. In June 2014, the title was changed to Commissar for External Affairs in order to eliminate the hierarchical difference between it and the Second Commissar role. As the name suggests, the Commissar for External Affairs is responsible for ensuring the party is well represented in the House through overseeing legislation and establishing good links with other parties.

There have been 12 CEs to date with Herbal Bug being the first one and DMcGovern being the current one. No CE is yet to serve as Prime Minister.

CEs who have also served as CIs during their membership are marked with an asterisk.

Commissar for External Affairs Took office Left office
Herbal Bug August 2008 November 2008
ukebert November 2008 January 2009
Alasdair January 2009 November 2009
Nothos November 2009 March 2010
iwilson March 2010 August 2010
SciFiBoy September 2010 December 2010
Stricof* December 2010 April 2012
Abiraleft April 2012 October 2012
Faland* October 2012 September 2013
Republic1 September 2013 May 2015
Stiff Little Fingers* May 2015 January 2016
DMcGovern January 2016 Incumbent

Commissar for Internal Affairs (CI)

The position of Second Commissar (Commissar of Legislative Affairs) was established in August 2008. In June 2014, the title of Second Commissar was replaced with Commissar for Internal Affairs, as mentioned, to make it equal to the First Commissar position.The Commissar for Internal Affairs is responsible for running internal elections, reminding MPs to vote and more commonly, to send party updates.

There have been 14 CIs to date with Grape190190 being the first one and cranbrook_aspie being the current one. No CI is yet to serve as Prime Minister.

CIs who have also served as CEs during their membership are marked with an asterisk.

Commissar for Internal Affairs Took office Left office
Grape190190 August 2008 February 2009
Jangrafess February 2009 November 2009
Jace Falco November 2009 March 2010
Stricof* March 2010 August 2010
xXedixXx (now StatusRed) September 2010 March 2011
badger-man April 2011 October 2012
PoGoHoPz October 2012 April 2013
Stiff Little Fingers* April 2013 September 2013
Faland* September 2013 April 2014
O133 (now Saracen's Fez) April 2014 September 2014
Black Hippy October 2014 May 2015
DaveSmith99 May 2015 May 2016
Mactotaur May 2016 September 2016
cranbrook_aspie September 2016 Incumbent

Deputy Commissar (DC)

In June 2014, the title of Deputy First Commissar was replaced with Deputy Commissar, with the role now backing up the CE and CI.

There have been 12 DCs to date with paperclip being the first one and Mactotaur being the current one.

DCs who have also served as Senior Commissars (CE or CI) during their membership are marked with an asterisk.

Deputy Commissar Took office Left office
paperclip unknown unknown
DayneD89 unknown unknown
Abiraleft* unknown unknown
Stricof* unknown unknown
SciFiRory* unknown unknown
Saoirse:3 unknown September 2013
nixonsjellybeans September 2013 May 2015
KevK92 May 2015 May 2016
TheDefiniteArticle May 2016 August 2016
Aph (acting) August 2016 September 2016
cBay September 2016 December 2016
Mactotaur* December 2016 Incumbent

Third Commissar (C3)

The position of Third Commissar (Commissar for Party Discipline) was created in August 2008. However, it was abolished in September 2013 and the position is not currently being used.

There were 7 Third Commissars with ukebert being the first one and nixonsjellybeans being the last one.

Third Commissars who also served as Senior Commissars are marked with an asterisk.

Third Commissar Took office Left office
ukebert* August 2008 October 2008
Jace Falco November 2008 March 2009
paperclip March 2009 November 2009
Vienna Cannon November 2009 March 2010
Abiraleft* March 2010 November 2010
Olivia_Lightbulb December 2010 November 2011
nixonsjellybeans* April 2013 September 2013

External Links

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